• Paul Radkowski

Take The Stress Test

People use the word "stress" to describe a wide variety of situations – from your cell phone ringing while you're talking on another phone to the feelings associated with intense work overload, or the death of a loved-one.

The Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale

In 1967, psychiatrists Thomas Holmes and Richard Rahe decided to study whether or not stress contributes to illness. They surveyed more than 5,000 medical patients and asked them to say whether they had experienced any of a series of 43 life events in the previous two years.

Each event, called a Life Change Unit (LCU), had a different "weight" for stress. The more events the patient added up, the higher the score. The higher the score, and the larger the weight of each event, the more likely the patient was to become ill.

This scale is not meant to freak you out. It's not about “I have a majorly high score… I better self-medicate and get back into my unhealthy habit to cope”. That’s just going to add more stress, physically and emotionally. It is meant to validate, to normalize that you may have had a lot going on for you over the last while. It is an invitation to be gentle with yourself. .... Life is stress. To avoid stress is to avoid life and living; it means avoiding opportunities to live and, instead, just exist.


Take The Stress Test