How Stressed are You?
If you are used to experiencing stress then the chances are you don’t realise the effect it’s having on you. Use this simple test to see if you are all stressed out.
Sometimes it’s very difficult to work out whether you are suffering from the effects of stress. If you experience the symptoms frequently enough then you’ll eventually convince yourself that these are normal feelings, which is dangerous because you will be less likely to ever deal with them if you don’t see them as harmful.
Monitoring your Stress
A good way to gauge your personal stress levels is to take the test. if your results prove positive, however, then the last thing you should do is stress out about it! Now that you realise what you’re suffering from you can work out a plan to address the problem and look forward to a stress free lifestyle.
Here are some initial tips on how to maintain stress-free living
- Manage your time better
- Improve your communication skills so that you can express what you feel
- Learn to say ‘no’
Alternative Healing for Stress-relief
Many alternative healing therapies target the symptoms and the underlying cause of a problem such as stress. Very often we turn to prescribed drugs to treat our conditions, but some of these medications have nasty side-effects and they tend to ignore the root of the problem, whether it be physical or emotional. You should try to explore some of these alternative therapies to see how they affect your stress levels:
- Shiatsu massage
Helping Yourself Battle Stress
Take the stress test to work out your stress levels and then see the stress relievers section to see how you can combat the problem
Do you know how stressed you are? Take this quick stress quiz to find out, and check your scores below
Score each question with either…
|1 – NEVER||2 – SOMETIMES|
|3 – OFTEN||4 – ALWAYS|
- I find it hard to get up in the morning and go to work
- I bottle up my feelings until I want to explode
- I tend to overreact to the slightest setback or cry easily
- I am tired all the time
- I feel as though my work or family life is worthless
- I am busy all the time, but I don’t seem to get much done
- I find it hard to sit and read, or take time to relax and pursue my hobbies
- I tend to try to avoid confrontations or resolving difficult situations at work or home
- I find it hard to say no to people’s requests
- I regularly get colds, headaches or other illnesses
Total score of 10-20
When new challenging situations arise, you take them in your stride. You manage stress well and don’t let it get to you. But remember that too little stress can be unstimulating
Total score of 21-30
You get stressed, but it’s not causing any major health or lifestyle problems. Prevent future problems by adopting some stress strategies
Total score of 31-40
Your stress levels are dangerously high and your health is suffering. Reassess what’s important to you. Reduce stress in your life and use some stress strategies to get calm and healthy.
Enjoy the relaxing, uplifting effects of essential oils by adding them to an oil burner, massage oil or a warm bath. The best oils for de-stressing are lavender, bergamot, clary sage, german chamomile, rosewood or sandalwood
Give yourself a massage with blended oil using a bath mitt or brush. Swap massages with your partner or a good friend. Gentle massage relaxes tense muscles and relieves pain. It also rebalances the nervous system, helping you feel calm and regain perspective
By meditating, you focus your mind on one relaxing thought for a period of time. You can focus on your own breathing, an object such as a candle flame, a sound you make or a pleasant image you conjure up in your mind. Sit or lie in a quiet place in order to meditate effectively