Is Your Personality Causing You Stress?

It might sound hard to believe, however experts state that your personality can actually cause you stress. To a certain extent, your personality might have been determined at birth.  However, there are certain characteristics that you might have created throughout the years that are now contributing to your stress level.

While one cannot change his or her personality overnight, it is certainly possible to change certain habits that may now be causing you stress.

  • Low self-esteem

First of all, you should ask yourself if you have low self-esteem.  Do you feel as if you are inferior to other people?  Do you always blame yourself for any faults?  Do you consider yourself to be the sum total of your mistakes?  

There is evidence to suggest that low self-esteem can lead to stressful situations.  And obviously this leads to putting stress on yourself unnecessarily.  Therefore, what you need to do is to enhance your self-esteem.  

This begins by ending the “negative talk” that goes on inside your head.  Instead of focusing on your weaknesses, form a list of your strengths.  You might also want to list all of your major accomplishments.  

You might be amazed to discover just how much you have achieved. Adjust your characteristic whenever you feel any causes made to downgrade yourself. This should help to end the litany of your failures which you may be repeating to yourself.

  • Taken up too many responsibilities

Stress can also be the result of being overburdened. Do you manage excessive obligations?  Are you dealing with too many responsibilities?  

While there are certain responsibilities at home, at work, and at school that we must carry, are you the one who takes on all the responsibility? 

List your major responsibilities and see if there is a way for you to cut down the list. You might be surprised that just how much you have taken on.  

With a little bit of planning, you might have the option to move some of your responsibilities to other members of your household or to your co-workers. Be sure to talk with your mate and your boss if your stress level seems out of control.

  • Control freaks    

Some of us are control freaks. This can be described as an individual who has a compulsive need to have total control over every aspect of his or her life matters.

If you fall into this category, you may be experiencing stress because of your controlling nature. This not only negatively impacting your personal life but also causing you to feel additional stress in your relationships.

In order to combat this tendency, the first thing you must admit that you yourself are a control freak. And recognizing there are certain things that are simply beyond your control. The sooner you recognize this, the better off you’ll be, and the less stress you will feel.

  • Fear of unknown

Another personality that causes of stress is fear, especially fear of the unknown.  You may be fearful of making mistakes or being judged severely.

In order to counteract this, you must recognize that everyone commits errors.  You must also learn to forgive yourself for your faults or else you will be putting yourself under a tremendous amount of stress.  Follow the motto:  Do your best and let nature take care of the rest.

Try not to upset over every little thing.  In addition, learn to get over the guilt of not being perfect. Otherwise, your stress level is likely to consistently hit the roof.   

coping with stress

You have to realize that recognizing your faults is half the battle.  Once you know what personality you need to work on, you’ll be in a better position to reduce your stress.  

Realize that it took you a long time to develop such personality flaws, so it might take some time to eliminate them. In other words, don’t expect to radically change your personality in a week.

However, with the proper amount of diligence, you can alter those aspects of your personality that are causing you grief. Once you eliminate these flaws, you should feel more energetic, less stressed, and better able to take on the world.