Are You Stressed Out? Ever ask yourself, “why am I stressed? Find Out Your Stress Level:
The Student Stress Scale represents an adaptation of Holmes and Rahe’s Life Event Scale. It has been modified for teaching purposes to apply to college-age adults and should be considered a rough indication of stress levels and health
In the Student Stress Scale, each event, such as beginning or ending school is given a score that represents the amount of readjustment a person has to make in life as a result of the change. In some studies, people with serious illnesses have been found to have high scores on similar scales.
To determine your stress score, add up the number of points corresponding to the events you have experienced in the past 12 months.
- Death of a close family member (100 points)
- Death of a close friend (73 points)
- Divorce between parents (65 points)
- Jail term (63 points)
- Major personal injury or illness (63 points)
- Marriage (58 points)
- Firing from job (50 points)
- Failure of an important course (47 points)
- Change in health of a family member (45 points)
- Pregnancy (45 points)
- Sex problems (44 points)
- Serious argument with close friend (40 points)
- Change in financial status (39 points)
- Change in scholastic major (39 points)
- Trouble with parents (39 points)
- New girl-or boyfriend (37 points)
- Increase in workload at school (37 points)
- Outstanding personal achievement (36 points)
- First quarter/semester in college (36 points)
- Change in living conditions (31 points)
- Serious argument with an instructor (30 points)
- Lower grades than expected (29 points)
- Change in sleeping habits (29 points)
- Change in social activities (29 Points)
- Change in eating habits (28 points)
- Chronic car trouble (26 points)
- Change in the, number of family get-togethers (26 points)
- Too many missed classes (25 point)
- Change of college (24 points)
- Dropping of more than one class (23 points)
- Minor traffic violations (20 points)
Here’s how to interpret your score. If your score is 300 or higher, you are at high risk for developing a health problem. If your score is between 150 and 300, you have a 50-50 chance of experiencing a serious health change within two years. If your score is below 150, you have a l-in-3 chance of a serious health change.
The following can help you reduce your risk:
- Watch for early signs of stress, such as re-occurring/constant stomachaches or headaches.
- Avoid negative thinking.
- Arm your body against stress by eating nutritiously.
- Practice a relaxation technique regularly.
- Turn to friends and relatives for support when you need it.
*See our How to Reduce Stress page for more helpful hints.
Go to website www.whatcanstressdotoyou.com for more tips and programs to help you reduce and manage your stress.