How stressed are you? Take the test to find out!
Read the following statements and choose the number that describes you:
1: Never 2: Sometimes 3: Fairly True 4: Mostly True 5: Always
- I am organized and manage my time well
- I have good friends I can talk to when needed
- I incorporate moderate exercise into my working day
- I get at least 7 hours of sleep most nights
- I exercise and work up a sweat at least twice per week
- I am able to control my emotions most of the time
- I am aware of my first sign of stress
- I address my negative thinking about myself in a kind, systematic manner
- I seek out humour in my daily life
- I ask for help when needed
- I am satisfied with my diet
- I take breaks and “time out” during the day
41-60 Congratulations! You are coping with stress!
You are managing your stress very well. According to Dr. Hans Selye, a pioneer in the study of stress, we actually need some stress in our lives. It helps us get out of bed in the morning and motivates us to move forward in all areas of our lives.
21-40 Caution: Considering ramping up your stress-busting activities.
Caution! Ramping up your activities and managing your thoughts is definitely in order. Here’s some suggestions to help you manage your stress and thus lead a healthier, productive, pleasant and more satisfying life.
0-21 Danger: Take immediate action and develop a plan to manage your stress.
The time is now to start practicing Safe Stress!
You’re living in a world of “fight-flight”. Adrenalin and cortisol are high, resulting in elevated heart rate, blood pressure, and very elevated emotions. Your immune system is compromised and if you haven’t already done so, you’re battling with health issues as a result of this. (90% of visits to the Dr.’s office are due to stress-related illnesses) Your life experience is typically not a pleasant one and you are not able to be the creative and responsive person you long to be because, quite frankly, it’s not possible when you’re under a lot of stress.
Where do you start? First of all remember: It’s not the event that creates the stress response; it’s our thoughts and feelings about the event that determines our level of stress. In many cases we do have a choice in how we respond. For example, when someone cuts us off in traffic, we have a choice as to how we respond: Choice 1: with a stress reaction or Choice 2: by taking a deep breath and forcing our thinking toward something pleasant and calming. There are many examples of events that happen throughout the day where we can rewire our thinking: being interrupted when we’re speaking, receiving an abrupt email from a friend, a rude client or server. What are your hot buttons? Be aware of them and channel your thinking to a calmer, gentler place. In other words….choose your battles!
For tips on how to manage your stress, click here!