Stress comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes, differs for each of us, we all respond to stress in diverse ways, acute and chronic stress have different effects, and the separation between them is often blurred. These and demographic influences make it difficult for scientists to agree on a definition of stress, much less measure it. There are hundreds of stress questionnaires, ranging from the Social Readjustment Rating Scale for periodic major life change events published by Holmes and Rahe over 40 years ago (with numerous revisions since then), to the Daily Hassles Scale that lists minor annoyances like fights with customers and family or being stuck in traffic that can occur several times a day. Others, like the Perceived Stress Scale and Profile of Mood States, assess the effects of stress, or are designed specifically for job stress, women, children, teenagers, the elderly, Type A behavior, depression, anger, anxiety etc. Many researchers and others have constructed stress quizzes, some of which are self-serving and very few, if any have been validated, so their value is questionable.
Soon we will add more stress quizzes and surveys so that you can measure your stress level and test your management skills. We are currently developing a validated AIS Stress 360.
In the meantime, AIS Fellow Dr. Richard Rahe has granted us permission to post his Holmes-Rahe Stress Inventory listed below. You may also take the AIS Workplace Stress Survey. The AIS Workplace Stress Survey was developed in 1998 to serve as a simple screening measure to determine the need for further investigation with more comprehensive assessments.
The Institute of HeartMath’s Stress and Well Being Survey
This scientifically developed assessment tool guides you, whenever you need it, in determining the state of your heart, mind and emotions at home and work and in your relationships and finances. It measures your stress-management, adaptability, resilience and emotional vitality levels, then analyzes this data in relation to your 5 Aspects of Well-Being. Finally, the survey will suggest practical and easy steps for achieving your Zone of Performance.