This Stress Test will help you become aware of the big life events that happened to you and the impact that they can have on your overall physical and mental health.
We want to share with you a great exercise we learned while doing our mental health first aid course.
There is a very close relationship between the life events that happen in our lives and our physical and mental state. This exercise is called “Life Change Index Scale (Stress Test)” and will help you measure your current situation.
Most of the clients we work with are going through very difficult life events (divorce, death, retirement, work change, moving homes, having a baby…) and it takes time and a lot of energy to adjust to the new situation.
During this time, it’s normal to neglect your self-care and your home, too. Making the situation even worse.
It’s very important to be aware of the challenges that you are facing, and to ask for help when you can not manage on your own.
Our personal experience with clients is normally dealing with clutter. Clutter appears due to lack of self-care and energy to keep up. It’s NORMAL for this to happen while you are experiencing these life events. You won’t believe how many people are suffering from clutter the same way you may be.
Hitting the reset button and having a fresh start could be the answer you are looking for.
If an event mentioned above has occurred in the past year or is expected in the near
future, copy the number in the scoring column.
If the event has occurred or is expected to occur more than once, multiply this number by the frequency of the event.
Scoring The Life Change Index
The body is a finely timed instrument that does not like surprises. Any sudden change
stimuli which affect the body, or the reordering of important routines that the body
become used to, can cause needless stress, throwing your whole physical being into
The following chart will give you some idea of how to informally score yourself on Social
Since being healthy is the optimum state you want to achieve, being sick is the state of being you most want to avoid.
Life Change Units – Likelihood Of Illness In Near Future
300+ – about 80 percent
150-299 – about 50 percent
less than 150 – about 30 percent
The higher your life change score, the harder you have to work to get yourself back into a
state of good health.
T.H.Holmes and T.H. Rahe. “The Social Readjustment Rating Scale,” Journal of Psychosomatic Research. 11:213, 1967.
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