It’s easy to determine the extent of your stress by simply taking the Stress Level Quiz. Your score will give you a fair indication of how susceptible you are at present to mental and physical illness.
It can also be a useful barometer to explain symptoms you may already be experiencing.
The scale below is based on the idea that major events accumulate stress in the mind and body. Both positive and negative events are included as all create stress.
You may want to add events you feel are relevant and assign them a score. The Stress Level Quiz cannot measure all factors that may be impacting an individual’s situation, but it is a good launching point.
To arrive at your total score, add up the values for each event you
have experienced in the past year. An assessment of your score follows
Event and Score
1 Death of a spouse 100
2 Divorce 73
3 Marital separation 65
4 Jail term 63
5 Death of a close family member 63
6 Personal injury or illness 53
7 Marriage 50
8 Fired from job 47
9 Marital reconciliation 45
10 Retirement 45
11 Change in health of a family member 44
12 Pregnancy 40
13 Sexual difficulties 39
14 Gain a new family member 39
15 Business readjustments 39
16 Change in financial state 38
17 Death of a close friend 37
18 Change to a different line of work 36
19 Change in number of arguments withspouse 35
20 Mortgage over one year’s salary 31
21 House repossessed 30
22 Change in responsibilities at work 29
23 Child leaving home 29
24 Trouble with in-laws 29
25 Outstanding personal achievements 28
26 Spouse begins or stops work 26
27 Begin or end school or college 26
28 Change in living conditions 25
29 Revision of personal habits 24
30 Trouble with boss 23
31 Change in work hours or conditions 20
32 Change in residence 20
33 Change in school or college 20
34 Change in recreational activities 19
35 Change in religious activities 19
36 Change in social activities 18
37 Loan less than one year’s salary 17
38 Change in sleeping habits 16
39 Change in number of familyget-togethers 15
40 Change in eating habits 15
41 Vacation 13
42 Christmas or other major holiday 12
43 Minor violations of law 11
Below 150 = Low Stress Level
You have a 70% chance of remaining free of illness during the next year. You’re probably not going through a lot of transitions now or, if you are, you’ve already developed some excellent stress relief techniques.
Between 150 and 224 = Mild Stress Level
You have a 60% chance of remaining free of illness during the next year. When one is experiencing only a mild degree of stress, it’s often helpful to become familiar with stress relief techniques.
Between 225 and 300 = Moderate Stress Level
You have 40% chance of remaining free of illness during the next year. Focusing on stress relief techniques should become a high priority at this time in order to avoid health problems from developing. If you’re already experiencing health problems, stress may be worsening them or may even be a direct cause.
Over 300 = High Stress Level
You have just a 20% chance of remaining free of illness during the next year unless you take serious steps to reduce your stress levels. It’s absolutely essential that you work on stress relief techniques. If you’re experiencing health problems, stress may a root cause. At best, stress is likely a powerful component in worsening your condition.
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