Three daily stressors that could impact your mental health
There are a variety of circumstances that can be responsible for triggering mental health struggles, and they’re not always big life events. In fact, some of the small, everyday annoyances that we each have to face can have a huge impact on our mental health, and lead to common conditions such as anxiety and depression.
It’s important to be able to recognise the stressors that feel triggering to us so that we can take better care of our wellbeing day-to-day. Let’s take a closer look at some of the most common culprits.
1. The daily commute
It’s never fun to be sitting in traffic when you’re running late, or stuck on a crowded road behind a reckless driver. While the daily commute can feel frustrating for most people, some find circumstances like these particularly difficult to cope with. For some, driving stressors can lead to troublesome feelings of rage or anxiety around driving, which can have a very detrimental impact on their mental wellbeing long term.
2. A busy day at work
Most of us are familiar with just how tiring work can be. From tackling mountains of paperwork to meeting deadlines and responding to emails, the daily work-related stressors we face are endless. If we don’t find ways to better cope with these difficulties – for example, through better managing our time at work – we may find that our mental health begins to suffer as a result.
3. Family responsibilities
Our family members can be great for boosting our mental health, but they can put strain on us too. It may be that parents struggle to balance work with finding childcare, or perhaps keeping young children occupied and happy when they’re at home. Others may find that their family-related stress stems from an argument with a partner, or simply from having a lot to clean up around the house. These issues often feel difficult because of the amount of pressure we put on ourselves to maintain the perfect family life and home – an ultimately impossible standard.
Why should we watch for daily stressors?
On their own, each of these daily occurrences will feel manageable for most people. However, it is the recurring element of these situations and circumstances that can cause them to negatively impact our mental health over time. The best thing you can do is to find ways to cope with stress, in order to live a healthier, happier life.
If you live in South Warwickshire or Worcestershire and are finding daily stresses a struggle, get in touch with us for support.