Stress is a part of everyday life and can be motivating or draining depending on the nature of the stressor. Families are often a source of stress no matter how old we get. Common causes of family stress are stressful life events, finances, mental and physical illness, substance abuse, and strained relationships. If youíre feeling drained from family stress, reach out to a 7 Cups of Tea listener. Talking to someone about family stress can lessen the negative effect it is having on you. The Family Stress Guide can also benefit you in being able to cope with family stress.