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Defining Stress

Defining Stress

Being unemployed can be stressful, and so can looking for a job. I have read many magazine articles about how it's "important to reduce stress." When I was unemployed, those articles stressed me out!  Reading them made me feel like I was wrong for feeling stressed. Some articles about stress give suggestions that might make sense for people who have plenty of time and money, like "Treat yourself to a massage!" But these suggestions aren't helpful for many job-seekers.

In this blog we'll look at what stress is. 

Defining Stress

According to the dictionary, stress is a physical feeling or an emotion that causes tension in your body or your mind. We all feel stress sometimes, but stress can become a problem if it goes on for a long time.

Symptoms of Stress

Symptoms of stress may include the following:

  • feeling irritable or angry

  • feeling nervous or anxious

  • feeling tired all the time

  • feeling sad and lonely

  • losing interest in things that usually interest you

  • getting headaches

  • experiencing changes in your sex drive

  • often feeling like you want to cry

  • having an upset stomach or indigestion

  • often having muscular tension

Specific Causes of Stress

Different things cause stress for different people. No two people are exactly the same. However, here are some aspects of life that cause stress for many people in the United States, according to a 2012 report by the American Psychiatric Association called "Stress in America."

  • money

  • work

  • the economy

  • job stability

  • housing costs

  • relationships with spouses, partners, girlfriends, boyfriends, or children

  • family responsibilities

  • personal health concerns

  • health problems of family members

  • being a caregiver for a family member

Of course, the best way to reduce stress would be for all these problems to be solved right away! Unfortunately, no one can wave a magic wand to make all the stressful situations go away. Still, even when you have very real problems, you can do many things to reduce stress and feel better.

I hope that this blog has given you some information that will help you reduce stress in your life. Good luck, job-seekers!

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Barbara Myers's picture
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  • Mon, 12/22/2014 - 09:45
Being unemployed during the holidays is very stressful...With having to figure out how to pay bills n still have enough money left for Christmas n just things that my children need in general makes things even harder...I would give anything to have even just a part time job...
Hannah Bleier's picture
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  • Fri, 12/26/2014 - 16:41
Yes, that sounds incredibly stressful, sissey29. I hope the new year brings a new job for you! Best wishes.
oavalos80's picture
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  • Tue, 01/27/2015 - 18:20
Me sirve para pensar que todo tiene solucion.