An Edwardian Analysis of Stress

In my previous post today I mentioned that I had a crazy day at work. Now that I’m sitting at home thinking things over, I wonder what exactly happened? How did I get to the point that I could say my day was crazy? Why did I feel so stressed, rushed, hurried, and unsettled?

My Edwardian analysis may not be the polished, complete report that doctors publish in journals, but stick with me for a second. I think we can find a few triggers to stress.

Unrealistic Expectations

Sometimes we expect too much out of ourselves. We can only be in so many places at once, but we allow ourselves to become worked up because of the frustration that comes through a sense of limitation.

Inflated Sense of Importance

When we think our work is crucial, life and death, do or die, then we need to step back and reconsider what exactly we’re up to. If it really is a matter of life or death, well then you’re stuck.

More often than not we become aggravated over problems and issues that could be resolved with a simple phone call or conversation. Even if the problems are complex and difficult, they are rarely as serious as we make them out to be.

Pride

Let’s face it, each person views himself or herself to one degree or another as the cat’s meow. We’re competing with God and everyone else for the top spot in the universe.

I think of myself as so important and crucial that I can’t take a small crisis or heavy workload lightly. Pride also means that I only focus on my own problems and lose sight of the larger picture around me.

Succumbing to the Expectations of Others

We can place pressure on ourselves by bowing to the real or simply perceived expectations of others. Oftentimes we simply perceive the expectations placed on us. That’s usually enough to ruin the days of many.

So there you have it, an Edwardian view of stress. I run through some combination of these every so often, so it’s helpful to type it all out and have a look at some of the factors that influence a typical week in my life and in the lives of others.

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