How Stressed Are You? – A Quiz

How Stressed Are You?

Stress is additive. It piles up. Stress affects both mind and body and without your being aware of it, stress can add up to dangerous levels that can have serious health consequences.

This Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale is a well-known tool for measuring the amount of stress you’ve experienced within the past year. Print out this page and circle the value of each event that has occurred in your life within the past 12 months.

Add all mean value for all the items you circled. Note: If you experienced the same event more than once in the same year, add its score again to your total for each extra occurrence. From your total, find the relationship to health changes that may result in hospitalization as shown below. That’s your probability unless you have the internal or external resources to manage stressful conditions.

Life Event Mean Value
Death of Spouse 100
Divorce 73
Marital Separation 65
Jail Term 63
Death of a close family member 63
Personal injury or illness 53
Marriage 50
Fired at work 47
Marital reconciliation 45
Retirement 45
Change in health of family member 44
Pregnancy 40
Sexual difficulties 39
Gain of new family member 39
Business readjustment 39
Change in financial state 38
Death of a close friend 37
Change to different line of work 36
Change in number of arguments with spouse 35
A large mortgage or loan 37
Foreclosure of mortgage or loan 37
Change in responsibilities at work 29
Son or daughter leaving home 29
Trouble with in-laws 29
Outstanding personal achievement 28
Spouse begins or ends work 26
Begin or end school/college 26
Change in living conditions 25
Revision of personal habits 24
Trouble with boss 23
Change in work hours or conditions 20
Change in residence 20
Change in school/college 20
Change in recreation 19
Change in church activities 19
Change in social activities 18
A moderate loan or mortgage 17
Change in sleeping habits 16
Change in number of family get-togethers 15
Change in eating habits 15
Vacation 13
Christmas 12
Minor violations of the law 11

Your total: ____________

Total Probability of Becoming Ill from Stress

150-199 | 37% – Low to moderate chance of becoming ill in the near future

200-299 | 51% – Moderate to high chance of becoming ill in near future

300+ | 79% – High or very high risk of becoming ill in near future