Stress Tests

Perceived Stress Test

Feeling overloaded? Exhausted? All-over-the-place? Feeling like your mind is frizzy, and your soul needs a massage? Welcome to stress. But there is still hope! Recent studies show that more often than not, it's the way we perceive life's inevitable "stressful" events that create anxiety, rather than the events themselves. And how stressed-out we feel on a day-to-day basis has a lot to do with the ways we navigate the bumps along the road.

The Perceived Stress Test doesn't measure how stressful your life is — it's about how stressful you think it is. And that may be the most important indicator of your overall stress level. You're brain is in charge, in other words— so take this quiz to find out how much of your stress is in your head, and what to do about it.

Enter a number from the sliding scale below that best describes you.
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In the last month, how often have you been upset because of something that happened unexpectedly?
In the last month, how often have you felt that you were unable to control the important things in your life?
In the last month, how often have you felt nervous and "stressed"?
In the last month, how often have you felt doubtful about your ability to handle your personal problems?
In the last month, how often have you felt that things were not going your way?
In the last month, how often have you found that you could not cope with all the things that you had to do?
In the last month, how often have you been unable to control irritations in your life?
In the last month, how often have you felt that you weren't on top of things?
In the last month, how often have you been angered because of things that were outside of your control?
In the last month, how often have you felt difficulties were piling up so high that you could not overcome them?