This is the first of 4 posts giving you FOR FREE a look into our . . .
Incredibly Creative Stress Kit
written and illustrated by Slightly Stressed
Peggy Arndt & Judy Westerfield
Why The Incredibly Creative Stress Kit?
There are gazillions of books, articles, apps, tips & tricks on stress. What’s new? Why should this be different?
Most stress reduces are often boring, time-consuming or illegal. The purpose of this kit is to provide you with things we’ve tried that:
Are quick & easy
Have a creative twist
Are based on current neurological research
Work WITH your mind & body instead of trying to changethem
And… if you do them, they work!
First, take this scientifically based, unscientifically worded Stress Test. (The asides are ours*).
*P.S. No matter how we’ve worded the Stress quiz, all statements, in both Parts I and II, reflect REAL stress relievers and REAL stress inducers.
Part I- Stress Relievers Test
Scoring: Give each statement a score of 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5
- 1 – Yes, Always, Absolutely. I’m near perfect
- 2 – Usually
- 3 – Occasionally
- 4 – Almost Never
- 5 – Who ME? Are you kidding? Never, No way
____I give and receive affection regularly. (quantity, not necessarily quality)
____I have a circle of friends/relatives who are supportive.
____I exercise to the point of perspiration at least 3 times a week.
____I gave up smoking or have never smoked. (This refers to anything you put in your mouth and light on fire)
____I drink fewer than 5 alcoholic drinks a week (including beer & wine!)
____I am the appropriate weight for my height. (Not measured by runway model standards, please)
____I have such a flat mid-section you could serve drinks on it. (Must be fewer than 5 alcoholic drinks/week)
____I have an income adequate to meet my basic expenses. (And I use it for my basic expenses!)
____I get strength or solace from my spiritual/religious beliefs.
____I have people I am in touch with who I consider to be friends. (And they consider me to be a friend)
____I eat at least one balanced meal a day. (Translation: I eat fruits & vegetables once a day)
____I get 7-9 hours of sound sleep at least 5 nights a week.
____I am in good health- hearing, teeth/gums, eyesight. (I floss my teeth at least once a day)
____I am able to speak openly about my angry or worried feelings.
____I spend less than 4 hours a day watching TV or playing video games.
____I am able to take time for myself at least once a week. (Bathroom time does not count)
____I am able to have conversations with the people I live with about concerns, needs and issues. (The operant word is conversation, not argument)
Part II – Stress inducers Test
Add 5 points for each of the following if they have occurred in the past 12 months and/or you have Post Traumatic Stress symptoms from the experiences indicated:
An accumulation of stressor over months, years or over a lifetime
____I’ve separated and/or divorced
____Had a new baby or adopted
____Had twins, triplets, quadruplets, sextuplets, septuplets (for each child add 5 points)
____Been to jail (either as a “guest” or visitor).
____Become a step-parent
____Had a close friend or relative die (including pets)
____Lost a job, got fired, changed jobs, or retired.
____Sold and/or bought a home
.____Moved residences and/or remodeled my home.
____My wife/partner began menopause (and is outa control)
____My children have become teen-agers and/or are teenagers (5 points for each teen-ager)
____My husband/partner has become a teen-ager (Had a skull & cross bone tattooed on the arm and/or left to buy milk and never came back)
____Became a caretaker for an elderly parent, sibling, or grandchild(ren) (5 points for each person you take care of)
____My 40 year-old child moved back in, sleeps till noon and is not paying rent.
____My mother-in-law moved in, is paying rent and won’t move out.
____Had a serious illness or condition.
____Been hospitalized and/or dealt with insurance companies.
____Been in an accident or caused an accident (even if you weren’t hurt)
____Misc. other: Your stressor(s) of choice______________
_______Sub total Part I
_______Sub total Part II
Find your total Score
Check out your stress level with this highly exaggerated
but accurate scoring system!
Under 24: You shouldn’t’ be wasting your time taking stress tests. You are Calm, Cool & Collected and/or are from an alien planet.
Between 25-60: You should pay some attention to taking better care of yourself. Eat healthy and drink more milk.
Between 60-75: Your new mailing address will be Burnout- Ville. Run to the nearest parlor to have your score tattooed on your bicep as a reminder to slow down and breathe.
Over 75: Move to Tahiti immediately and don’t wait for the boat. (Swimming is a great stress reliever)
Over 200: indicates you took this test while curled up in a fetal position. When you manage to get up, IMMEDIATELY go out to buy milk, start swimming and never come back (you probably already have the tattoo)
If you scored more than 25, stay tuned to this blog for more of the Incredibly Creative Stress Kit