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5 Severe Stress Symptoms in Women You Should Know About

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When my friend’s younger sister started getting migraines we were all worried. But no one thought they were one of the severe stress symptoms in women.

Her doctor tried just about everything to help her figure out what the problem was.

They scared her, as they came without the migraine premonitions that many people usually get before the ache and nausea ensues. They came on suddenly and with a vengeance.

The ultrasounds, CAT scans, brain scans, and blood tests showed no irregularities.

It wasn’t until she was referred to a holistic doctor that someone suggested they might be stress-related.

She was first put on anti-anxiety medications, which just made her feel numb and strange.

Then, the holistic doctor suggested a stress-relieving regimen. This is now the regimen that she does on a daily basis to prevent those stress headaches from flaring up.

Despite being one of the most common symptoms of  stress, it took a year from her first doctor’s appointment to  realize the problem.

Her stress level was the root cause.

Symptoms that actually originate from stress can easily be attributed to other causes.

Don’t let these five severe stress symptoms in women pass you by.

Severe Stress Symptoms in Women You Need To Know About

Hair loss.

Most women, mercifully, do not have to worry about hair loss, at least, not like the men in our lives do. However, chronic stress can manifest itself in a thinning scalp.

Even if you’re not going bald, like most people imagine when someone says “hair loss”, stress may be an issue. Your scalp naturally sheds hair every day.

However, if you’re noticing more hair than usual in your comb, on your shoulders, or on the pillow, beware.

It could be an indicator that you are experiencing chronic stress. For women struggling with hair loss, this shampoo comes highly recommended.


A low level of stress is actually good for brain function. When people say they “work best under pressure,” it’s because a little bit of stress can kick the brain into overdrive.

But…a large amount of stress over a long amount of time is a huge problem.  It takes a toll on the mind.

severe-symptoms-of-stress-in-womenChronic stress makes it much easier to forget things.

Not only where you put your keys, but if you locked the door, where you were supposed to be, and people’s names.

Not every lapse is stress-induced, but long-term or intensifying forgetfulness can be attributed to the brain’s inability to log information (especially background information) during periods of chronic stress. 

Sore, cracked, or worn down teeth.

One of the most common areas of severe stress symptoms in women  is in their teeth.

If you wake up with a sore jaw in the morning, that probably means you have been grinding your teeth during the night.

This will not just hurt your teeth, but it can do more long term damage.

It can actually cause your teeth to be more easily cracked or to wear down the enamel on the bite surface of your teeth.

Chronic stress over the years can cause you to develop TMJ (temporomandibular joint) problems so severe it hurts just to chew. 

Acne, wrinkles, and other blemishes.

Your skin is extremely sensitive to your anxiety levels.

Stress zits are a real thing, even for women who are well past puberty. When you are experiencing chronic stress, your skin will be more sensitive.

The increased production of oil can mean that you see more blemishes. This kit can help you remove them.

Additionally, stress can cause free radicals to run rampant in your skin. The result? Break down of the elastin and collagen in your skin and cause wrinkles.

Chronic stress can also exacerbate conditions like rosacea and psoriasis.

A weakened immune system.

If you feel like you are picking up every cold, flu, stomach bug, and virus that’s going around, you may have chronic stress to thank.

Long-term stress can significantly impede your immune system.

A compromised immune system makes it difficult to fight off even the most common of common colds.

Significant research has been done about this concept. The results show that people who have very stressful lives were far more likely to get sick, even years after leaving the stressful situation.

Chronic stress can wear through your immune system as quickly as slamming on your brakes constantly can wear through a new set of brake pads in your car. 

Bonus chronic stress symptom: Insomnia.

Inability to sleep ranks high on the list of severe stress symptoms in women.

Any parent or busy professional has spent the occasional late night, lying in bed, worrying too much to actually fall asleep. Chronic stress, on the other hand, can cause you to lay awake every night.

If you are suffering from sleeping problems, this tranquility synergy oil might help.

Essential oils are calming and can help you relax enough that you can actually fall asleep, stay asleep, and get a good nights rest!

Do you see one or more of these chronic stress symptoms in your life?chronic stress symptoms

If so, there’s a good chance that you might be experiencing chronic stress. You could seriously benefit from a serious stress-relieving regimen.

I don’t want your education on chronic stress symptoms and natural, practical solutions to end here, so I’ve created a FREE  guide that lists the 50 simple stress management activities that I engage in on regular basis to beat chronic stress.

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  1. Great information. Thanks for sharing these stress signals.

  2. When my brother was very ill, I shopped around for a therapist while I was coping well just to know I’d have a 911 if I needed it. Months later, she was there and boy, did I need it. Stress is as serious as anything, because so many try to power through it with little or no preparation. Thank you for this.

    1. Darlene Berkel says:

      Hi Susan, Thanks for the kinds words. It’s so true. Even when we think we are doing just fine, that can all change within days, weeks, or months. I teach women to build stress-resilience from within, so that they can deal effectively with whatever life throws at them…whenever it may come.

    1. Darlene Berkel says:

      True…all those symptoms are signs of a woman under severe, chronic stress.

      The SCARY part is, that we often see the symptoms but we either don’t realize that the symptoms are our body warning us to re-balance, or WORSE, we realize the warning but simply ignore the warning signs….often to our own detriment!

      Can we all re-design and re-balance our life to reduce stress and overwhelm? ABSOLUTELY!!

      Why is it so essential?

      Because, when we are happy, those around us will notice and will be happy too!! 🙂

  3. I hate that healthcare providers don’t listen to women or make us feel like we are bothering them for answers! I have recently gotten sick but found a provider who listens to me, lets me speak and I am so pleased under her care.

    1. Darlene Berkel says:

      So true Rachee. That’s why it’s so important that we become pro-active with our health and well-being. Often times, symptoms that actually originate from stress can easily be attributed to other causes. Being able to recognize these 5 symptoms of severe stress arms us with the knowledge we need to do something about it.

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