Stress is a very serious problem in the United States today, with the American Psychological Association reporting that 75% of American adults experienced moderate to high levels of stress in the last month. The key to overcoming stress in your life is to first identify your triggers and then address them directly.

Figuring out the cause of your stress can be challenging, especially in the fast-paced world that we live in. However, with the rising rates of stress in our country, it is more important now than ever before! We are surrounded every day by countless outside influences, each with the potential to raise our heart rate and make us worry.

By understanding the personality traits of each zodiac sign, we can predict the situation that is most likely to cause you stress. While this may not always be accurate, there will always be exceptions, this is a great starting point for investigating stress in your own life. Take some time out of your busy schedule to step back and reassess your own life, your mental health will thank you for it!

Here is the top cause of stress for each zodiac sign, as well as what you can do to manage it:

Aries (March 21 – April 19)

You are a force to be reckoned with, and everyone around you knows it. Always on the go, with no sign of letting up or slowing down, it is this energy and determination that gives you your courage and strength in life. However, when you hit the point where that energy is wrong low, which you inevitably will, this is where you begin to struggle with your stress levels. Try to remind yourself that downtime is necessary to recharge. Rather than waiting to hit that wall, possibly at the least convenient times, schedule some time off and stick with it.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

You are a workhorse, and you’re not afraid to get your hands dirty. Taking great pride in your work, you settle for nothing less than the absolute best that you can do, determined to show the rest of the world that they can count on you, regardless of the situation. This mindset, however, can put you under quite a bit of stress as you find yourself worrying about whether you are going to make a mistake or let someone down by not being quite ‘good enough.’ Remind yourself that the people in your life see your effort first and foremost. We are all humans and we will all make mistakes at one time or another in our lives, but the fact you were willing to give it all is what they will really remember.

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

Upbeat and highly social, you love people – but not all the time… You have absolutely no patience for the idiots that you encounter in this world. Whether someone is cutting you off while driving through town, running their cart into you at the grocery store or spouting pointless arguments online – dealing with these people causes your stress level to go right through the roof. There is no avoiding them, they’re everywhere, so you need to work on your ability to calm yourself down when. Try breathing and counting to 10 before you react. It may sound silly, but it really works!

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

Everyone knows that you are a sensitive and emotional individual, but they don’t realize that your biggest fear in life comes from feeling unsafe in this life. From worrying about whether you are going to make your bill payments this month due to financial security to walking into a situation where you question your physical safety – there is nothing that will cause you to stress more. There is also going to be a little uncertainty in life, so it’s important to look within yourself for this safety and stability. Try to focus on the control you do have over any given situation rather than the variables that are out of your control. In this way, you can create your own safety nets.

Leo (July 23 – August 22)

You’re a total control freak. Your need for control is both your greatest comfort in life and also the biggest stressor that you will ever face. If even the smallest detail of your daily routine is out of your control, it’s enough to send your head spinning. Here’s something you probably don’t want to hear, but it’s a hard truth about life – you are never going to have control over everything! Life is messy and complicated, and you need to work on letting go and rolling with the punches. It won’t be easy, but it will be worth it long-term, and may even lead you to greater success.

Virgo (August 23 – September 22)

Always the perfectionist, you spend much of your time considering and reconsidering all of the options before you. While careful planning and consideration can go a long way toward eliminating any mistakes or bumps in the road, you don’t want to get caught up in this planning stage. It is at this point that you experience the most stress in your life, focusing all of your time and energy on the many ways that things may go wrong. Set yourself a deadline to put your plans into action and stick with it. This will force you to make a decision, and once you move into the execution stage your stress melts away.

Libra (September 23 – October 22)

You dedicate your life to bringing harmony and balance to the world around you, however, if there is one thing that you don’t handle well it is when you are on the receiving end of the unfair treatment or judgment. If you notice someone else is falling victim you are the first person to stand up and seek justice, but when you are taking that victim role you find yourself paralyzed, stressed about the very idea of doing anything about it. Try to remember that you are worth the same care and consideration as those that you fight for, and you shouldn’t settle for less than the treatment that you deserve.

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

You are highly mysterious, only allowing a small, select group of people to ever see the ‘real you’. To those outside of your inner circle, you are seen as a strong and capable individual, able to face anything that the world throws your way without batting an eye. What they don’t realize is that you are actually an incredibly sensitive individual, which leads many loud, high energy or demanding situations to leave you stressed and overwhelmed. While you can’t avoid all loud, public places, keep your needs in mind when making your schedule. If you are heading out to the mall with friends, for example, schedule yourself some downtime after to recuperate.

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)

You are an incredibly high-energy, adventurous individual that is always on the search for the next source of excitement in your life. You subscribe to the belief that there is no such thing as ‘standing still’ in life – if you aren’t moving forward then you’re actually falling back, and that concept creates great stress for you. Anytime that you are put into a situation where you have to wait or practice patience, your stress level will start to rise – from standing in line at the grocery store to waiting for a package to arrive in the mail. Try to distract yourself in these moments, as the more you think about them, the more stressful it will become.

Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)

You set incredibly high expectations for yourself in this life, some may say impossibly high. The truth is that you know you are capable of great things, and you refuse to allow a lack of effort or mere comfort to hold you back. However, in trying to keep up with your own self-imposed expectations you spend much of your life stressed out. There is nothing wrong with wanting to succeed in life, but you need to allow yourself some downtime as well to just ‘be.’ During these quiet moments allow yourself to relax and let go of any expectations, even if it is only for a short moment in time. These breaks are necessary for your mental health and well-being. Simply focus on being in the moment.

Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)

You are incredibly unique, but this isn’t a fluke. You are adamant that you are going to spend your life living by your rules, refusing to bow down to society’s expectations. There are, however, going to be times where you have to learn to color between the lines and that is a highly stressful situation for you. Take a deep breath and reassess the situation. Often there are ways to play by the rule being forced upon you while still retaining your own individuality, you just have to be a little creative. Another option, rather than giving into stress, is to play by the rules in this area while focusing your attention on another area of your life where you have free reign to just ‘be you.’

Pisces (February 19 – March 20)

You are a sweet, loving and quiet individual who is quite happy to spend life in standing in the shadows while you watch the people around you shine. Unfortunately, there is going to come a day where you are forced to step into the spotlight for one reason or another, and this is going to cause you a great deal of stress. Try to remind yourself that there are many, many people who struggle with public speaking situations, you aren’t alone! Due to how common this is, there are a number of tricks to handle this such as meditating, visualizing yourself succeeding or even picturing the audience naked. You can do this!

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