Dr. Gregory Jantz

Coronavirus: Acute vs Chronic Stress

April 30, 2020

As the pandemic associated with the Coronavirus continues, it is normal to feel increasing amounts of stress. Insecurity about your job, an over-saturation of information, some of it conflicting, fear of catching the virus, stress of being cooped up over a long period of time without a social release.

But over time, that stress can take a heavy toll – both physically and emotionally.

Acute Stress vs. Chronic Stress

Acute stress is short-term stress. Chronic stress is long-term stress. Acute stress examples include being stuck in traffic during a snowstorm, an argument with your spouse, or losing a driver’s license. While the stress associated with these events are very real, they are generally fleeting and you likely don’t feel the effects of them after a short period of time.

Chronic stress results from prolonged, continuous emotional pressure or duress where you feel you have little or no control to correct or improve your environment. The COVID-19 pandemic is a classic breeding ground for chronic stress.

In my book Six Steps to Reducing Stress. I provide easy to follow steps you can take today to help reduce your stress levels. I recently conducted a series of Facebook Lives and wrote this accompanying blog addressing Acute vs Chronic Stress, on The Center • A Place of HOPE website.

In it, I provide additional steps you can take today to ease the chronic stress that may be affecting not just your life, but those of your family, partner, and co-workers. Please share these resources with those who are experiencing significant stress during the Coronavirus pandemic, or anytime.

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