Major Life Events + Stress

I was interested to learn about how much pressure and stress I’m under with all that I have going on at the same time.


pressure (Photo credit: Sean MacEntee)

Not too awfully bad…my score is 178 which falls in the moderate range.

Seventy-Second Brave

Seventy-Second Brave (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I got this from : 

 To measure stress according to the Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale, the number of “Life Change Units” that apply to events in the past year of an individual’s life are added and the final score will give a rough estimate of how stress affects health.


Courage (Photo credit: elycefeliz)

Life Event:    Retirement = 45     (Life Change Units)
                          Change in Financial State = 38
                          Spouse Starts or Stops Work = 26
                          Change in Living Conditions = 25
                          Revision of Personal Habits = 24
                          Change in Residence = 20
Score of 300+:  At risk of illness

Score of 150-299: Risk of illness is moderate

Fearless (comics)

Fearless (comics) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Score of <150:  Only a slight risk of illness

English: emotions

English: emotions (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

While a positive event for many people, retirement is considered the 10th most stressful event.Read more:

Any type of major change in your life, either good or bad, can cause stress. Examples of major life changes include: getting fired, changing jobs, starting or ending a relationship, divorce, getting married, buying a home, relocating, starting or finishing school, starting a family or having kids leave the home, being a victim of a crime, spending time in jail, retirement, mid-life crisis, or menopause.

Regions of the brain affected by PTSD and stress.

Regions of the brain affected by PTSD and stress. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

WHAT TO DO from the site

1.  Take the time to adjust.  If experiencing a major change, take it easy.  Don’t take actions that heap additional changes on top of it.  Just concentrate on learning to live with the new situation.  TOO LATE, GOT LOTS OF CHANGES HAPPENING ALL AT THE SAME TIME:)

emotion icon

emotion icon (Photo credit: Łukasz Strachanowski)

2.  Express your feelings.  Willingness to express feelings and reach out for help when under pressure will increase chances of remaining healthy.  Do not keep your feelings bottled up.  OK, BE PREPARED FOR SOME EMOTIONAL POSTS ROFL

Icon from Nuvola icon theme for KDE 3.x.

Icon from Nuvola icon theme for KDE 3.x. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

3.  Let your personality be your guide.  If highly ambitious, aggressive, always in a hurry to get things done, try to take life a little more calmly.  Be less competitive in sports and outside activities as well as on the job.  However, this doesn’t mean you should spend a do-nothing weekend after a pressure filled week or take a long vacation after a major life change or period of stress.  That sudden turn off may be worse for you than having something to do.  Or, you may be the easy-going type being less competitive.  You worry less and don’t allow the clock to drive you.  If so, you might suffer ill effects by doing what comes naturally-withdrawing during periods of heavy stress or intense competition.  Actually, you might do better by being more active than usual;  keeping somewhat busier to avoid becoming depressed.  Both types should seek to alter their usually behaviour gradually and strive to be a bit more like the other.  I AM BOTH TYPES COMBINED !  OH-OH

Conflicting Emotions

Conflicting Emotions (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

4.  Consider the impact of life changes when making decisions.  i.e. say your life change score is high and you’re offered a new job in a different line of work.  It would mean moving and a different schedule with new people around you.  One alternative would be to avoid the life change and stay where you are.  The other would be to take the job and make a point to avoid additional stressful situations and take particular care of your health for the next 2 years.  By knowing how much stress you are under-including that from pleasant events-you are better able to make well-timed decisions and take good care of yourself when you are under a high degree of pressure.  2 YEARS?  I CAN BARELY MANAGE 2 MINUTES!  GUESS WHAT MY NEXT 2 YEARS WILL BE ALL ABOUT?


Health (Photo credit: 401(K) 2012)


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