Stress is unpleasant at best. At its worst, it will kill you. When stress is random and dealt with effectively then its effects will be short and fleeting. When stress becomes your daily mind set, that mind set of stress will be carried over into the next day, the next week, the next month, and it is not just your mind that will feel this effect. Your body will begin to show subtle signs that stress is killing you in small ways and if you do not learn to effectively manage stress and cut it out of your life those small ways will begin to get so big that they will be unmanageable and you will suffer until you die. That is the reality of stress. I do not know of any nice way to say that.
When a person perceives danger, much like in the animal kingdom, a chain reaction of signals releases various hormones from the adrenal glands like epinephrine, norepinephrine, and cortisol . Norepinephrine has been shown to strengthen neuron connections in such a way that will seal in the memories of emotionally charged events that will actually encourage us to dwell and stress over traumatic incidents. These hormones boost heart rate, increase respiration, and increase the need for glucose in the blood which is commonly known as the “fight or flight” reaction.
Stressful responses require a great deal of energy to deal with and that energy is taken from other systems in your body to allow you to deal with it. These other body processes include digestion, reproduction, physical growth, and certain aspects of the immune system. The stress signal essentially tells these other body processes that they need to slow down or even shut down. The immune system will not be optimal and you will continue to get sick in small ways. You may get a cold that just seems to linger. You may be more susceptible to the flu and it may be harder to recover from these ailments. Chronic daily stress has been shown to speed up precancerous cells, heart attacks, and strokes. Which one of those will kill you? Potentially, all three of them will.
If your home life or personal life is a source of stress then you need to address it. This may mean doing things that are unpleasant or that other people do not understand. Try to explain to them the stress of the situation and see if there is a way to work it out. If your work life is a source of stress then you may want to consider your choice of career. If you are constantly stressed about work and that stress is leeching over into your personal life, then is it worth it? At what point do you say “I have all this money and the money is great, however my health and personal life is suffering?” You have money which is great, yet you have depression, anxiety, chronic sickness, insomnia, and isolation, lack of support, and potential chronic diseases that will shorten your lifespan. You will end up spending that money on treatments instead of enjoyment.