Take the “Everyday” Stress Test

October 28, 2007

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Purpose:
The purpose of this stress test is to increase your awareness of stress in your life.

Directions:
Read each question and keep track of the number of “Yes” answers.

  • I rarely take time for myself.
  • I am generally in a hurry.
  • I often get angry when I listen to the local, national, or world news or read the
    newspaper.I often get upset at work.
  • I do not regularly perform physical activity.
  • I often feel that I am being mistreated by friends or associates.I often have difficulty sleeping.
  • I often have neck and/or shoulder pains (not due to accident or injury).
  • I have frequent arguments.
  • I often get upset when I stand in long lines.
  • I have at least one constant source of stress/anxiety in my life (e.g., conflict with boss, Neighbor, mother-in-law, etc.).
  • I do not have a sufficient amount of money for my needs.
  • I usually feel that there is not enough time in the day to accomplish what I need to
    do.
  • I often get upset when driving.
  • I often have stress-related headaches.
  • At the end of a workday I often feel stress-related fatigue.
  • I have difficulty in managing time wisely.
  • I rarely get 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night.
  • I do not practice stress management techniques.
  • I have difficulty in keeping my feelings of anger and hostility under control.
  • I write a blog, and am constantly under the pressure of having to think of useful and interesting things to write about … actually that one’s just for me :)

How many “yes” answers did you give? Here’s the stress index key:

0 - 2 = Low stress

3 - 5 = Average stress

6 + = High stress

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