Find out your STRESS SCOREOver the years all the events that occur in one’s life can affect the body due the stress associated with it.

Over the years all the events that occur in one’s life can affect the body due the stress associated with it. Serious illnesses like heart disease, high BP, diabetes and also mental disorders like depression or sleep depravity can be attributed to stress. You can actually measure the stressful things that people experience in their lives by looking at the life events.

Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale

Also known as the Social Readjustment Rating Scale (SRRS) this method was developed in 1967 by a psychiatrist duo Thomas Holmes and Richard Rahe. This scale consists of 43 stressful events of normal life and their respective score. In order to know your stress score just add up the number of “life changing units” if an event occurred during last one year. A score of more than 300 means that the individual is at risk for illness, a score between 150 and 299 means risk of illness is moderate, and a score of under 150 means that individual only has a slight risk of illness.

just add up the number of “life changing units” if an event occurred during last one year

Life event Life change units
Death of a spouse 100
Divorce 73
Marital separation 65
Imprisonment 63
Death of a close family member 63
Personal injury or illness 53
Marriage 50
Dismissal from work 47
Marital reconciliation 45
Retirement 45
Change in health of family member 44
Pregnancy 40
Sexual difficulties 39
Gain a new family member 39
Business readjustment 39
Change in financial state 38
Death of a close friend 37
Change to different line of work 36
Change in frequency of arguments 35
Major mortgage 32
Foreclosure of mortgage or loan 30
Change in responsibilities at work 29
Child leaving home 29
Trouble with in-laws 29
Outstanding personal achievement 28
Spouse starts or stops work 26
Beginning or end school 26
Change in living conditions 25
Revision of personal habits 24
Trouble with boss 23
Change in working hours or conditions 20
Change in residence 20
Change in schools 20
Change in recreation 19
Change in church activities 19
Change in social activities 18
Minor mortgage or loan 17
Change in sleeping habits 16
Change in number of family reunions 15
Change in eating habits 15
Vacation 13
Major Holiday 12
Minor violation of law 11
 

Score of 300+: At risk of illness.
Score of 150-299: Risk of illness is moderate (reduced by 30% from the above risk).
Score < 150: Only have a slight risk of illness.