Unlike short term stress long term stress damages our immune system.
This damage can be permanent.
It can cause us to lose sight of many things.
The reason we are here.
Other actions and thoughts which could help us.
We get so locked into thinking and dwelling on this long term issue that other thoughts never appear.
What to do?
Live in this moment now, this moment only.
Do not dwell on the past it has gone.
Do not project the future it seldom if ever arrives as we imagine.
Jut this moment now.
Make each day purposeful, with reason, with objectives, activities where you have to concentrate.
You may not be able to do anything about the major worry or issue so do other things.
Other things that release tension.
Other things that have meaning.
Other things that have lightness.
Do not waste your life away in sorrow and pain.
Learning to live with stress over time is one of life's harder lessons and most of us will experience this at some point.