Health Effects of Chronic Low-Level Stress
Usually when we think of stress, we think of the big "stress bombs." Significant life events that throw us over the edge. These events, such as death of a close family member, moving, change of job, etc, are indeed part of the picture.
But what if we stretch and take a broader view of stress, like this one: "a physical, chemical, or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension and may be a factor in disease causation." (Merriam-Webster dictionary) Stress can be more than an emotional roller coaster, then. It's also things like eating too many foods laced with chemical preservatives or the after-effects of an untreated whiplash injury.
With that in mind, let's look to a few health effects of long-term chronic stress and how they play out in real life.