Life Stress Test

Examine your life situations and assess your stress levelsFind your stress level by checking the events listed below that you have personally experienced in the last year.  Add the sum of the scores next to each checked box.

This scale shows the different pressures you are facing and, depending on your coping skills, can be used to predict the likelihood that you will fall victim to a stress related illness. The illness could be mild (i.e. frequent tension headaches, acid indigestion, loss of sleep, etc.) or very serious (i.e. ulcers, cancer, migraines, etc.)

  • Scores between 0-149 – Low susceptibility to stress-related illness
  • Scores between 150-299 – Medium susceptibility to stress-related illness.
  • Scores of 300 and higher –  High susceptibility to stress-related illness

Daily practice of relaxation skills (including gratitude) is very important for your wellness. Make sure your attitude is positive before a serious illness erupts or an affliction becomes worse.

_____   100 Death of Spouse
_____   73   Divorce
_____   65   Marital Separation or from relationship partner
_____   63   Jail Term
_____   63   Death of close family member
_____   53   Personal injury or illness
_____   50   Marriage
_____   47   Fired from work
_____   45   Marital reconciliation
_____   45   Retirement
_____   44   Change in family member’s health
_____   40   Pregnancy
_____   39   Sex difficulties
_____   39   Addition to family
_____   39   Business readjustment
_____   38   Change in financial status
_____   37   Death of close friend
_____   36   Change to a different line of work
_____   35   Change in number of marital arguments
_____   31   Mortgage or loan over $30,000
_____   30   Foreclosure of mortgage or loan
_____   29  Change in work responsibilities
_____   29   Trouble with in-laws
_____   28   Outstanding personal achievement
_____   26   Spouse begins or stops work
_____   26   Starting or finishing school
_____   25   Change in living conditions
_____   24   Revision of personal habits
_____   23   Trouble with boss
_____   20   Change in work hours, conditions
_____   20   Change in residence
_____   20   Change in schools
_____   19   Change in recreational habits
_____   19   Change in church activities
_____   18   Change in social activities
_____   17   Mortgage or loan under $20,000
_____   16   Change in sleeping habits
_____   15   Change in number of family gatherings
_____   15   Change in eating habits
_____   13   Vacation
_____   12   Christmas season
_____   11   Minor violations of the law
______ Your Total Score


The Life Stress Test, also known as the Holmes and Rahe test, was first created in 1967.

The Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale:  In 1967, psychiatrists Thomas Holmes and Richard Rahe conducted a study to determine the effects of stress on illness.  Over 5,000 medical patients were surveyed according to the identified 43 life.  Each event, called a Life Change Unit (LCU), was assigned a different “weight” for stress. The more events the patient experienced in a given period, the higher the score. High scores, combined with events with higher weights, indicated that a patient was more likely to become ill.


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