causes-of-stressCauses of stress are numerous and differ from person to person. The most well known study was carried out  by Holmes and Rahe in 1967 and  identified 43 Life Events that caused stress. Each of the events were ranked, starting with the most high risk changes down to the lower risk ones. A more recent inventory was developed by Professor Gary Cooper from Manchester University in 1988 -see below

The most common stressors known to STRESSWORX are:-

  • workload, fear of redundancy, time management, bullying
  • discrimination, harassment, conflicting values
  • high expectations, lack of support, unrealistic targets
  • fears, phobias, annoying habits, cravings and addictions
  • painful memories, limiting beliefs, low self esteem
  • lack of confidence, anger, jealousy, resentment, guilt
  • grief, sense of failure, inadequacy, panic, anxiety
  • tension, worry, pressure, procrastination, body image
  • sexuality, acceptance, relationships, health
  • personality clashes, elderly parents, children, partners
  • weight, smoking, alcohol, obsessive compulsive behaviour
  • money, employment, exams, moving house, family events

WHAT ARE YOUR STRESSORS?

Coopers Life Stress inventory (Cooper, 1988)

 Cooper’s Life Stress Inventory can help measure life change and susceptibility to stress related illness.  Place a (X) in the ‘Yes’ column for each event which has taken place in the last two years.  Then circle a number on the scale which describes how upsetting the event was to you, e.g.. 10 for the death of a partner.

                                                                                 

EVENT   YES SCALE
Bought house    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Sold house   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Moved house                 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Major house renovation             1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Separation from loved one        1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
End of relationship         1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Got engaged                1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Got married                               1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Marital problem                         1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Awaiting divorce           1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Divorce                          1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Child started school/nursery                  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Increased care for elderly or ill person              1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Attacked or raped        1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Problems with friends/neighbours                      1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Pet-related problems                 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Problems with relatives   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Work-related problems   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Change in nature of work                      1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Threat of redundancy                            1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Changed job                             1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Made redundant                       1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Unemployed                  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Retired                           1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Increased or new bank loan/mortgage   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Financial difficulty   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Insurance problem        1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Legal problem   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Illness of close family or relative   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Illness of close family /friend in hospital   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Surgery of family member /friend     1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Death of a partner                       1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Death of family member or relative                   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Death of a close friend              1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Emotional or physical illness of yourself             1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Serious illness requiring your own hospitalisation   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Surgical operation on yourself               1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Pregnancy                     1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Birth of a baby                          1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Birth of a grandchild                              1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Family member left home          1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Difficult relationship with children          1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Difficult relationship with parents           1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

                                                                                   

                       

Low stress                     Medium                           High Stress

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