How stressed are you really?

Welcome to your How stressed are you really?

In this fast pace, constantly changing world, stress is an ever-increasing problem. Undue stress wears down our immune system and leaves us susceptible to all types of physical ailments. The following simple test is designed to see how stressed you are and to give you some ideas as to how to 'take control' if necessary.

Read the following statements and tick the ones you feel often or always apply to you:
A. Your mood and feelings:
B. Your lifestyle
C. At work
D. In general
Your score: 

Total up the number of statements you have ticked in each section and your overall total score. This will give you an indicator of how stressed you are and which aspects of your life are causing the most stress.

How stressed are you?

If you scored less than 10 - you have few hassles 

Congratulations! There are few hassles in your life right now. Make sure, though, that you are not trying so hard to avoid problems that you don't challenge yourself. - Some stress is actually good for you.

If you scored 11 - 20 - You are in pretty good control 

Well done! you have your life well balanced. Make sure you keep an eye on your choices and lifestyle to avoid unnecessary stress and keep yourself both physical and mentally fit and healthy.

If you scored 21 - 30 - You are approaching the danger zone 

You may well be suffering some stress-related symptoms and your relationships could be strained. You need to think carefully about the choices you've made and your lifestyle and find ways to reduce your stress and/or improve your copy mechanisms and find time to relax.

If you scored 31 or more - Emergency! 

You must stop now! Rethink how you are living, change your attitude and pay careful attention to your diet, exercise and relaxation. This may seem selfish but you need to look after number one at the moment or your health will suffer.

What is stressing you? 

If you scored high in section A: You're letting it all build up. 

You must be exhausted carrying about all that tension. You hate letting people down and often ask too much of yourself. You may find yourself having a lot of arguments, even picking fights. Try to smile more and don't take things as seriously - more fun is needed right now! Talk to your friends and family about whats on your mind instead of bottling things up. Make time to re;ax but also find a way to vent your frustrations - try a martial art, writing a journal or a long walk

If you scored high in section B: You need to look after yourself more

Our lifestyle choices drastically affect the way the way we cope with stress. Your body is fighting a battle both from the inside and out. Whilst you rely on sugar and caffeine to keep you going and alcohol and cigarettes to help you unwind, your body is not getting the nutrients it needs to repair the damage these toxins are causing. We're not asking you to become a health freak but make sure you get your five portions of fruit and veg a day, try not to smoke during the day, drink plenty of water, take a five minute relaxation break as often as you can and take some form of exercise every day - try walking or cycling to work, or from the park and ride, taking the stairs or come to a Q-active class - your body and mind will thank you for it!

If you scored high in section C: Work is getting you down

You are struggling at work and don't feel that you have the support necessary to cope with the high demands put on you. look at your work load - can you delegate any? are you saying yes to more work because you daren't say no? Try saying "i'm swamped right now - can anyone else help or do you mind waiting a while?" Look at your time management strategies - prioritise your work into "urgent and important, important, less important and can wait" then block out slots in your diary to deal with the most urgent ones first. Don't let anyone fill these slots in. - Imagine they are an important meeting that you can't avoid. Make sure your line manager knows the pressure you are under. If they are unhelpful, find someone else to deal with. Occupational Health, Human Resources and the Chaplaincy all have people that can deal with your worries so don't suffer in silence if you need help.

If you scored high in section D: You're taking on too much

I know its hard but you need to trust others to take the strain and ask for help. You feel unsupported and take more and more on but you're not a superhero and need to look after yourself too. Support is out there but you must take the time to find it. Be realistic about what you can achieve and use time management strategies to schedule time for your commitments and responsibilities but also for your health and well-being. Learn to prioritise effectively and don't be too hard on yourself.

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