How Do You Manage Stress?


In the past few years, many studies have looked at the relationship between stress and a variety of ailments. Mood and sleep disturbances, strained relationships at home and at work, and many physical ailments are examples of stress-related problems that can sometimes develop very quickly.  Evidence has consistently shown that stress plays an important role in several types of chronic health problems – especially cardiovascular disease, musculoskeletal disorders and psychological concerns.

Take this Survey
This simple survey may help you better understand how you manage the stress in your life. Score each item from 1 to 5 on the following scale:

Always    Almost always    Sometimes      Almost Never     Never   
    1                2                        3                       4                  5

 

1. I eat at least one hot, balanced meal a day.

2. I get seven to eight hours sleep at least four nights a week.

3. I give and receive affection regularly.

4. I have at least one relative within fifty miles on whom I can rely.

5. I exercise at least 30 minutes per day at least three times per week.

6. I smoke less than 5 cigarettes a day.

7. I take fewer than five alcoholic drinks a week.

8. I am the appropriate weight for my height.

9. I have an income adequate to meet my basic expenses.

10. I get strength from my religious beliefs.

11. I regularly attend club or social activities.

12. I have a network of friends and acquaintances.

13. I have one or more friends to confide in about personal matters.

14. I am in good health (including eyesight, hearing, and teeth).

15. I am able to speak openly about my feelings when angry or worried.

16. I have regular conversations with my family (or people I live with) about chores, money, daily living issues, etc.

17. I do something for fun at least once a week.

18. I am able to organize my time effectively.

19. I drink fewer than three cups of coffee (or tea or cola drinks) a day.

20. I take quiet time for myself during the day.

Scoring Your Answers
Score by adding all of the numbers and subtract 20. Key: 0 – 15: Very resilient, 15 – 29: Fairly resilient, 30 – 49: Vulnerable to stress, 50 – 74: Seriously vulnerable, 75+: Extremely vulnerable.

Questions About Your Stress Level?
If you have any questions about managing the stress in your life remember the HealthQuest EAP.  The program is free and confidential.   Call us 24/7 toll-free at 1-888-275-1205 (option 7) to set up a consultation with a stress expert in your community.