Monday, August 18, 2008

Stress Test

A stress therapist provided this test, saying that the more symptoms you show, the greater the cause for concern. Just tick off the items that describe you:

  • Do you have dramatic mood swings?
  • Do you feel constantly guilty?
  • Do you find yourself unable to concentrate?
  • Do you suffer from obsessive thoughts or actions, such as repeated hand-washing or constantly checking whether you have left the gas on?
  • Do you get aches in your back and shoulders?
  • Do you often feel apprehensive or frightened?
  • Do you suffer from diminished libido?
  • Do you feel angry or irritable much of the time?
  • Do you experience feelings of paranoia?
  • Do you have feelings of self-loathing or lack of self-worth?
  • Do you have suicidal thoughts?
  • Do you suffer from insomnia, nightmares or simply wake up still feeling tired?
  • Do you suffer from breathlessness?
  • Do you suffer from frequent indigestion, constipation, or diarrhea?
  • Do you experience muscle twitches?
  • Do you feel constantly tired?
  • Do you suffer from palpitations or a "lump" in the throat or stomach?
If you scored...

5-8 - Your stress level is relatively low but there might be a danger in the future if you do not recognize the stressors in your life. Identify the person or problem making you fell anxious and think of ways to react differently -whether to avoid them, confront them, or negotiate.

9-13 - Your stress level is quite high and could be affecting your mental and physical health. Try to relax. You may need a holiday. Re-evaluate your career and personal life. Make a list of your priorities so you're not trying to do everything at once.

14-17 - Watch out! Your stress level is reaching overload. It's high time you step back and detoxify. Get a new hobby and set aside more time for yourself. It may also be time to seek professional help. You need to change your life - fast - and therapy or counseling may help. Psychological burnout is a real danger.


Tey said...

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Mom of Four said...

Right now, my score is 5-8, not that bad, thanks for posting this stress test.

Stay cool and have fun!!!

Insights from the Grocery Cart said...

I have days when I look exactly like the picture. Haha. Especially when my 3-year-old daughter asserts her newfound independence. Thanks for posting this. Love the pic!