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41 MAJOR LIFE STRESSORS


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Check to see how many of these life stressors you have experienced in the last year and find out just how high your stress levels are.

For many people, stress levels go hand-in-hand with getting ill. Some stress is good for us, but when it is prolonged, stress is very bad for our health. We are simply not put together to deal with the kind of stressors that modern life often imposes on us.

There is no doubt that a shock or prolonged stress has a huge impact on our immune systems, but can this be measured in any way?

As far back as 1967, two psychiatrists, Thomas Holmes and Richard Rahe, researched the causal link between stress and illness. What they came up with is called (you guessed it) the Holmes and Rahe stress scale. It lists life events in order of the stress levels they cause.

Below is the scale. Check to see how many of these stresses you have experienced in the last year, and see how high your risk is of becoming ill. The more of these stressors you have experienced, the bigger your risk. Also check out the stress management tips at the end of this article.

 

Life event    Life change units 
Death of a spouse    100
Divorce     73
Marital separation     65
Imprisonment     63
Death of a close family member     63
Personal injury or illness     53
Marriage     50
Dismissal from work     47
Marital reconciliation     45
Retirement     45
Change in health of family member     44
Pregnancy     40
Sexual difficulties     39
Gain a new family member     39
Business readjusment     39
Change in financial state     38
Change in frequency of arguments     35
Major mortgage     32
Foreclosure of mortgage or loan     30
Change in responsibilities at work     29
Child leaving home     29
Trouble with in-laws     29
Outstanding personal achievement     28
Spouse starts or stops work     26
Begin or end school     26
Change in living conditions     25
Revision of personal habits     24
Trouble with boss     23
Change in working hours or conditions     20
Change in residence     20
Change in schools     20
Change in recreation     19
Change in church activities     19
Change in social activities     18
Minor mortgage or loan     17
Change in sleeping habits     16
Change in number of family reunions     15
Change in eating habits     15
Vacation     13
Christmas     12
Minor violation of law     11

 

Score of 300+: At risk of illness.

Score of 150-299+: Risk of illness is moderate (reduced by 30% from the above risk).

Score 150-: Only has a slight risk of illness.

 

Article by health24.com
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