Stress test

Welcome to the Stress Test.

This assessment is designed to give you an indication of the kinds of stress and wellbeing issues that may affect you.

This is not a clinical tool and if you have any symptoms or concerns about your physical or mental health, you should always consult with your G.P.

There are three sections to complete of ten questions. You will get an instant result for each section.

This test is brought to you by Education Support Partnership.

Part One: Psychosocial

This section relates to the events and experiences that you are currently facing or have recently faced.

There are 10 questions in this section.

In the past six months, there have been changes in my work life that worry me or have caused me concern.
  • To a large extent
  • To some extent
  • To a small extent
  • Not at all
I get great satisfaction out of my job and feel that my work contributes to my overall wellbeing.
  • To a large extent
  • To some extent
  • To a small extent
  • Not at all
I feel that the current balance between my home and work life is good.
  • To a large extent
  • To some extent
  • To a small extent
  • Not at all
In the past six months, there have been events in my home and family life that have worried me or caused me concern.
  • To a large extent
  • To some extent
  • To a small extent
  • Not at all
I cope well with the amount of work I am expected to do in my job.
  • To a large extent
  • To some extent
  • To a small extent
  • Not at all
My relationships at work are generally good and contribute to a positive sense of wellbeing.
  • To a large extent
  • To some extent
  • To a small extent
  • Not at all
I have suffered from harassment or bullying at work in the past year.
  • To a large extent
  • To some extent
  • To a small extent
  • Not at all
I sometimes find it difficult to fit in everything that I have to do in my job and in my home life.
  • To a large extent
  • To some extent
  • To a small extent
  • Not at all
My family life feels good and my relationships have a positive effect on my wellbeing and happiness.
  • To a large extent
  • To some extent
  • To a small extent
  • Not at all
In the past six months, i have suffered a relationship breakup, bereavement or other trauma.
  • Yes
  • No

Stress alert!

You said that in the past six months you have suffered a relationship breakup, bereavement or other trauma. Any of these events can have a major effect on your wellbeing.

Don't forget that if you feel like you aren't coping there is support available to you. If you'd like to talk through a concern or the options open to you, contact one of our trained counsellors for free through our helpline.

Psychosocial section results: High

You have scored highly (between 61% and 100%) on the Psychosocial section of this survey. A high score on this section indicates that there are a lot of pressures on you at the moment.

Even if you think you are generally good at coping, a high level of pressure and demands can take its toll and can lead to stress symptoms, anxiety or depression in the longer term. Maintaining good relationships and keeping a good work-life balance are an important part of stress management and wellbeing, and so you might be a good idea to seek some help in coping with your work and life. We'll give you some options at the end of the exercise.

Psychosocial section results: Medium

You have scored medium (between 30% and 60%) on the Psychosocial section of this survey. Your score on this section indicates that you may be facing a moderate amount of pressure and demands in your work and life.

This might feel OK for you - we all need a certain amount of pressure and demand in our work and life in order to feel motivated and engaged; however demands might sometimes feel a little less comfortable and out of control. When this happens it’s a good idea to explore ways of preventing these becoming more stressful in the future. This might involve improving your coping strategies, or adjusting your worklife balance so that it feels more comfortable for you.

Psychosocial section results: Low

You have scored low (between 0% and 30%) on the Psychosocial section of this survey. Your score in this section indicates that generally your Psychosocial rating is very good.

You seem to feel positive about most aspects of your work and life and you seem to experience good, positive relationships at home and at work.

Although we can never guarantee that our psychosocial experience will always stay positive at the moment it seems that the pressures and demands upon you are manageable and positive in nature.

Part Two: Resilience

This section relates to your view and experience of your coping abilities and ways of responding to challenges and pressure.

There are 8 questions in this section.

I find that, when things go wrong or seem difficult, I can approach problems positively...
  • To a large extent
  • To some extent
  • To a small extent
  • Not at all
I feel I have the skills, abilities and motivation to do the job I am in.
  • To a large extent
  • To some extent
  • To a small extent
  • Not at all
I really enjoy my job and the work I do.
  • To a large extent
  • To some extent
  • To a small extent
  • Not at all
In my life I often find that I feel isolated and alone when faced with problems.
  • To a large extent
  • To some extent
  • To a small extent
  • Not at all
I have a sense that I am in the wrong job and should be doing something else.
  • To a large extent
  • To some extent
  • To a small extent
  • Not at all
I make sure that I get a lot of support from the people around me.
  • To a large extent
  • To some extent
  • To a small extent
  • Not at all
I get a lot out of my relationships with others in both my home and work life.
  • To a large extent
  • To some extent
  • To a small extent
  • Not at all
When I think about my life and work, the sense I have is negative.
  • To a large extent
  • To some extent
  • To a small extent
  • Not at all

Resilience section results: High

Your score in this section indicates that you have a high degree of resilience and coping ability, and that, generally, you regard life and work positively.

