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Chronic stress takes its toll on our bodies and minds. The more stress we have at any one time, the higher the likelihood we will suffer from a stress-related illness. Stressors are with us day in and day out, producing symptoms ranging from minor emotional anxiety and muscle tension in the neck and shoulders to high blood pressure, chest pain or shortness of breath.
There is growing evidence that prolonged exposure to stressors without effective stress management can contribute to chronic diseases such as depression, hypertension, heart disease, and peptic ulcers.
You can tell if stress is affecting your health by taking the following “stress test.” To learn the level of stress in your life, circle the value at the right of each of the following events if it has occurred within the past 12 months. Then add up all the circled values. The higher the total score, the greater the role that stress plays in your life and the higher likelihood that it is compromising your health. If your total score is more than 150, it would be smart to find ways to reduce or manage stress in your daily life. We are always here to help you.
|Death Of Spouse||100|
|Death of Close Family Member||63|
|Personal Injury or Illness||53|
|Fired from Job||47|
|Change in Family Member’s Health||44|
|Addition to Family||39|
|Change In Financial Status||38|
|Death Of Close Friend||37|
|Change in Number of Marital Arguments||35|
|Mortgage or Loan Over $10,000||31|
|Foreclosure of Mortgage or Loan||30|
|Change in Work Responsibilities||29|
|Son or Daughter Leaving Home||29|
|Trouble with In-Laws||29|
|Outstanding Personal Achievement||28|
|Spouse Begins or Ceases Working||26|
|Starting or Finishing School||26|
|Change in Living Conditions||25|
|Revision of Personal Habits||24|
|Trouble with Boss||23|
|Change in Work Hours, Conditions||20|
|Change in Residence||20|
|Change in Schools||20|
|Change in Recreational Habits 1||19|
|Change in Church Activities||19|
|Change in Social Activities||18|
|Mortgage or Loan Under $10,000||17|
|Change in Sleeping Habits||16|
|Change in Number of Family Gatherings||15|
|Change in Eating Habits||15|
|Minor Violation of The Law||11|
Contact Dr. Linda at 773-385-9432 for more tips on healthy snacking.
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