Intensity, difficult hours, working time, emotional demands, lack of autonomy, degraded social relationships, value conflicts, insecurity of one’s life situation… there is no shortage of stress factors in the professional sphere.
New communication technologies (smartphone, computers) can also amplify the phenomenon. They have somewhat dissolved the barrier between private and professional life.
- Family life
Finding a balance between family and work life, looking after the kids… single mothers are a prime target for this stress factor.
Parental responsibility – from conception, through pregnancy, childbirth and child rearing – can itself be a stress factor.
- Couple life
One’s love life can be a stabilising factor in the face of stressful events in work or family, at least for some time. But interpersonal relationships can, over time and at any time, be a factor of stress. This is evidenced by the increasing number of divorces, which are themselves stressful.
Difficult end of month, debt, precarious income are examples that illustrate that money can be a vector of stress. Those most affected are those who are responsible for others – particularly and again single mothers.
Any change of environment is stressful because it often means a loss of reference points and requires time to adapt. These situations involving fragile people or \“forced\” circumstances (unemployment, divorce, etc.) are the most upsetting.
Suffering from an illness yourself, supporting a sick loved one, coping with a feared illness or death in the family are all stressful.