Assess Your Stress

Here’s a stress inventory I got from: . 

You’re supposed to add up the scores corresponding to all the life events you’ve experienced in the last 12 months.  What this number tells you is how suseptible you are to a stress-induced health breakdown. 

 My score is 371.  Very high!  Which is what I was talking about in having to work on bringing my stress level down.  I can’t undo life events that have taken place…but I can work on decreasing the way the stress affects me.  I already know that when my stress is too high I tend to get sick more.  (Hence the getting sick 3 times since Christmas!!!)  My docs have told me that I’m very vulnerable to stress right now.  So I’m working on the stress-busting.  (Note on this scale marriage rates a 50…but getting engaged not even on this list!….so my score does NOT take that into account!)

What’s your score?  How are you dealing with your stress???

Life Event                                                                                            Mean Value

1. Death of spouse                                                                                100

2. Divorce                                                                                              73

3. Marital Separation from mate                                                      65

4. Detention in jail or other institution                                            63

5. Death of a close family member                                                   63

6. Major personal injury or illness                                                    53

7. Marriage                                                                                          50

8. Being fired at work                                                                         47

9. Marital reconciliation with mate                                                  45

10. Retirement from work                                                                 45

11. Major change in the health or behavior of a family member       44

12. Pregnancy                                                                                        40

13. Sexual Difficulties                                                                           39

14. Gaining a new family member (i.e.. birth, adoption, older adult moving in, etc)        39

15. Major business readjustment                                                        39

16. Major change in financial state (i.e.. a lot worse or better off than usual)        38

17. Death of a close friend                                                                     37

18. Changing to a different line of work                                              36

19. Major change in the number of arguments w/spouse (i.e.. either a lot more or a lot less than usual regarding child rearing, personal habits, etc.)                                                               35

20. Taking on a mortgage (for home, business, etc..)                        31

21. Foreclosure on a mortgage or loan                                                 30

22. Major change in responsibilities at work (i.e. promotion, demotion, etc.)       29

23. Son or daughter leaving home (marriage, attending college, joined mil.)       29

24. In-law troubles                                                                                  29

25. Outstanding personal achievement                                                28

26. Spouse beginning or ceasing work outside the home                   26

27. Beginning or ceasing formal schooling                                            26

28. Major change in living condition (new home, remodeling, deterioration of neighborhood or home etc.)                                                                                                            25

29. Revision of personal habits (dress manners, associations, quitting smoking)            24

30. Troubles with the boss                                                                      23

31. Major changes in working hours or conditions                                20

32. Changes in residence                                                                          20

33. Changing to a new school                                                                    20

34. Major change in usual type and/or amount of recreation             19

35. Major change in church activity (i.e.. a lot more or less than usual)     19

36. Major change in social activities (clubs, movies,visiting, etc.)       18

37. Taking on a loan (car, tv,freezer,etc)                                                 17

38. Major change in sleeping habits (a lot more or a lot less than usual)   16

39. Major change in number of family get-togethers                              15

40. Major change in eating habits (a lot more or less food intake, or very different meal hours or surroundings)                                                                                                15

41. Vacation                                                                                                    13

42. Major holidays                                                                                         12

43. Minor violations of the law (traffic tickets, jaywalking, disturbing the peace, etc)     11

Now, add up all the points you have to find your score.150pts or less means a relatively low amount of life change and a low susceptibility to stress-induced health breakdown.150 to 300 pts implies about a 50% chance of a major health breakdown in the next 2 years.

300pts or more raises the odds to about 80%, according to the Holmes-Rahe statistical prediction model.



  1. Catherine said,

    17 February 2008 at 12:00 am

    Hi bren,
    I’m at a total of 334 pts. and could probably tack on a few more given all the major decisions I am having to face plus being terribly sick for 8 months let alone the upcoming medical tests
    scaring the bejeebers out of me. I am just about ready to chuck it all; put Clancy on a leash and flee to someplace
    safe and comforting but unfortunately I’m afraid my problems will only travel with us! 😦 Things have to get better eventually! Just wish that day would arrive sooner vs.later!!!!!!!!!!! Will talk to you again after the weekend!

  2. bren said,

    17 February 2008 at 1:09 am

    Eegats! That’s high, girl! Though with everything–can’t say I’m surprised!!! We really need to work on some stress-busters, you and I!!! Talk to you soon! Maybe I could stop by on Tuesday before I see my t.

  3. 2 March 2008 at 12:39 am

    omg i got 399!

  4. bren said,

    2 March 2008 at 12:57 am

    That’s freaky!!!! I didn’t expect you to get higher than me, girl!!! You need to work on some stress-busting, too!!!

  5. 2 March 2008 at 1:50 am

    unless my calculator was wrong! lmao

  6. 2 March 2008 at 1:54 am

    haha. i got 417 this time. ooookay.

    so what’s with major holidays and vacation? doesn’t everyone go thru major holidays? i didn’t add either of those in since it seemed silly.

  7. bren said,

    2 March 2008 at 12:04 pm

    Just cause everyone goes through something doesn’t mean it isn’t stressful…..

    Your numbers are way too high, girl!!! How are you maintaining your sanity?

  8. 2 March 2008 at 10:08 pm

    Ha! i’m not! isn’t that evident? j/k so i guess i should add in major holidays since splitting christmas with my oldest is not the easiest thing to do 😦

    hi catherine!!! long time no type!

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