Life Events – Are you stressed?
Grab a pencil. If you’ve experienced any of the following over the last two years jot down the number alongside the event. Add up all the events you’ve experienced and create a total. For example if you lost your jobs and got married in the last year your score would be 50 + 47 = 97. Scroll to the bottom to see what it all means.
|Life Event||Stress Score|
|Death of Spouse||100|
|Death of family member||63|
|Injury or illness (more than common cold)||53|
|Losing your job||47|
|Change in health of family member||45|
|Gaining new family member||39|
|Change in finances||38|
|Death of close friend||37|
|New job/ line of work||36|
|More arguments with spouse||35|
|New responsibilities at work||29|
|Child leaving home||29|
|Trouble with in-laws||29|
|Outstanding personal achievement||29|
|Spouse begins or stops work||26|
|Beginning or finishing school||26|
|Change in living conditions||25|
|Revision of personal habits||24|
|Trouble with boss||23|
|Change in work hours or conditions||20|
|Change in residence||20|
|Change in school||20|
|Change in recreation||19|
|Change in church activities||19|
|Change in social activities||19|
|Medium sized loan, eg for car||16|
|Change in sleeping habits||16|
|Change in number of family get togethers||15|
|Minor violation of the law||11|
|*Modified from Human Givens seminar on Managing Anxiety|
So What does it all mean?
A few observations first. You may be surprised to see holidays, marriage & outstanding achievements listed as stressful events. Well thats because we are essentially creatures of habit. Anything that throws us off our pre-programmed path has the potential to create stress. Note the use of the word potential. Some people thrive of change and have a high reliance to stress, many more unfortunately do not.
So to the quiz results:
A figure between 150 and 300 means you may well be suffering from chronic stress. A figure above 300 means you are likely to be negatively affecting your health due to cumulative stressful events. A figure below 150 means you are less likely to be suffering stress.
If your figure is over 300 take a good look at your health and be sure to make sure you’re taking good care of yourself. If you don’t know if you’re taking good care of yourself consult a healthcare professional.