How to Prevent Stress from Reaching a Breaking Point

By Erica Patino
Reviewed by Susan Ko, Ph.D.
May 04, 2023

Nowadays, there seems to be no shortage of people, places, and events to stress us out. From news headlines to finances to work to personal relationships, it can sometimes feel like we're being bombarded by stressors. When this feeling of being overwhelmed and under pressure becomes persistent and sustained over time, it can tip over into chronic stress.

“This type of stress can lead to physical, emotional, and behavioral symptoms that may become more severe if left untreated,” says Renetta Weaver, L.C.S.W., a licensed clinical social worker based in Waldorf, Maryland.