Are you coping with the problems in your life or are you collapsing under the weight of life’s problems? What is your body telling you? Take this short quiz to find out!
Mark from 1 (almost always) to 5 (never), according to how much of the time each statement applies to you:
I eat at least one hot, balanced meal a day.
I get 7 to 8 hours of sleep 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 perspiration at least twice a week.
I smoke less than half a pack of cigarettes a day. ***(1 if non-smoker or NA)
I take fewer than five alcoholic drinks a week. ***(1 if non-drinker or NA)
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 attend a club or social activities.
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, teeth).
I am able to speak openly about my feelings when angry or worried.
I have regular conversations with the people I live with about domestic problems, e.g., chores, money, and daily living issues.
I do something for fun at least once a week.
I am able to organize my time effectively.
I drink fewer than three cups of coffee (or tea or cola) a day.
I take quiet time for myself during the day.
___ SUBTOTAL - 20 = ___ TOTAL
To get your score, add up the figures. Then, subtract 20.
➡️ Any number over 5 indicates a vulnerability to stress.
➡️ You are seriously vulnerable if your score is between 25 and 55.
➡️ An extremely vulnerable if your score is over 55.
Adapted from a test developed by Lyle H. Miller and Alma Dell Smith at Boston University Medical Center.
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