The following step in the system to Systematic Stress Management is the Identification of Personal Stressors. A stressor is anything that produces stress. It can be a major life event , a situation, an object, or a thought that will cause the stress response to occur in the body.
Is there a connection between the number of major life events a person experiences in a year and the likelihood of illness? Drs. Thomas Holmes and Richard Rahe think so. They reached this conclusion after questioning 7,000 people about the number of life events they went through in one year. The people who scored highest on this questionnaire experienced the highest amount of physical illness in the year following the test. This would make sense if change places demand upon the body causing stress. As seen in the stress quotient, the body requires rest or diversion. Without it, illness or accident can result.
Instructions: Place a check mark in the column labeled
"Happened" for those events that occurred in the past 12
months. Then record your score with the event value for each.
Total the score.
Death of a spouse
Detention in jail or other institution
Death of close family member
Major personal injury or illness
Being fired at work
Retirement from work
Major change in the health or behavior of a family member
Gaining a new family member through birth, adoption or remarriage
Major business readjustments
Major change in financial state
Death of close friend
Change to a different line of work
Major increase in the number of arguments with spouse
Taking on a mortgage
Foreclosure on a mortgage or loan
Major change in responsibilities at work (promotion, demotion, transfer)
Son or daughter leaving home
Outstanding personal achievement
Spouse beginning or ceasing work outside the home
Going back to school
Major change in living condition (building, remodeling or deterioration of home
Revision of personal habits
Troubles with supervisor, boss, or superiors
Major change in working hours or conditions
Change in residence
Change to a new school
Major change in type or amount of recreation
Major change in church activities
Major change in social activities
Purchase of a car or other big purchase
Major change in sleeping habits
Major change in the number of family get-togethers
Major change in eating habits
Christmas or holiday observances
Minor violations of the law (traffic tickets)
Your Score: __________________
People who score between 100-199 have a very mild risk
of developing physical illness in the next year.
People who score between 200-299 have a more
moderate risk of developing physical illness in the next 12 months.
People who score 300 or more have a strong risk of
developing physical illness in the next 12 months.
Note: These scores only represent a likelihood and not
a definitive prediction.
Suggestions for Coping with Major Life Events
Think about how many life event changes are taking place within a year or less!
Notice the symptoms of distress from your body, mind and behavior.
Practice diversion and rest.
Decide to limit the number of changes when indicated.
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