Test: Are You a Candidate for Holiday Stress?
by Sally R. Connolly, LMFT and John E. Turner, LMFT
Take this quiz to find out if you are a candidate for experiencing holiday stress.
The holidays are upon us. For some, this is an exciting and wonderful time. For others it is dreaded and avoided where ever possible. For everyone, it can be a time of poor habits and self-care which quickly lead to holiday stress.
Too much to do and too many people to care for; or too little to do and too few people in your life can both add up to holiday stress and lead to physical, emotional or mental health problems.
Instructions for the holiday stress test: To determine your score and see if you are a candidate for stress this holiday season, answer Yes or No to each of these questions.
Give yourself 5 points for each "No" statement on the holiday stress test.
Give yourself 10 points for each No statement on the holiday stress test.
- I have a spouse or partner to help me rear our children.
- I am not providing care for any ill or disabled family member.
- I have not had any major losses over the last 2 years.
- I have enough money to cover my basic needs.
- I had a reasonably happy childhood with fond memories of the holidays.
- I am never affected by the “Holiday Blues”.
- My health, physically, mentally and emotionally is good.
5 or 10 points. Good for you. Count yourself both fortunate and with a healthy approach to this time of the year. You have a reasonable level of stress and, with healthy self awareness and self care, you should be able to really enjoy these holidays.
15 - 20 points. You are clearly a candidate for burning out this season. Talk over your situation with someone you can count on to be a good sounding board or offer simple and specific advice for how to relax and enjoy this time.
25 or more points. Think seriously about what you can do to change your situation, if possible. Put out the red flag and wave it.
Think about who you can call on to be there for you?
Decide what do you need to do to get support and relief?
Muster your courage or let down your guard and ask for help.