Stress Test Two - A Self-Evaluation
Score each item with 1 (almost always) to 5 (never) according to how much time you devote to each statement.
- I do something fun at least once a week.
- I give and receive affection regularly.
- I have an income that meets my basic needs and expenses.
- I am in good health.
- I take quiet time for myself every day.
- I eat at least one balanced (healthy) hot meal a day.
- I get seven or eight hours sleep at least four nights a week.
- I have at least one relative (or person like family) within 50 miles on whom I can rely.
- I have a great network of friends and acquaintances with whom I have a full social life.
- I have one or more friends in whom I honestly confide in about personal matters.
- I am able to speak openly about my feelings, even feelings of anger, worry and loss.
- I have regular conversations and open communication with the person (people) I live with, even concerning domestic situations (chores, cleaning the litter box, expenses, etc.).
- I am able to organize my time efficiently.
- I drink fewer than three cups of coffee, tea and/or cola per day. (This includes a combination of all three).
- I smoke less than half a pack of cigarettes a day.
- I have less than five alcoholic drinks per week.
- I am the appropriate weight for my height.
- I regularly attend club or social events and activities.
- I get strength and experience personal growth from my spiritual/religious beliefs.
- I exercise to the point of perspiration at least twice a week.
Score yourself and what it means to you.
To total your score, add up all your numbers to the 20 questions, then subtract 20 from that. Any number over 30 indicates a risk of stress. You are seriously at risk of stress if your score is between 50 and 75, and at extreme risk if it is over 75. Undertake some stress reducing activities, talk to a friend, tell your doctor, chiropractor and/or mental health professional and ask for ways to help reduce your stress.
Remember, stress isn't always emotional, sometimes it is our body's way of telling us something is wrong. Telling a medical professional may be a great start in minimizing your stress and helping maintain your personal health in every way.
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