Chapter 2: Stressors and challenges

Chronic Stress

“At the end of day it feels like my well has run dry.” - Social worker

Chronic stress can result from any situation where we feel there is no solution to a problem, or we feel powerless to change anything. After a while, we may not even notice our feelings; this may become our new ‘normal’. We can become trapped in a repetitive cycle, leaving us more vulnerable to other stressors.

Chronic stress can have serious, negative effects on our physical and mental health, as well as on our day-to-day life. It may lead to unhealthy behaviours and reactions. 

Unhealthy behaviours and reactions


The uncertainty of COVID-19 and the additional, significant demands you may be facing can increase the likelihood of chronic stress. If you are experiencing signs of chronic stress, you might want to consider seeking help.