Discover Your Stress Quotient for Busy Executives and Entrepreneurs

Test how well you are actually managing your current stress level

Everyone has stress. People pretty much know that they are stressed when they are. Between worrying about paying your bills, enjoying your social life, problems with work, concerns about family members, day to day hassles, and difficult people in your life, there is a lot to be stressed about.

Rather than tell you that you are stressed (to which most people respond, “yes, now tell me something that I do not know.”), this measure looks at how you are coping with the stressors in your life. The mere presence of stress does not imply something problematic. The key is how you react to the stress. The results will give you an assessment of how well you are coping. You will receive information on how healthy your coping strategies are.

Please complete all items. Rate each item on a scale of 1-5. Please choose one number and do not write a decimal, such as 3.5. Select the answer that best represents your feelings, thoughts, and behaviors regarding your responses to stress. Choose how true each statement is for you.



Discover Your Stress Quotient for Busy Executives and Entrepreneurs


Most days, I have at least a few thoughts that I feel I cannot control about how overwhelmed I feel.
Less True – 1 2 3 4 5 – More True
I frequently find myself telling friends and family members how incredibly stressed I feel.
Less True – 1 2 3 4 5 – More True
My common response to a high level of stress is to emotionally or physically shut down.
Less True – 1 2 3 4 5 – More True
I know that I need to make some major changes to reduce my overall stress, however, I have not yet done so.
Less True – 1 2 3 4 5 – More True
I am sure that other people are much better at coping with difficult situations than I am.
Less True – 1 2 3 4 5 – More True
I often find myself dropping one of the many balls that I try to juggle.
Less True – 1 2 3 4 5 – More True
I often find that I am focusing a lot more of my time and energy on one aspect of my business than I would like.
Less True – 1 2 3 4 5 – More True
When I become overwhelmed with responsibilities, I tend to stop doing things for myself. For instance, I stop exercising, preparing healthy meals, or spending time with friends.
Less True – 1 2 3 4 5 – More True
I often find myself daydreaming, procrastinating, or doing a mindless activity when I need to take care of something, such as paying a bill.
Less True – 1 2 3 4 5 – More True
I frequently overeat or eat unhealthy foods such as fast food when I am feeling stressed out.
Less True – 1 2 3 4 5 – More True
I commonly have thoughts like, “maybe I’m just not capable of dealing with so much.”
Less True – 1 2 3 4 5 – More True
Lately I have felt upset because so much of my time has been dedicated to my work that I have had little time for my family or friends.
Less True – 1 2 3 4 5 – More True
Given my current priorities in life, I feel I am making a sacrifice right now.
Less True – 1 2 3 4 5 – More True
The fact that I have not been able to exercise or do recreational activities lately has been causing me distress.
Less True – 1 2 3 4 5 – More True
I am not happy about the huge investment that my career or another aspect of my life has been lately.
Less True – 1 2 3 4 5 – More True
When I become stressed, I get a short fuse. I either yell at people when I’m driving, am short with salespeople, or argue with colleagues at work.
Less True – 1 2 3 4 5 – More True
I know that I need to relax, and sometimes I try to, but I find that I do not know how to unwind.
Less True – 1 2 3 4 5 – More True
I commonly have thoughts like, “If only I could win the lottery or make it big, I would not be working so hard.
Less True – 1 2 3 4 5 – More True
I find that I get frustrated often because I am not able to spend time with my family/friends or have some time for myself.
Less True – 1 2 3 4 5 – More True
On a typical day, I have several thoughts such as “I do not even have an idea where to start with all the things I need to do.”
Less True – 1 2 3 4 5 – More True
I do not have a number of ideas of activities which are soothing, enjoyable, or sociable for me.
Less True – 1 2 3 4 5 – More True
At least two people have told me lately that I have been complaining a lot about the lack of balance in my life.
Less True – 1 2 3 4 5 – More True
I do not feel in control of my life or future.
Less True – 1 2 3 4 5 – More True
I am not good at prioritizing tasks and I often feel like I need to do everything right away.
Less True – 1 2 3 4 5 – More True
When I feel stressed, I tell myself that I should get more sleep, but am often not able to.
Less True – 1 2 3 4 5 – More True
I avoid talking with people about all that I need to do because I am so behind that I think it would be pointless to get into it.
Less True – 1 2 3 4 5 – More True
I am not really sure what my priorities are right now, so I find myself trying to do too much.
Less True – 1 2 3 4 5 – More True
When there is too much to do, I let things pile up. The laundry piles up, papers on my desk stack up, or phone calls to return collect on my desk.
Less True – 1 2 3 4 5 – More True
I sometimes find it hard to get the energy to get going since I do not want to do the things I need to do.
Less True – 1 2 3 4 5 – More True
I feel that I am doing many things because I have to, not because I want to. This idea often upsets me.
Less True – 1 2 3 4 5 – More True
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Disclaimer: This assessment is not intended to provide a psychological or psychiatric diagnosis and your completion of the test does not indicate a professional counseling or coaching relationship with the creators or administrators of the test.
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