Stress Test

The Miller-Smith Lifestyle Assessment Inventory

Read each item carefully, and then give it a rating from 1 to 5, depending on how often that item applies to you now. There are no right or wrong answers. The more accurately you answer, the better you will identify ways you can manage your stress better.



To get your score on this test, add up the figures you have given. First, you can obtain a general indication of how much your lifestyle is making you vulnerable to distress, according to this scale:

Score indicates

Less than 50: Low vulnerability

50 - 70: Vulnerable to distress

70 - 95: Seriously vulnerable

More than 95: Extremely vulnerable

To reverse the stress cycle, an activity such as TAI CHI can be a way to take control and place limits on the way the body deals with the pressures of your lifestyle. Having learnt a basic Tai Chi form, the practice of it produces a meditation state, this disciplined physical and mental activity results in physical fitness as well as a greater tolerance to stress.

The following list has been collected to detail the positive effects of Tai Chi:

  • Boosting of the immune systems of the body
  • Lowering of blood lactate levels in the body. These chemicals when present can contribute to anxiety attacks.
  • Lowering of blood pressure
  • Greater creative capacity and mental energy
  • Improved muscle efficiency, body tone and body posture
  • Maintained reflexes and neuronal efficiency (these decline with disuse)
  • Greater self esteem, and generosity as a personality trait
  • Greater production of anti stress hormones (ACTH)
  • Increased endorphin production (the make you feel good chemical)
  • Increased sense of calmness
  • Sense of belongingness (group membership)
  • Improved bodily functions
  • Improved mental alertness and concentration
  • Endocrine hormonal balance, limiting cardiac and hypertension consequences Regular practice of TAI CHI has an enduring benefit to both the physical and psychological tolerance of stress.