Stress

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Similar to anxiety, stress (or stressor) can have a positive effect, in that it can help to conquer problems. Stress in small doses is common and part of all of our lives. However, if stress is prolonged, it can cause health, personal, relationship and career problems.

Physical symptoms may include broken sleep, headaches, rapid breathing, and poor eating.

Emotional symptoms may include anxiety, fear, low self-esteem, anger, feeling guilty, feeling lost or alone.

Psychological symptoms may include confused thinking, difficulty making decisions or concentrating, slow thinking and memory lapses.

Beyond the stressors themselves, other factors can contribute to feelings of stress such as expectations on self and others, perception of the event or situation, unrealistic beliefs, and negative self-talk.

The most common life events that cause stress are below. If you score over 160, it is an indication that you are experiencing a high level of stress.

Stress Measurement Test

Value:

100

75

65

65

65

65

55

45

40

35

35

35

35

35

35

30

30

25

20

20

20

20

Life Event:

Death of Spouse

Divorce

Separation

Death of a Family Member

Loss of Job

Serious Accident

Retirement

Serious Ill Health

Pregnancy

Childbirth

Sex Difficulties

Financial Difficulties

Changing Job

Trouble with Boss

Relationship Difficulties

Heavy Mortgage

Motor Accident

Child Leaves Home

Giving up Smoking

Giving up Drinking

Changing Residence

Changing Social Group

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