Toronto ABI Network

ABI Conference 2012

Info for Families

Referral Forms

Recognizing Your Stress

The following 13-item test will help you identify your stress level. Complete it with other family members, review and discuss your responses.

Take the test once a week or more often, depending on how you're doing. By doing so, you'll have a better idea about the sources of your stress and your reactions.

1

I have a lot to do.

TRUE

FALSE

2

I have more to do than I can handle.

TRUE

FALSE

3

I am not being productive.

TRUE

FALSE

4

I'm trying really hard but I'm getting nothing done.

TRUE

FALSE

5

I'm feeling unhealthy.

TRUE

FALSE

6

I can't afford to take breaks or time off.

TRUE

FALSE

7

I'm pushing myself too hard.

TRUE

FALSE

8

I don't sleep very well.

TRUE

FALSE

9

Too many people are telling me what to do.

TRUE

FALSE

10

I'm not treating people the way I want to be treated.

TRUE

FALSE

11

I feel totally exhausted.

TRUE

FALSE

12

Nobody is happy with what I do.

TRUE

FALSE

13

I can't stand living like this.

TRUE

FALSE


Scoring:

The more TRUE responses you have, the greater pressure you are feeling.

Used with permission, from Getting Better and Better After Brain Injury.

Identify the signs of stress for you

Recognizing how you show stress is the first sign toward coping successfully. How do you show stress? How do you know you have more problems than you can handle?

Make a list of your personal stress signs:

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Used with permission, from Getting Better and Better After Brain Injury.