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Online Stress Test: Calculate stress levels using the Stress Coping Scale*
By DesMoinesHealth.com writers. Not doctor reviewed.
Stress can be a real joy-killer. If you're feeling a little too pressured with the demands of work, home, festivities and travel, step back and take a look: are you ignoring your own well being? Since there can be serious health consequences from chronic stress, take this coping quiz to see how well you're handling things.
This stress scale is based on results compiled by clinicians and researchers who tried to identify how people effectively cope with stress. It's an educational tool, designed to help inform you of the most effective and healthy ways to cope.
Enter points for healthy livingIn the column to the right give yourself points for various aspects of a well-balanced, healthy life. Adjust the points for your personal situation. In the first item, for example, if you actively pursue a hobby, give yourself the full 10 points. If you have a hobby but do so only halfheartedly, you might give yourself 5 points.
Required fields: You must enter some value for every question!
Enter up to 10 points if you actively pursue a hobby.
Enter points for negative habitsIn the column below, enter points for behaviors that don't contribute to your wellness. Adjust the points for your personal situation. In the first item, for example, if you don't smoke an entire pack of cigarettes daily but you do smoke every day, you might enter 5 points, instead of 10 points.
Enter 10 points for each pack of cigarettes you smoke during an average day.
Enter 5 points for each evening during an average week that you need help sleeping.
Enter 10 points for each day during an average week that you need help to lower anxiety or calm down.
Enter 5 points for each evening during an average week that you bring work home.
4 Includes the use any form of medication or chemical substance, including alcohol, to help you sleep.
5 Includes any form of medication or chemical substance, including alcohol, to reduce anxiety or just to calm down.
6 Work meant to be done at your place of employment.
Your stress test number is =
What does your stress test number mean?
Once you've calculated your total score, see where you fall on the scoring scale:
Above 75. Congratulations! You really have a handle on coping with stress, and are doing just about everything you can to keep yourself balanced.
50-75. If you scored in the 50-75 range, you probably have adequate coping skills for most common stress. But, you could give yourself a stress advantage if you paid attention to those one or two challenging areas (and you know what they are).
Below 50. Take a deep breath. Slow down. You need help coping with stress. Your healthcare professional can help steer you in the right direction.
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