The Holmes and Rahe Social Readjustment Rating Scale
When you are working on your personal healing, it is very important to know where you are on the stress scale. If your stress is very high, you will want to take more actions to take better care of yourself while you are going through major change.
Death of spouse
Death of close family member
Personal injury or illness
Fired at work
Change in health of family member
Gain of new family member
Change in financial state
Death of close friend
Change to a different line of work
Change in number of arguments with spouse
A large mortgage or loan
Foreclosure of mortgage or loan
Change in responsibilities at work
Son or daughter leaving home
Trouble with in-laws
Outstanding personal achievement
Spouse begins or stops work
Begin or end school/college
Change in living conditions
Revision of personal habits
Trouble with boss
Change in work hours or conditions
Change in residence
Change in school/college
Change in recreation
Change in church activities
Change in social activities
A moderate loan or mortgage
Change in sleeping habits
Change in number of family get-togethers
Change in eating habits
Minor violations of the law
Note: If you experienced the same event more than once, then to gain a more accurate total, add the score again for each extra occurrence of the event.
You have a high or very high risk of becoming ill in the near future.
You have a moderate to high chance of becoming ill in the near future.
You have only a low to moderate chance of becoming ill in the near future.
This table is taken from “The Social Readjustment Rating Scale”, Thomas H. Holmes and Richard H. Rahe, Journal of Psychosomatic Research, Volume 11, Issue 2, August 1967, Pages 213-218, Copyright © 1967 Published by Elsevier Science Inc.
Sometimes it is very helpful to have a left-brain understanding of what you are actually processing. You can use this scale also to understand your friends and loved ones.
If you are under more stress, that means you will need to take even better care of yourself. As we say in my yoga class, thank God for yoga! I would also thank God for qi gong, meditation, tai chi, my hammock, my dog Belle and days off to rest. Come in for Reiki or reflexology or schedule an appointment for kinesiology or life coaching to clear the emotions behind your stress.