Potential Sources of Stress
1. Spiritual Walk
b. Personal devotions
iv. Bible reading
c. Church attendance
e. Service / Ministry
2. Health Considerations
e. Neurochemical issues
5. Legal issues
a. Family problems
b. Balancing work and family
c. Elder care
d. Child care
7. Holidays / Significant dates
8. Unfulfilled life expectations
9. Change in personal habits
10. Decision making – faced with a major decision and unable to make it. Delay or passing the buck. Made a decision and can’t quit worrying about it. Made a wrong decision and can’t get over it.
11. Feelings of exclusion
a. Prejudice – unreasonable predilection for or objection to something without just grounds or evidence
b. Bigotry – obstinate and unreasoning attachment to one’s own belief and opinions with intolerance of beliefs opposed to them.
c. Racism – belief that one’s own psychocultural traits are superior to other’s.
d. Sexism – prejudice or discrimination based on sex. Behavior, conditions or attitudes that foster stereotypes of social roles based on sex.
e. Cliques – narrow, exclusive circles or groups of persons usually held together by common interests, views or purposes.
12. Time management
13. Disorganization / Unreasonable need to organize
14. Failure / Success
15. Significant life adjustments – Any critical life changes, both pleasant and unpleasant.
a. Grief and loss
b. Change management
c. Promotion / demotion
d. Marriage / divorce
e. Romance gain / loss
f. Pregnancy / loss of child (death or empty nest)
g. Technology / Systems
16. Psychological considerations
a. Perfectionism - While positive self-expectations motivate you to realize your goals, unrealistic expectations can lead to setting yourself up for failure and a lowering of self-esteem.
b. Personality / Temperament
c. Spiritual gifts
d. Mental illness
e. Feeling unattractive
h. Mental patterns:
i. Catastrophism – making mountains out of molehills
ii. False humility - constant attention to the needs of others can lead to dissatisfaction when no-one looks after our needs
iii. Narcisism – the desire to always have the love and admiration of all people important to us.
iv. Misplaced pride – the desire to be thoroughly competent at all times.
v. Externalism – The belief that external factors cause all misfortune.
vi. Sitcom syndrome – the belief or desire that events will always turn out the way we want them to and that people will always do what we want. A lack of patience; the feeling that things should be resolved by now.
vii. False fatalism – the belief that we cannot escape the consequences of our sin; that past mistakes will inevitably control what will happen in the future.
viii. Time warp syndrome – the inability to remain in one’s proper time. Improper concern over the future or the past.
17. Anger management
18. Communication difficulties - Poor communication leads to conflicts that can escalate into increased frustration and open hostility.