by Justin Ian Chia
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In our last post, you uncovered the effects of stress in the first of our two-parter on stress management. This week, come to terms with how your body is responding to stress, and understanding how well you are coping with disruption, changes and events in your life. While some level of stress is normal, how do you know if it’s all getting to a boiling point?
Elevated stress levels can lead us into a state of psychological distress called vital exhaustion (VE) which, if left uncontrolled, could be a risk factor for dementia. Stress management starts with being informed of not only the dangers that stress exposes us to, but also the degree to which we are stressed. HiDoc Pulse helps you get in sync with your stress levels with this simple questionnaire:
Find out in just two minutes how many stressors you faced in the past week (adapted from the Maastricht Questionnaire which assesses myocardial infarction risk based on the hypothesis that feelings of vital exhaustion precede the onset of heart attacks).
Stress Threshold: Let’s play stress fingers!
Don’t panic. Discover just what your stress responses are trying to tell you with our friendly 10-finger checklist. Hold up one finger if your answer to any of the following statements applies to you, to see what your final number says about you:
1. I often feel weak and tired.
2. I frequently wake up feeling exhausted.
3. I felt like I have not accomplished much lately.
4. I sometimes have difficulty coping.
5. I frequently experience feelings of dejection.
6. I recently have difficulties concentrating.
7. I find that little things irritate me more than they used to
8. I sometimes feel like my body is like a battery running out.
9. I feel like I just do not have what it takes to succeed.
10. I sometimes just feel like crying.
What It Means If:
You held up 1–2 fingers: Your stress levels are under control
Congratulations! Your stress levels are similar to others who experience mild everyday stress in their lives. You are on top of your stress levels so keep living life the way you do!
You held up 3–4 fingers: Your stress levels are building up
Good job keeping it together! Your stress levels are similar to others who experience increasing amounts of stress in their lives. If your stress levels build up to the point that you feel overwhelmed, you might benefit from consulting with a qualified mental health practitioner (such as a psychiatrist) who can best advise you on how you can manage your stress.
You held up 5–7 fingers: Your stress levels might indicate trouble down the road
Do be careful with your stress levels! They are similar to others who experience a lot of stress in their lives. You may feel that you can cope with this high level of stress but this could lead to a stockpile of stress which spells trouble for you later on. You would likely benefit from consulting with a qualified mental health practitioner (such as a psychiatrist) who can best advise you on how you can manage your stress levels, whether through lifestyle changes or medication.
You held up 8–10 fingers: Your stress levels are reaching a critical point
Please be careful with your stress levels! They are similar to others who experience tremendous amounts of stress in their lives. It is likely that stress has overwhelmed you to the point you cannot effectively manage it alone. You can stop stress from taking control of your life by consulting with a qualified mental health practitioner (such as a psychiatrist) who can best advise you on how you can manage your stress levels, whether through lifestyle changes or medication. People with the same high levels of stress as you more often than not benefit from such consultations.
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