21 (Surprising!) Sources of Stress

You know stress is bad for you.

You probably even know you have too much of it. But what you don’t know is that most of your stress doesn’t come from external sources like deadlines, job hunts, and mortgage payments.

Most of the stress that people deal with these days is entirely self-generated and internal.

The stress that most likely affects you day in and day out is based on your mindset, outlook, and mental habits. This is especially true for women, who tend to chronically multi-talk, compare themselves, self-criticize, and put a huge amount of pressure on themselves to be perfect.

Despite being less obvious, the following sneaky internal sources of stress are often the most potent for destroying your health, your happiness, and your peace of mind. 

1. Negative body image.


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2. Dismissing your emotions.


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3. People pleasing.


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4. Self-criticism.


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5. Negative self-talk.


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6. Being inauthentic.


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7. Keeping people out.


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8. Comparison.


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9. Black and white thinking.


10. Procrastination.


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11. Perfectionism.


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12. Negotiating with yourself.


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13. Catastrophizing.


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14. “Shoulds.”


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15. Scarcity mindset.


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16. Guilt.


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17. The busy trap.


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18. Social anxiety.


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19. Physical tension and holding.


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20. Not completing the stress cycle.


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21. Meta-emotions.


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I am passionate about helping women learn to love their bodies, and I’ve found that the best way to do that is to combine structured movement (aka fitness) with mindset and emotional-life changes.

That’s why I offer private coaching to a very small number of clients

— so that I can give them all my attention, use all my skills and resources to help them learn to finally love and accept themselves, and offer them the tools to transform every facet of their lives. If you’re interested in working with me, please apply here.

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