Let’s work on a self-assessment activity to see what stressors we are experiencing today. Follow the directions for the Stress Test:
1) What was the date six months ago? Write the date here:
Six months ago the date was __________________.
We are going to rate the amount of stress we are experiencing with a special test using the Holmes and Rahe Scale. Everything in life gives us stress points from death in our family, moving to a new house, or working on a school project. These events would have a lot of stress points because they are very stressful. Having homework, going on a vacation, or even the last day of school causes stress, but they have fewer stress points.
2) Look at the list of events on the Stress Test. Underline the events you have experienced only within the last six months from the date you wrote down in #1. If the event happened before that date, do not include it.
From the Holmes and Rahe Adjustment Scale
Events Scale of Impact
Death of a spouse 100
Marital separation 65
Break-up with boy/girlfriend 65
Jail term 63
Death of close family member 63
Personal illness or injury 53
Fired at work 47
Health problem of family member 44
Gain of a family member 39
Change in financial state 38
Death of a close friend 37
Change to a different line of work 36
Many arguments at home 35
Foreclosure on a mortgage 30
Changes in responsibilities at work 29
Outstanding personal achievement 28
Spouse begins or stops work 26
Begin or end school 26
Change in living conditions 25
Change in residence 20
Change in schools 20
Change in recreation 19
Change in church activities 19
Change in social activities 18
Change in sleeping habits 15
Christmas holidays 12
Minor violation of the law 11
3) Now add up your stress points. The total is ______________.
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Grace Wilhelm is a National Board Certified Counselor with experience in mental health and school counseling. She enthusiastically presents to counselors, teachers, youth workers, and parents on anger, stress, crises intervention, communication, data, counseling programs, play sessions, and more.