Life Stress Test

Stress Test
Stress is ever increasing, with more and more people reporting feeling stress everyday or every few days.  Referred to as the Silent Killer, stress can not only masquerade itself in multiple ailments and conditions (e.g. headaches, eczema, hair loss or back pain), continuous and sever levels can negatively impact our overall health, happiness and wellbeing.

Assess your own stress levels by completing the following questions –

Take a note of your scores

1. Do you sit down to eat at least one balanced meal per day?
Yes Sometimes No
0 1 2

2. I have at least 1 person who lives nearby from whom I can ask a favour
Yes Somewhat No
0 1 2

3. I get 7 to 8 hours of sleep at least 4 nights a week
Yes Somewhat No
0 1 2

4. I exercise to the point of perspiration at least twice a week
Yes Somewhat No
0 1 2

5. I do not smoke
Yes Somewhat No
0 1 2

6. I drink fewer than five alcoholic drinks a week
Yes Somewhat No
0 1 2

7. I am the appropriate weight for my height
Yes Somewhat No
0 1 2

8. I drink fewer than two cups of coffee (or tea or cola) a day
Yes Somewhat No
0 1 2

9. I have a network of friends, family and acquaintances on whom I can rely
Yes Somewhat No
0 1 2

10. I confide with at least one person in my network about personal matters
Yes Somewhat No
0 1 2

11. I am generally in good health
Yes Somewhat No
0 1 2

12. I am able to speak openly about my feelings when angry, stressed or worried
Yes Somewhat No
0 1 2

13. I do something for fun at least once a week
Yes Somewhat No
0 1 2

14. I recognise stress symptoms
Yes Somewhat No
0 1 2

15. I take quiet time for myself during the day
Yes Somewhat No
0 1 2

16. I have an income adequate to meet my basic expenses
Yes Somewhat No
0 1 2

17. I spend less than an hour each day travelling to and from work
Yes Somewhat No
0 1 2

18. I am calm when I am kept waiting/stuck in traffic/late for an appointment?
Yes Somewhat No
0 1 2

19. I have regular calm conversations with the people I live with about domestic problems, e.g., chores, money and daily living issues
Yes Somewhat No
0 1 2

20. I never try to do everything myself
Yes Somewhat No
0 1 2

21. I never race through a day
Yes Somewhat No
0 1 2

22. I never complain about time wasted and the past
Yes Somewhat No
0 1 2

23. I feel organized and in control
Yes Somewhat No
0 1 2

24. I am able to organize my time effectively
Yes Somewhat No
0 1 2

25. I recognise when I am not coping well under pressure
Yes Somewhat No
0 1 2

Score your answers out of 30. The higher the score the greater level of stress you are likely to be experiencing. (Derives from The School of Psychology Online)

Help reduce your stress level;

  1. Understand your personal response to stress and it’s impact eg.  Do you overeat? Or have difficulty sleeping?
  2. Monitor your stress levels & triggers – Is it the morning rush?  Bills? Find counter strategies to manage more effectively.
  3. Labelling your negative feelings in 2-3 words such as, ‘I am overwhelmed’ will enable you to identify ways to reduce the emotion.
 If you would like any support contact us for a 30 min consultation & chat.

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