Stress, Stress and More Stress

Learning to manage stress can change your life.

Not long ago the top stressors were considered things that affected you externally. These were things that you felt you had no control over. The original Holmes-Rahe Life Stress Inventory of the top 10 stress inducing things were: death of a spouse, divorce, marital separation, jail term, death of a close relative, injury or illness, marriage, loss of job, marriage reconciliation and retirement.

Recently, retired psychotherapist Mike Bundrant, wrote the article, The New List of Life’s Top Stressors in in the NLP Discoveries blog. He describes what he believes are the new top 7 stressors at “heart of most psychological issues.” He uses his own analysis of 500 clients over 20 years in practice and came up with what he called the “common denominators.”

Here are Bundrant’s findings of the new top stressors:

  1. The critical voice in your head
  2. Negative relationships
  3. Self-sabotage
  4. Inner conflict
  5. Inner passivity
  6. Autopilot thinking
  7. Physical imbalance

When you look closely at the shift between the original Holmes-Rahe Life Stress Inventory and Mike Bundrant’s new list, it’s clear that the new stressors come from the inside not the outside. Bundrant has given us a new direction for managing stress and our personal mental health.

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