Stress: The Biggest Causes

Stress can be absolutely terrible for your overall health. It results in elevated cortisol levels, which in turn can lead to fat cravings, trouble sleeping and digestion problems, amongst other issues.

But what causes stress?

Of course, the triggers of stress vary from person to person. We each respond differently to stressors in our lives. But there are some triggers that are incredible common.


Work can be incredibly stressful. The pressure to perform, earn money and deal with the responsibilities of your job for several days of each week can be challenging.

And in our modern “always connected,” world, it’s becoming harder to switch off. Checking your emails on your commute, responding to a client on an evening or even just planning your schedule during the weekend – it’s all becoming increasingly commonplace. It might not seem like such a big deal but in reality, do you ever really switch off if you’re always connected?

Other work related stresses include worry about job security or pursuing a promotion.


A relationship breakdown is incredibly tough. There’s the emotional element to contend with and, in the case of a divorce, the legal and financial ramifications too. Add children to the mix and it’s even a more complicated situation. So it’s little surprise that a divorce causes stress.


Health concerns can be very stressful. Irrespective of how serious the problems are, anything that can make you worry, feel bad and potentially render you unable to work can cause a host of issues.

It’s not just your own ill health that can cause stress either. Worrying about the health of friends and loved ones can also cause you stress.

Moving House

The house buying process itself can be incredibly stressful. With so much potential for things going wrong, it’s no surprise that the process is worrying, particularly if you’re emotionally invested in the house!

It’s an expensive purchase and can lead to financial concerns. But even when you’re paid up and you’ve got the keys in your hand, the stress isn’t over. Because then you have to actually move!

The process from start to finish can result in elevated stress levels.

What to do about it

You can keep an eye on how much stress your body is under by measuring your cortisol levels at home using a simple home test kit. Cortisol is a hormone released by the adrenal gland in response to stress.

Some stress is absolutely normal, but constant or unmanageable stress is problematic and can lead to adrenal burnout. If you feel stress is getting on top of you, go and speak to your GP.