Adults settle into fixed family structures and lifestyles. We become very busy wage earners, homemakers, parents, marriage partners, and pursuers of careers. Stress abounds as these jobs grow bigger and the time to do them seems to shrink.
Often, we are over committed and have broken promises falling off our plates. Bosses, kids, spouses, and friends demand we do more. Others often misunderstand our way of doing things and fuss and fight with us. Our friends, family, and partners are often too busy themselves to be of much help. Our efforts to deal with conflicts and dissatisfactions with the folks around us often make it worse. Many choose to be quiet and bear it. Family, friends, or co-workers who have special needs can make life extra exhausting. Betrayals, abandonments, chronic illnesses, deaths, and disasters can sink our already leaky boats.