Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale

The following is an easy interactive stress test based on the research done by Holmes and Rahe*. It is designed to assess possible health risks, based on the things that have happened in your life in the last year.

Below are a variety of possible ‘normal’ life events. Simply add up the numbers on the right of each event that has occurred in your life in the last 12 months

Just click the checkboxes that apply to you, then click the "show results" button at the bottom.
Death of a Spouse:100
Divorce 73
Marital Separation65
Detention in jail or institution63
Death of a close family member63
Major personal injury or illness53
Being fired at work47
Marital reconciliation45
Major change in health or behavior of a family member44
Sexual Difficulty40
Gaining a new family member through birth, adoption or remarriage39
Major business readjustments39
Major change in financial state38
Death of a close friend:37
Change to a different line of work36
Major increase in fights with spouse35
Taking on a mortgage31
Foreclosure on a mortgage or loan30
Major change in responsibility at work29
Son or daughter leaving home29
In-Law troubles29
Outstanding personal achievement28
Spouse begins to cease work outside of home26
Go back to school26
Major change in living condition (rebuilding, remodeling)25
Revision of personal habits24
Troubles with superior, boss23
Major change in working hours, conditions20
Change in residence20
Change to a new school20
Major change in usual type and/or amount of recreation19
Major change in church activities19
Major change in social activities18
Purchasing a new car, or other big purchase17
Major change in sleeping habits16
Major change in number of family get-to-gethers15
Major change in eating habits15
Christmas or holiday observance12
Minor violations of the law11
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Below 150 - 35% chance of illness or accident within 2 years
Between 150 - 300 - 51% chance of illness or accident
Over 300 - 80% chance of illness or accident, heart attack imminent, take care, see a doctor. 

These predictions are not absolute. Health changes are the result of many different factors, including how significant those life events are to you, your personal capacity to cope with change, and the available support through family, work and friends. However, knowing your risks will give you an advantage of seeking body and soul health and finding spiritual refreshment before burnout steals your joy.

Psalm 18

1 I love you, O LORD, my strength.
 2 The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
       my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge.
       He is my shield and the horn [a] of my salvation, my stronghold.

 3 I call to the LORD, who is worthy of praise,
       and I am saved from my enemies.

 4 The cords of death entangled me;
       the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.

 5 The cords of the grave [b] coiled around me;
       the snares of death confronted me.

 6 In my distress I called to the LORD;
       I cried to my God for help.
       From his temple he heard my voice;
       my cry came before him, into his ears.

 7 The earth trembled and quaked,
       and the foundations of the mountains shook;
       they trembled because he was angry.

 8 Smoke rose from his nostrils;
       consuming fire came from his mouth,
       burning coals blazed out of it.

 9 He parted the heavens and came down;
       dark clouds were under his feet.

 10 He mounted the cherubim and flew;
       he soared on the wings of the wind.

 11 He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him—
       the dark rain clouds of the sky.

 12 Out of the brightness of his presence clouds advanced,
       with hailstones and bolts of lightning.

 13 The LORD thundered from heaven;
       the voice of the Most High resounded. [c]

 14 He shot his arrows and scattered the enemies ,
       great bolts of lightning and routed them.

 15 The valleys of the sea were exposed
       and the foundations of the earth laid bare
       at your rebuke, O LORD,
       at the blast of breath from your nostrils.

 16 He reached down from on high and took hold of me;
       he drew me out of deep waters.

 17 He rescued me from my powerful enemy,
       from my foes, who were too strong for me.

 18 They confronted me in the day of my disaster,
       but the LORD was my support.

 19 He brought me out into a spacious place;
       he rescued me because he delighted in me.

You are loved, seek Him and your burden will become lighter.

*Ref: Holmes & Rahe (1967) Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 11:213-219.