How susceptible to stress are you? Take this 20-question quiz to find out.
Your daily habits and personal characteristics greatly affect the way you tolerate stress. Factors such as diet, exercise, smoking and many other personal features can increase or decrease your resistance to stress.
The following quiz takes many of these features into account and can help you assess how effective you are at protecting yourself from stress — or whether you invite it in.
After you take your quiz, read 6 Techniques of Stress Resistance That Work.
The Stress Susceptability Quiz
Choose the answer and corresponding point value that most closely fits your behavior. You may also download and the print this stress quiz here.
Almost always = 1 point
Fairly often = 2 points
Sometimes = 3 points
Rarely = 4 points
Never = 5 points
- I eat at least one hot, balanced meal per day.
- I sleep 7 to 8 hours at least 4 nights a week.
- I give and receive affection regularly.
- I have at least one relative within 50 miles on whom I can rely.
- I exercise to the point of persperation at least twice per week.
- I smoke fewer than 10 cigarettes a day.
- I consume fewer than 5 alcoholic drinks per week.
- I am the appropriate weight for my height.
- I have an income adequate to meet my basic expenses.
- I get strength from my religious beliefs.
- I regularly engage in social activities or attend a club.
- I have a network of friends and acquaintances.
- I have one or more friends to confide in about personal matters.
- I am in good health (including eyesight, hearing and dental).
- I am able to speak openly about my feelings when angry or worried.
- I communicate regularly with people I live with about chores, money and issues of daily living.
- I do something for fun at least once a week.
- I am able to organize my time effectively.
- I drink fewer than 3 cups of caffeinated beverages a day.
- I take quiet time for myself each day.
Scoring Your Stress Quiz
To determine your score, add all the points and subtract 20. This is your level of stress susceptibility.
1-30 = Congratulations! You are doing a good job of protecting yourself from the effects of stress in your life.
31-40 = You have some vulnerability to stress.
41-50 = You are pretty vulnerable to the stressors in your life.
51-75 = You are seriously vulnerable to stress and need to find ways to reduce your susceptibility.
75+ = You need to take immediate measures/action to protect yourself from stress.
There are many ways to increase your resistance to stress. Look over your questionnaire to see which areas, if strengthened, could give you added proection against the health risks of excessive stress.
Next month on the blog, I'll talk more about stress resistance. So, stay tuned!
If you need help managing stress or taking measures to protect yourself from stress, Mercy Concern may be able to help. Learn more about Mercy Concern (with offices in Canton and Akron, Ohio) and ask your employer if your benefits cover an employee assistance program.