What is Your Stress Score?
The beneficial effects of Tai Chi have already been described in many scientific articles. I.e. Effects of Tai Chi Intervention on Perceived Stress, Anxiety, and Sleep in College Students
Still, they only have real meaning when they have a demonstrable impact on your own body.
After practising Tai Chi for a while, you will feel much better, increasing your sensitivity. This sensitivity enables you to relax your muscles more profound, automatically giving you more energy. You will also get the stress and anxiety under control better.
But how do you measure this objectively?
In the early eighties, a stress test, “Perceived Stress Scale” (PSS), was created by Cohen et al (1983). It is a highly recognized psychological tool for measuring the perception of stress that's clinically validated and widely used by many reputable medical services.
The PSS measures the degree to which situations in your life are perceived as stressful. The series of questions have been designed to assess how unpredictable, uncontrollable, and overloaded you feel your life to be, as well as direct questions about your current level of experienced stress.
The PSS questions ask about thoughts and feelings during the last month. They are easy to understand and are of a general nature. This makes the test relatively free from bias for or against any specific subpopulation group.
Understanding your current level of stress is the first step in taking control. Find out your stress score.
Test your stress level
Everyone faces challenges at some time or another, and we can all benefit from tools that can help us work with them better. Stress, anxiety, and challenges are part of life.
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