One of the primary issues is that this stress response evolved for short term use and if used to much it can cause many health issues. The stress-response essentially shuts down the “long-term projects” in order to mobilize energy and increase cardiovascular activity to push that energy.
Maladaptive coping mechanisms fascinate me. Often times we know what we are doing hurts us but we do it anyway. Immediate stress relief is addictive. An entirely different part of the brain is responsible for impulsive behavior— as opposed to long term, carefully considered decision making. It’s our brain’s reward system. When we are used to using that part of the brain, I suppose it’s like exercising it.