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Video:What Is Chronic Stress?

with Christine Hassler

Want to learn about chronic stress and why it happens? Here, see helpful information about chronic stress and what it includes.See Transcript

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Transcript:What Is Chronic Stress?

Hi I'm Christine Hassler, I'm a Life Coach, Author and Speaker, here today with About.com to answer the question, what is chronic stress?

Info About Chronic Stress

So chronic stress is a lot like chronic pain. It just goes on and on and on and no matter what you do you can't seem to relieve yourself of it. It's very different from temporary or even normal stress. For instance, if you're planning a big party, you may feel stressed out about getting everything done, or if you had a test ahead of you, you may feel stressed out about getting prepared.

Facts About Chronic Stress

Chronic stress is different in that there's no end date in sight and so you don't see yourself experiencing any relief. Chronic stress has become an epidemic in our society. We've gotten so used to being stressed out, that we've almost accepted it as a way of life. Now stress activates a fight or flight response. We either flee from a situation, or we fight against it. When we're in a state of chronic stress we're always in one of those, we're either fleeing or fighting and we're never giving our body a chance to recover and rest and rejuvenate.

More Facts About Chronic Stress

So if you find yourself in that fight or flight response all the time, you're probably experiencing chronic stress which could have adverse conditions on your health. The good news is these adverse health conditions like hair loss, hypertension, obesity and ulcers are completely avoidable if you learn how to handle stress in a more manageable way.

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