At your best, you probably sometimes experience a sense of "flow" - getting lost in activities and experience in a way that can feels really positive, rewarding and exhilarating. You usually feel in control and know when and where to get support from others when you need it. You are probably also aware that your strong resilience depends on your own personal development and emotional intelligence, and on positive and mutually supportive relationships with others.

Being resilient will also support you when you face difficult times in the future - or when pressure and demand are high.

Resilience section results: Medium

Your score on this section indicates that you deal reasonably well with the demands and pressures in your life and work, and that you usually feel in control.

However there may be times when this is not the case - and this might occur particularly at times of high pressure. Having a high level of resilience enables us to deal with problems and challenges positively and to learn from them. It can also support us in engaging more positively with our life and work - and this can really make us happier!

Working on your resilience and coping abilities is really a win-win approach. Just bear in mind that resilience is an emotionally intelligent place to be - resilient people will always look for support when the pressure is on. They know their limits and boundaries and when to ask for help; they are also aware that resilience depends on strong, positive and mutually - supportive relationships with others.

Resilience section results: Low

A low score on this section indicates that you might find coping with the pressures and demands of work and life difficult.

You might also feel quite negatively about your work and life, and sometimes feel isolated. In order to have a sense of wellbeing and happiness, it's important to develop a sense of resilience, to feel in control and to take decisions that both enable you to feel you're in the right job and place in your life; from your responses it seems you could do with some support in these areas.

It can really help to talk to someone else about these issues, as our coping ability is often linked with experiences of demands. In addition, a low sense of resilience, control and engagement that can sometimes lead to anxiety or depression.

Part Three: Symptoms

This section relates to the ways in which you respond in your body, mind and behaviour to stress and pressure.

There are 11 questions in this section.

I suffer from minor illnesses - colds, flu or similar - when I am or have been under pressure.
  • To a large extent
  • To some extent
  • To a small extent
  • Not at all
My physical health is good and I have few concerns about how my body responds at times of pressure.
  • To a large extent
  • To some extent
  • To a small extent
  • Not at all
I suffer from a diagnosed long-term illness - eczema, IBS or similar - which flares up at times of stress.
  • To a large extent
  • To some extent
  • To a small extent
  • Not at all
I have suffered from headaches, chest pains or other unexplained symptoms, that worry me.
  • Yes
  • No
Even at times of pressure I find I can relax and feel relatively calm in my body and mind.
  • To a large extent
  • To some extent
  • To a small extent
  • Not at all
I find that under stress I tend to drink more alcohol or take other forms of stimulants/drugs to make me feel better or calmer.
  • To a large extent
  • To some extent
  • To a small extent
  • Not at all
When under pressure I find that I generally stay effective in how I do my work and live my life.
  • To a large extent
  • To some extent
  • To a small extent
  • Not at all
When I am under pressure, either at work or at home, my behaviour changes for the worse.
  • To a large extent
  • To some extent
  • To a small extent
  • Not at all
My relationships stay good and positive, even when I feel under pressure or when there are problems at work or in life.
  • To a large extent
  • To some extent
  • To a small extent
  • Not at all
I seldom feel anxious, down or low in response to life and work pressures and demands.
  • To a large extent
  • To some extent
  • To a small extent
  • Not at all
I sometimes have very low moods, lack energy and motivation and feel it's impossible to cope.
  • Yes
  • No

Extra information about your symptoms

You've answered yes to either question 4 or question 11 (or both) on the symptoms questionnaire which indicates that you have unexplained symptoms like chest pains or headaches and/or that you have low moods and feel like you aren't coping well.

These are all symptoms that could be related to stress or pressure and certainly something you should be aware of. If you are worried then you should always get checked out by your GP, even the act of getting checked can be a relief and help to improve your wellbeing.

Symptoms section results: High

You have scored highly (between 61% and 100%). This indicates that you seem to be suffering from a lot of symptoms connected with your responses to stress and pressure.

Talking to your someone else about how you are feeling is a good way of starting to deal with this, and to start to cope more positively with stress. Physical, psychological or behavioural changes that seem to get worse at times of stress and high pressure can affect your ability to do your job and enjoy life can diminish. It is possible to learn to feel more relaxed, and to alleviate the symptoms of stress by dealing with some of the underlying causes - and by becoming more resilient.

Symptoms section results: Medium

You have a medium score (between 31% and 60%) on the Symptoms section of this survey. Your score on this section indicates that your physical and emotional health may normally be relatively good, but that sometimes you might respond to pressure in ways that aren't healthy for you.

Knowing the early warning signs of stress in your body and mind may be a positive step for you, and talking to an experienced coach can help with this.

Symptoms section results: Low

Your score in this section (between 0% and 30%) indicates that you respond positively even when under stress and pressure.

This may be linked to a high level of resilience - or you may simply have a robust and healthy body and mind! It's always important to keep your physical and mental health under review, however, as noticing changes in our symptoms, behaviour and emotional responses, can ensure that we stay healthy and happy in the future - even when demands are high or difficult situations arise in our lives.