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|
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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.