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Dr. Cassidy Blair, Psy.D.

Chronic Stress

Everyone experiences stress in their daily lives. It’s the feeling you get when you’re running late for work or have a project you need to finish by a particular deadline. Some forms of stress can be positive — such as the feelings you experience when you’re preparing for your upcoming wedding. Others, however, can be negative and take a serious mental and physical toll on your body. Some examples might include dealing with a long-term illness or financial problems.

Some forms of negative stress are short-lived and can be managed by taking specific action — such as staying up late to complete a task or asking for help when your car runs out of gas. Other forms known as chronic stress take place over a long period of time and it can have an overwhelming and debilitating effect on your wellbeing. If you have been under chronic stress and it’s affecting your physical and mental health, it’s important to get help. Contact Blair Wellness Group for stress management therapy in Los Angeles. 

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What Is Chronic Stress?

To better understand chronic stress, it’s important to first take a look at stress in general. Stress is a normal human response to changes or challenges. It’s how our bodies react and adjust to anything that requires attention. A stressful situation that is perceived as something that will lead to a positive outcome is known as good stress or eustress. An example of eustress might be getting ready for your first day at a new job or the anticipation felt when buying a new home. Most people don’t spend much time thinking about the good stress in their lives because it’s often temporary and leads to a desirable outcome. The other form of stress, however, can cause negative physical and emotional responses that are both unpleasant and not good for your health.

There are two different types of bad stress — acute and chronic. Acute stress is a response to something that happens quickly and often unexpectedly. It also tends to be short-lived so you generally don’t have to deal with it for very long. Chronic stress, on the other hand, is something that’s constant and inescapable. Being in a bad marriage, having an unfulfilling and high-stress job, or living through a year-long global pandemic are just a few examples of situations that can keep your body in a constant state of activated stress.

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Causes of Chronic Stress

Chronic stress is something that is becoming increasingly frequent in today’s modern society. The pressure to succeed in the workplace, raise the perfect family, and live a particular lifestyle creates ongoing stress that wears down your body, making you feel exhausted and overwhelmed. In some cases, prolonged stress can even contribute to serious health issues such as high blood pressure or heart disease.

If you are suffering from chronic stress, it’s important to take the time to evaluate your feelings and identify the root cause of your problems. Some stressors, such as dealing with a loved one’s illness, cannot be changed or completely avoided but knowing what it is that is having an effect on your mental and physical wellness can give you the clarity you need to either change your circumstances, if possible, or at the very least adopt effective methods for coping.

Symptoms of Chronic Stress

 

At the most basic level, stress triggers a protective response in your body as a means of protecting itself from a perceived threat. That response involves releasing hormones that make your brain more alert, increasing your pulse, and causing your muscles to tense. When a person is dealing with chronic stress, having their body in this constant state of “high alert” can eventually take its toll, causing both physical and psychological symptoms. 

Psychological Symptoms


  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Anger issues
  • Panic attacks

Physical Symptoms

  • Headaches
  • Lack of energy or focus
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Muscle tension
  • Upset stomach
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Aches and pains
  • Increased heart rate or chest pain

In addition to these oftentimes short-term physical symptoms, there are also some more serious health conditions that can develop as a result of long-term stress. Some of those include:

  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Hair loss
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Ulcers

Complications From Chronic Stress

In addition to the physical and mental problems stress can cause, there are also maladaptive coping mechanisms that can contribute to additional complications. People who feel as though they are under constant stress and see no way to remedy their situation or get relief will often turn to unhealthy means of coping such as alcohol, drugs, overeating, smoking, or other forms of addiction. Although these methods may offer some temporary relief, they usually create more issues, which lead to additional stress.

Managing Chronic Stress

You may not be able to avoid stress entirely, but it’s important to seek healthy forms of stress relief so you can better cope and not feel so overwhelmed. The following are some effective self-help strategies.

Eat a Healthy Diet and Exercise Regularly

There is a direct link between mental health and physical health. Taking care of your body by eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise will help you become more resilient and better able to manage stress in your daily life.

Set Limits

Many people suffer from chronic stress that is brought on by overcommitting or the expectations they set for themselves. If you are feeling overwhelmed by your projects and commitments, try eliminating things that are not essential. This will relieve you of some of your obligations and in turn, reduce your stress.

Create a Solid Support System

Having a solid support system and staying connected with people who can lend a listening ear or share your burden can go a long way in helping you get through a difficult time. The last thing you should do is feel like you have to do everything on your own. There are people willing to help — all you have to do is reach out to them.

Stress Management Therapy Los Angeles

 
Life is filled with many experiences that are exciting and stimulating, but it’s also filled with those that are trying and difficult. If you are experiencing long-term stress that is having an effect on your wellness or preventing you from living a happy and fulfilling life, contact Blair Wellness Group. We specialize in treating those who are struggling with chronic or acute stress, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, addiction, and more. Call today at 310.999.4996 to schedule an appointment for stress management therapy. We service clients in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Bel Air, West Hollywood, Santa Monica, and beyond. 

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