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Stress Management for Health Course

Internally Generated Stress

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Internally Generated Stress


In Session 1 we discussed the causes of stress and mentioned there were external stressors and internal stressors.


Internal stressors are a big source of stress and include:


        Excessive worrying

        Low self-esteem

        Excessive negative self-talk


        Excess anger

        Repressed feelings

        Psychological trauma

        Excessive pessimistic thinking style

        People pleasing

        Unrealistic expectations

        Automatic negative thoughts

        Negative core beliefs

        Rigid thinking style


        Cognitive distortions

        Excess jealousy

        Believing that we are a failure

        Psychologically beating ourselves up

        Excess negative thinking

        Relationship problems

        Time pressures


Fortunately we can influence these internally generated stressors.


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