Chronic stress is a response to emotional pressure, suffered over a long period of time, in which individuals perceive they have little or no control over the eventual outcome of a long-term event or a series of short-term events. The person may experience harmful emotional and physical effects as a result of the prolonged stress.
Stress is the mind’s way of warning us about an existing danger or potential future harm. It stimulates us to take remedial or precautionary action. It is not as severe as anxiety, but it can lead to anxiety if we do not have the skills to keep it under control.