Causes of stress
As well as demands coming from outside, we are constantly dealing with a certain amount of inner conflict. This is actually the main cause of the stress we feel. When pressure is put on us it is this inner conflict that causes us to be pulled in different directions. We have phrases for the pull, like ‘being in two minds’ or ‘my heart says one thing but my head says another’. Whenever we can’t make up our minds over any issue the cause is an inner conflict. All conflicts create some level of stress. Most of them will get resolved fairly quickly as the dislike of living with conflict generates the energy to resolve it. However, some inner conflicts are not so easy to remove by ourselves.