Stress Test

Signs and symptoms of stress

Stress affects us all in some way. It is largely healthy, but when it interrupts our lives, it becomes a problem. If someone is overly stressed, they will experience anxiety, nervous tension and in some cases, trauma. It leads to constant worry, which is unhealthy since it leads to physical illnesses. Managing your stress is critical, not only for your mental health but also for your physical health.

Common situations that can cause unhealthy stress levels

Financial problems
Problems in relationships
Problems with family and kids
Problems at work
Life-changing events
Constant time-pressure

Stress is basically a good thing. It makes the body ready for physical activity: the body responds with an increased heart rate, increased blood pressure and faster breathing. The muscles become tense and the immune system is activated, as a result of stress hormones being pumped through your body.

For the early man in the Stone Age, the body’s automatic alarm system was absolutely necessary for survival. But during that time, man only experienced short periods of stress peaks, such as in life threatening situations. When the danger was over, the stress level and body returned to a normal state. Today, more and more people experience an increased stress level for long periods of time. This is where it gets problematic.

If you experience stress over a long period, this severely harms your body. This is primarily because your body never gets time to fully recover, which can make you ill. Your immune system is compromised and you are more likely to develop infections or suffer from a heart attack, stroke, depression, anxiety disorders, panic attacks, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

Common emotional and behavioral signs and symptoms of stress

You feel tired during the day, even though you have had sufficient sleep..
You feel low and worried and do not care about what is going on around you.
You react in a completely new way to everyday events.
You are easily annoyed and impatient even over the smallest things.
You have problems concentrating and easily forget things.
You are not getting enough sleep/you have difficulties falling asleep/you wake up and cannot go back to sleep.
You constantly feel agitated and find it impossible to relax.
You eat more or less than you usually do.
You consume alcohol, drugs and/or medication to make you calm.

Common physical signs and symptoms of stress

Headaches
Stomach ache
Increased heart rate
Feeling nauseous and dizzy
Decreased interest in sexual activities

If you suffer from any of the symptoms described above, we recommend that you take this test. Evaluate the statements and select the option that you feel best reflects the way you have felt for the past two weeks. The test is, of course, anonymous and free (see our privacy policy).

This stress test is not to be seen as a final diagnosis. If you are uncertain about your result, we suggest that you get professional help as soon as possible.

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1. I constantly worry over bills/my children/my spouse/ my work etc.
2. I suffer from problems with my memory.
3. I often feel fatigued, even though I have sufficient sleep.
4. I have experienced a change in my mood.
5. I frequently and easily get upset.
6. I often feel overwhelmed.
7. I experience depression or general unhappiness.
8. I recently noticed that I eat more or less.
9. I often feel a sense of loneliness or isolation.
10. I often feel agitated or unable to relax.
11. I feel anxious and often experience racing thoughts.
12. I mostly only see the negative.
13. I feel that I have poor judgment.
14. I struggle to concentrate on the things that need to be done.
15. I have a habit of biting my nails or other nervous habits.
16. I find myself procrastinating more and neglecting my responsibilities.
17. I isolate myself from others.
18. I sleep too much or too little.
19. I use alcohol, drugs or medicine to calm down.
20. I have experienced unexplained aches and pains.
21. I often feel unable to cope with daily tasks that I normally would have done without any problem.

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