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Test Your Stress Level

Take a look to see how much stress you currently have in your life. The following table was adapted from the "Social Readjustment Rating Scale" by Thomas Holmes & Richard Rahe, 1967. Mark each situation as it has occurred in your life within the past 12 months and total up the points.

Questions:

  1. 100
  2. 60
  3. 60
  4. 60
  5. 60
  6. 45
  7. 45
  8. 45
  9. 40
  10. 40
  11. 40
  12. 35
  13. 35
  14. 35
  15. 35
  16. 35
  17. 35
  18. 30
  19. 30
  20. 25
  21. 25
  22. 25
  23. 25
  24. 25
  25. 25
  26. 20
  27. 20
  28. 20
  29. 20
  30. 20
  31. 20
  32. 15
  33. 15
  34. 15
  35. 15
  36. 15
  37. 15
  38. 10
  39. 10
  40. 10
  41. 10
  42. 10

Interpreting your score

Score 0-150

If you scored in this range you are likely to be suffering very little stress. Your chance of suffering stress-related illness or crisis is small.

Score 150-199

If you scored in this range, it is an indication that you are experiencing MILD stress with possibility of crisis or illness being fairly low…about 33%.

Score 200-299

Scores in this range indicate a MODERATE stress situation. This could result in a greater possibility of accident, illness, or some other crisis…about 50%.

Score 300 or more

Those scoring in this range are experiencing high levels of stress and therefore run a much higher risk of crisis or illness. This is considered a major risk area, about 80% chance of experiencing some problems. This scale is not a foolproof way to rate stress, in that people differ greatly in the manner in which they react to stressful events. At best, this is a rough index of stress, and does not take into account how one copes with stress. If you have a score above 300, an adjustment in your lifestyle may be needed. Always consult with your Doctor if you have any health concerns.

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