Stop Smoking and Stress, Free Self-test.
As many as two-thirds of office visits to family physicians are due to stress-related health problems. Such health problems cost American businesses between $50 and $75 billion each year. Stress is a major contributor, directly or indirectly, to six of the leading causes of death in the U.S.:
1. coronary heart disease;
3. lung disease;
4. cirrhosis of the liver;
5. accidental injury and
There is a growing awareness among "healthcaring" professionals of a subtle but powerful association between stress, health and maintaining physical well-being (Wellness). Chronically high stress contributes to problems such as headaches, back pain, stomach problems and obesity. Frequent stress, with anger, fosters high blood pressure and stroke. Stress associated with depression encourages physical fatigue and lowers our resistance to illness. Tobacco use can easily represent a failed attempt to deal with hidden or obvious stress.
The WIN Stress and Smoking Quiz offers these important benefits:
Here's how to take this quiz:
Not at all like me..........Moderately like me.............Just like me.
Please, for adults only. We created, used and refined this quiz with hundreds of adults. So it does not apply to teens or children.
Smoking and Stress Quiz*
Add your numbers and write down that initial stress score.
Initial score: ___________
If your "initial stress score" was 59 or higher, check to see how often you gave a response of seven. (The total presence of something so infrequently happens, that it's reasonable to consider such a response to be a subconscious attempt to overstate it.) Deduct two points from your "initial stress score" for each response of seven. If, for example, your "initial stress score" was 61, and you gave seven responses of seven, then subtract 14 points from your "initial stress score" for an "adjusted stress score" of 47.
Put your adjusted stress score here: _______
Note: Skip "Identifying Hidden Stress" below if you scored 40 or higher. Please go directly to "What your number suggests."
Identifying Hidden Stress.
If you got an "initial stress score" of 39 or less, you still might have some "hidden stress." Three key items can tell you if you have this concealed, and particularly menacing, stress.
If you scored 39 or less and still rated yourself with a five or more on statement two, six or nine, then add seven points to your initial score for each statement (2, 6 or 9) you responded to with a five or more. That means, for example, if your score totaled 37 and you rated yourself as five on statement number two and statement nine then add 14 (two statements time seven) to your 37 for a new total of 51.
Did you respond to any of the 10 items by rating yourself with a number one? If so, add three points to your score for each. (It infrequently happens that there is a total absence of something. So it's appropriate to consider such a response to be a subconscious attempt to ignore stress.) For instance, if you answered two of the statements with a number one, you would add another six points to the 51 for a final adjusted total of 57. The difference between the 37 you started with and 57 represents Hidden Stress.
Write your adjusted stress score here: _________
Please note: The author offer this inventory for educational purposes. No lifestyle, health risk appraisal tells absolute facts. Such assessments suggest possibilities to consider. When the results make sense and are helpful, then use them to your benefit. But don't make significant changes in your work or relationships based on the results. Instead, use what you learn combined with appropriate professional support.
Book reference: New Stress, Mood & Relationship Relief. The first nonsense-free, fully illustrated, plain-English program you use to identify and deal with what you know and don't know about that threatens you, your family and career. Lovelace, R. T., Health & Happiness Press. Winston-Salem. 1998.