Defining Stress: An Everyday Issue
Experts define chronic stress as any situation that drains a person – their brains and bodies – over a long period of time. Symptoms of chronic stress include aches and pain, insomnia, low energy, cloudy thinking, increased alcohol or drug use, and emotional withdrawal. High-stress situations can be career changes, a dysfunctional marriage, or a deeply dissatisfying living situation. With that long of a list, it’s easy to see how anyone could fall into a high stress situation and lose control of other aspects of their life.