Stress Management – Listen to your body’s signals.

So what is it that stresses you out! This simple self-test will help you focus on behaviours and attitudes that contribute to stress.  Mark your scores:  Never = 1   Sometimes = 2  Most of the time = 3  Always = 4.  This manual is your personal property so reflect on the questions and be true to yourself.

Never Sometimes Most                   of the time Always
1 I need things my way
2 I blame others for how I feel
3 I find it difficult to show emotion
4 I find I can be angered easily
5 I find my work unfulfilling
6 I find my personal life unfulfilling
7 I focus on the negative
8 I resist change
9 I find it hard to be decisive
10 I don’t act for fear of failing
11 I respond poorly to criticism
12 I rush even when there is no hurry
13 I don’t take time for myself
14 I feel I must say yes to requests
15 I feel unappreciated
16 I feel I have to do everything myself
17 If things don’t workout I blame myself
18 I work flat out
19 I feel the need to compete
20 I find it hard to relax
Add up the number of responses in each column
Now add the scores for all four columns together, and put your final score in this box

For more information on selecting and recognising effective deep relaxation methods, contact Susan Chan, email

So what is the score?

  • Scores 1-20 you are very laid back, maybe a little more positive pressure and greater motivation would be good
  • Scores 20-40 things seem generally well balanced; learning how to relax deeply will only make things better.
  • Scores 40-60 things are getting a little out of control; learning to manage your stress should be something you recognise you need.
  • Scores 60-80 stress is the dominant thing in your life and you need to get it under control as a priority.

This self-test is only an indicator of some of the things that can contribute to increasing our stress levels. Our findings can also vary quite dramatically from time to time. Today’s stressed out control freak can become tomorrow’s creative and balanced person and the laid back person become a bit more proactive and motivated. So treat the test as an indicator only and not a full description of your stress and motivation.


It is possible to use the techniques of NLP and deep relaxation through hypnosis to reduce your stress levels.



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