Women's Stress Syndrome is a term I coined to describe the unique way stress manifests in women.

I've seen the damage that years and even decades of stress can cause for women. When we're young, we usually don't notice the problem - we're too busy being busy, or being "good".  It seems normal. But as we get older, it begins to take a toll - on our happiness, relationships, ability to perform at our best and enjoy our lives, our sense of purpose and meaning, and even our health.

About Women's Stress Syndrome

Life today is stressful for all of us. But women's stress can be different than men's in many important ways and is determined by our unique biology, genetics, and the culture and environment in which we live. The accumulation of trauma, even small social traumas we experience when we're very young and trauma passed through the generations also play a role in the development of Women's Stress Syndrome.

In addition to the stress we experience trying to balance and manage all our roles and responsibilities, here are some of the many other common symptoms of Women's Stress Syndrome:

  • Low self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Feeling scattered, empty, or like you're just going through the motions
  • Difficulty knowing yourself, standing your ground, or advocating for yourself
  • Emotional problems including anxiety, depression, anger, and even guilt and shame
  • Food, weight, and body image challenges
  • Fatigue, depletion, and exhaustion
  • Trouble slowing down, letting go, or relaxing, even when you have the chance
  • Stress-related medical conditions including chronic pain, high blood pressure, headaches, and certain autoimmune and digestive conditions
  • And obviously, feeling overwhelmed or stressed

Every one of these symptoms and experiences, ranging from little nuisances to more serious emotional and health challenges, can be the result of women's chronic stress.

A Failure to Flourish

Flourishing is growing toward your full potential, becoming your best self, and experiencing happiness, peace of mind, purpose, and satisfaction.

We were each born with the capacity to flourish. And that's not just flowery talk, because when we don't flourish, we wither, and our unfulfilled needs become our afflictions. Women's Stress Syndrome causes us to fail to flourish. My purpose is to help you eliminate the obstacles and optimize the conditions that will help you restore that natural drive to grow, thrive, and flourish!

Your Journey 

Do you recognize your experience in any of these descriptions?

Superwoman: You take care of everyone and everything and you do a great job of it most of the time, but you feel overwhelmed and underappreciated - maybe even angry.  You've been revving high and rushing for so long that you can't even relax when you have the opportunity. Every once in a while, you shut down either physically, emotionally, or both. You need a stress solution that won't take up too much time and energy.

Exhausted: You work really hard and don't take the time to refuel your tanks. You feel like if you stop, you'll drop, so you fuel yourself with the adrenaline that comes with more stress. You need to learn how to renew and replenish in a healthful and sustainable way.

Lost: Life's demands have finally let up a bit, perhaps you're an empty nester, or maybe you find yourself living alone, and you're ready to do your own thing. Except, you don't even know who you are or what you want. Maybe you never did! You need to find yourself and discover your purpose.

Disconnected: You've denied your body's needs for so long that you've lost your connection to your body's signals. You may be experiencing body image or eating issues, or you may be missing your body's subtle cues telling you that something's wrong. You need to reconnect mind and body, and learn to trust and honor your body's needs.

Depleted: Years or even decades of not prioritizing yourself or managing the build-up of stress in your nervous system have taken a toll, and you've developed symptoms of stress-related illness or even chronic pain. You need strategies that reduce your symptoms and a stress relief toolbox - now!

As you can see, different experiences with stress require different solutions. And these are just some of the many ways Women's Stress Syndrome can manifest. However stress shows up for you, I'm here to help.

My Approach

My approach blends teaching, mentoring, coaching, and counseling, to provide you with the help you need as you navigate the opportunities and challenges of managing Women's Stress Syndrome and creating a fulfilling life!

More specifically, depending on your challenges and circumstances, our work may include:

  • Embarking on a journey of discovery, designed to help you reconnect with authenticity so you can live freely, purposefully, and meaningfully.
  • Developing a program of simple daily practices to build your resilience, and help you calm down, relax, and handle stress optimally.
  • Focusing on time and energy management so you can handle overwhelming demands and possibly even get some of those demands off your plate.
  • Directly targeting symptoms of anxiety, chronic pain, or stress-related medical conditions.
  • Helping you develop a sensible but non-negotiable approach to self-care and self-kindness.

Now it's time to choose your path forward!

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