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These Chronic Stress Symptoms Show How Stress Is Killing You

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We all know that too much stress is bad for you, REALLY bad.  But you may not know the chronic stress symptoms that show how stress is killing you.

Many people, especially women miss the “easy to spot” chronic stress symptoms, that their bodies manifest when stress reaches dangerous levels.

The fact is, the body is capable of handling stress- but ONLY to an extent. After that, signs  and chronic stress symptoms become highly visible that something is going terribly wrong.

Unfortunately, doctors often misdiagnose the root cause.chronic stress symptoms

In addition, being able to identify and link chronic stress symptoms is crucial.  Why? Because it helps you to quickly identify when the effects of stress are becoming so compounded, that it can actually kill you!

Look out for the following easy to spot stress related symptoms in women.

Premature Aging: One of the Classic Chronic Stress Symptoms

We all have different speeds with which we age, and that’s ok. However,  something is drastically wrong when you start greying significantly before the age of 45.  Especially if your parents did not have similar traits.

Many women are business executives, or have demanding jobs that require countless hours at the office and many nights of sleeplessness.

This takes a toll!

One of the first signs that stress is slowly killing you is premature aging.

You may also notice changes in your skin, and that is largely as a result of cortisol’s actions.

It can’t be reversed, but it’s never too late to start implementing correct changes now to offset what has started.

You Are Always Tired

While sleep is an amazing remedy for what ails you, sadly stress is a massive beast that it is not always easy to leash.

There is a seemingly unacknowledged condition known as adrenal fatigue.  Usually, it occurs following periods of chronically high cortisol and adrenalin production, which suppress its actions.

Then, the normal “get up and go” our adrenal glands trigger is no longer present.

Drive and motivation become increasingly difficult to maintain without the use of stimulants that evoke forced action of these hormones.  Unfortunately, the result is a state of constant grogginess and lethargy.

You Are Frequently Sick Or Unwell

Cortisol suppresses our immune system after being recruited for long periods of time.

As a result, the cells of the immune system become less capable of handling threats that may pose a harm to the body.

Even the trivial seasonal flu which you typically avoid may seem like the plague when you have a suppressed immune system.

You Find It Impossible To Lose Weight

While cortisol itself doesn’t result in weight gain, the mechanisms by which it works leads to that outcome.

For one, cortisol is a bit of a miser, trying as hard as possible to store as many calories in your body as it can. This is because cortisol recruitment is a primitive survival instinct.

Secondly, is the action it has on blood sugar.

It causes the liver to convert stored glycogen into glucose and pour it into the blood, in the event you need fast energy.

Insulin follows sugar wherever it goes, and this is what causes fat storage and blockage of fat burning.

Your Sex Drive Has Vaporized

Cortisol makes it difficult for men to attain erections, affects their testosterone levels and disrupts the normal menstrual cycle for women. This upsets sexual function and desire in both genders.

Your Brain Refuses To Work At 100% Efficiency

Accompanying the grogginess of daily life is the seeming deterioration of your brain.

You find it near impossible to focus, concentrate or formulate complex plans. Add horrible memory to the mix and you can see why stress brings you close to death.

Chest Pains/ Palpitations

This is one of the most serious of the stress-related  symptoms and when you may finally realize that stress is killing you.

It accelerates blockages of the arteries on and around the heart, as well as restricting the blood vessels’ ability to relax, cause blood pressure to spike and stroke risk to go up.

You become easily winded and experience chest pains with the least exertion.


If you are experiencing any of these chronic stress symptoms, you MUST act immediately.   These symptoms are showing up as a warning sign.  Your body is shouting an alarm that says: STRESS IS SLOWLY KILLING YOU!

Don’t ignore stress!

Take action today.  Start by grabbing our FREE guide 50 simple stress management activities and join for community of Women Beating Chronic Stress.  There is strength in numbers!

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  1. Such an important post and message, Darlene! It sure opened my eyes! Yes, I have some of these and in the process of dumping loads of stress! Things, people and responsibilities. But the most important is letting go in my head! ? Great reminder for self care and not letting worry and drama rule!!! I’m grateful that your blog pieces always come at the right time! Well done as always! ?

    1. Darlene Berkel says:

      Great to hear that you are in the process of dumping loads of stress, Joan! Many women do not even recognize that they are chronically stressed and how it is slowly killing them. You are way ahead of the crowd because not only do you recognize that you are experiencing some of these chronic stress symptoms but you are also taking steps to dump the loads of stress in your life! Good for you! 🙂

  2. Thanks for sharing all of this. I recently had my yearly physical and aside for some pain in my neck which is requiring PT, I’m okay. But I do let things build up, I do become stressed and I know many of us do. My doctor said more of her patients are under stress right now than ever before. This is important info that you have provided. Thank you and take care, Beth

    1. Darlene Berkel says:

      It’s true, Beth!! More people ( and especially women) are under stress…CHRONIC stress, than ever before. Many do not even realize that the constant stress is slowly killing them, since it gradually wrecks your health from the inside out. So glad to hear that your yearly physical was good except for some neck pain. Make sure to keep monitoring your stress levels, DON’T let it build up! We should all be engaging in stress management and self care activities, every day!

  3. That’s great advice and so important when we’re so busy all the time. I found walking every morning to be amazing for reducing my stress and staying healthy. I feel well most of the time but the stress goes into my belly. When I walk consistently, it’s easier to lose the stubborn belly fat caused by stress.

    1. Darlene Berkel says:

      I am a walker too Rebecca!! Walking is my go-to exercise for stress relief, for weight maintenance, and for general health. I walk every morning (except weekends) for 30 minutes. Breathing in the fresh, clean air is rejuvenating and helps me start the day on a very positive note. Stress goes right to my stomach area as well and combined with midlife weight gain that is NOT a good thing. So walking and stress management is a win-win strategy for me to keep chronic stress at bay!

  4. All of the above trying to work through it .

    1. Darlene Berkel says:

      Thanks for sharing Sandy. What are you currently doing to work through it? What strategies are you currently using to reduce stress. Coping with health issues can be extremely stressful. You need to design a personal stress management plan. I can help.

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