Coping with Stress
What is Your Stress Index?
Stress can be difficult to understand. The emotional chaos it causes can make our daily lives miserable. It can also decrease our physical health, sometimes drastically. Strangely, we are not always aware that we are under stress. The habits, attitudes, and signs that can alert us to problems may be hard to recognize because they have become so familiar.
How high is your Stress Index? Find out by scoring your answers to the questions below.
|DO YOU FREQUENTLY:||YES||NO|
|Neglect your diet?|
|Try to do everything yourself?|
|Blow up easily?|
|Seek unrealistic goals?|
|Fail to see the humour in situations others find funny?|
|Make a "big deal" of everything?|
|Look to other people to make things happen?|
|Complain you are disorganized?|
|Avoid people whose ideas are different from your own?|
|Keep everything inside?|
|Have few supportive relationships?|
|Use sleeping pills and tranquilizers without a doctor's approval?|
|Get too little rest?|
|Get angry when you are kept waiting?|
|Ignore stress symptoms?|
|Put things off until later?|
|Think there is only one right way to do something?|
|Fail to build relaxation time into your day?|
|Race through the day?|
|Spend a lot of time complaining about the past?|
|Fail to get a break from noise and crowds?|
TOTAL (Score: 1 for each "YES" & 0 for each "NO")
WHAT YOUR SCORE MEANS:
1 - 6: There are few hassles in your life. Make sure, though, that you are not trying so hard to avoid problems that you shy away from challenges.
7 - 13: You've got your life in fairly good control. Work on the choices and habits that could still be causing you some unnecessary stress in your life.
14 - 20: You're approaching the danger zone. You may well be suffering stress-related symptoms and your relationships could be strained. Think carefully about choices you've made and take relaxation breaks every day.
Above 20: Emergency! You must stop now, re-think how you are living, change your attitudes, and pay careful attention to diet, exercise, and relaxation.
(Stress Index courtesy of Canadian Mental Health Association, Saskatchewan Division)