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Stress Calculator

Any changes in the routine of your life — even welcome ones — can be stressful. Considerable recent research has shown that stress is a contributing factor — if not a direct cause — of many illnesses. Since understanding stress and reducing its effects are important to your health, we've created a quick test to check for stress.

Use the following stress calculator (based on the Holmes-Rahe Life Events Test) to help determine your chance of developing a stress-related illness.

How stress can affect your health

Check the box next to any events that have occurred in your life in the past 12 months:

  • Death of spouse
  • Divorce
  • Marital separation from mate
  • Detention in jail, other institution
  • Death of a close family member
  • Major personal injury or illness
  • Marriage
  • Fired from work
  • Marital reconciliation
  • Retirement
  • Major change in the health or behavior of a family member
  • Pregnancy
  • Sexual difficulties
  • Gaining a new family member (e.g., through birth, adoption, oldster moving, etc.)
  • Major business re-adjustment (e.g., merger, reorganization, bankruptcy)
  • Major change in financial status
  • Death of close friend
  • Change to different line of work
  • Major change in the number of arguments with spouse
  • Taking out a mortgage or loan for a major purchase
  • Foreclosure on a mortgage or loan
  • Major change in responsibilites at work
  • Son or daughter leaving home (e.g., marriage, attending college)
  • Trouble with In-laws
  • Outstanding personal achievement
  • Spouse beginning or ceasing to work outside the home
  • Beginning or ceasing formal schooling
  • Major change in living conditions
  • Revision of personal habits (dress, manners, associations, etc.)
  • Trouble with boss
  • Major change in working hours or conditions
  • Change in residence
  • Change to a new school
  • Major change in usual type and/or amount of recreation
  • Major change in church activities (a lot more or less than usual)
  • Major change in social activities (clubs, dancing, movies, visiting)
  • Taking out a mortgage or loan for a lesser purchase (e.g., for a car, TV, freezer, etc.)
  • Major change in sleeping habits
  • Major change in the number of family get-togethers
  • Major change in eating habits
  • Vacation
  • Christmas season
  • Minor violations of the law (e.g., traffic tickets, etc.)


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