“Excessive stress, the road to unhappiness.”

David Bardsley

Stress Live. Live More !

Seminar & Workplace Health & Wellness with David Bardsley

Stress, the road most travelled

Stress, the road most travelled

Available in 1, 2 & 3 hour formats

This presentation will break down the various components of stress. According to David, without acute stress humans would never have survived and evolved as the planet’s dominant species. Chronic stress, however, is for the most part a 20th century condition that is ultimately responsible for many modern-day health problems.

Value to Attendees:

Attendees will leave with a clear understanding of exactly how stress robs us of our mental, physical and emotional health. They will learn the physiology of stress, how to recognize the symptoms and what self-directed laboratory tests are beneficial. They will leave with a five step action plan which they can implement immediately to reduce the toxic effects so they can, Stress Less - Live More.


STRESS TESTS ARE UNDER CONSTRUCTION : we are getting this ready for you to take the stress test, bear with us !

Test 1

Stress Test 2

Stress Test 3Instructions: Read each statement and then circle the number to the right of it which you think best characterizes yourself and your behavior at the present time. There are no right or wrong answers. Try not to spend too much time over each answer. 1 Not at all 2 Slightly 3 Moderately 4 Very Much 12WILCHER STRESS TEST 1. I often lose my appetite or eat when I am not hungry. 1 2 3 4 2. My decisions tend to be more impulsive than planned; I tend to feel unsure about my choices and change my mind often. 1 2 3 4 3. The muscles of my neck, back, or stomach frequently get tense. 1 2 3 4 4. I have thoughts and feelings about my problems that run through my mind for much of the time. 1 2 3 4 5. I have a hard time getting to sleep, wake up often or feel tired. 1 2 3 4 6. I feel the urge to cry or to escape and get away from my problems. 1 2 3 4 7. I tend to let anger build up and then explosively release my temper in some aggressive or destructive act. 1 2 3 4 8. I have nervous habits (tapping my fingers, shaking my leg, pulling my hair, scratching, wringing my hands, etc. 1 2 3 4 9. I often feel fatigued, even when I have not been doing hard physical labor. 1 2 3 4 10. I have regular problems with constipation, diarrhea, upset stomach, or nausea. 1 2 3 4 11. I tend to not meet my expectations, either because they are unrealistic or I have taken on more of a burden than I can handle. 1 2 3 4 12. I periodically lose interest in sex. 1 2 3 4 13WILCHER STRESS TEST 13. My anger gets aroused easily. 1 2 3 4 14. I often have bad, unhappy dreams or nightmares. 1 2 3 4 15. I tend to spend a great deal of time worrying about things. 1 2 3 4 16. My use of alcohol, coffee, drugs or tobacco has increased. 1 2 3 4 17. I feel anxious, often without any reason that I can identify. 1 2 3 4 18. In conversation, my speech tends to be weak, rapid, broken or tense. 1 2 3 4 19. I tend to be short tempered and irritable with people. 1 2 3 4 20. Delays, even ordinary ones, make me fiercely impatient. 1 2 3 4 Scoring the Stress Self-Evaluator Add up all of the numbers that you have circled. 20 - 30, you are virtually without stress or may have misunderstood some of the questions. 30 - 40 indicates a low degree of stress. 41 - 60 indicates a moderate degree of stress. 61 - 80 indicates a high degree of stress. 14STRESS INDEX Canadian Mental Health Association Do you frequently neglect your diet? Y N Try to do everything yourself? Y N Blow up easily? Y N Seek unrealistic goals? Y N Fail to see the humour in situations others find funny? Y N Act rude? Y N Make a ‘big deal’ of everything? Y N Look to other people to make things happen? Y N Have difficulty making decisions? Y N Complain you are disorganized? Y N Avoid people whose ideas are different from your own? Y N Keep everything inside? Y N 15STRESS INDEX Neglect exercise? Y N Use sleeping pills and tranquilizers without a doctor’s approval? Y N Have few supportive relationships? Y N Get too little rest? Y N Get angry when you are kept waiting? Y N Ignore stress symptoms? Y N Put things off until later? Y N Think there is only one right way to do something? Y N Fail to build relaxation time into your day? Y N Gossip? Y N Race through the day? Y N Spend a lot of time complaining about the past? Y N Fail to get a break from noise and crowds? Y N 16Add up the number of YES responses. Score 1 to 6 There are few hassles in your life. Make sure you are not trying so hard to avoid problems that you shy away from challenges. 7 to 13 You have your life in fairly good control. Work on the choices and habits that could still be causing you some unnecessary stress. 14 to 20 You are approaching the danger zone. You may well be suffering stress related symptoms and your relationships could be strained. Think carefully about choices you have made and take relaxation breaks every day. 21 to 25 Emergency! You must stop now, rethink how you are living, change your attitudes and pay careful attention to diet, relaxation and exercise. 17DEPRESSION INDEX 1. I do things slowly. 0 Not at all 1 Just a little 2 Somewhat 3 Moderately 4 Quite a lot 5 Very much 2. My future seems hopeless. 0 Not at all 1 Just a little 2 Somewhat 3 Moderate 4 Quite a lot 5 Very much 3. It is hard for me to concentrate on reading. 0 Not at all 1 Just a little 2 Somewhat 3 Moderately 4 Quite a lot 5 Very much 4. The pleasure and joy has gone out of my life. 0 Not at all 1 Just a little 2 Somewhat 3 Moderately 4 Quite a lot 5 Very much 18DEPRESSION INDEX 5. I have difficulty making decisions. 0 Not at all 1 Just a little 2 Somewhat 3 Moderately 4 Quite a lot 5 Very much 6. I have lost interest in aspects of my life that used to be important to me. 0 Not at all 1 Just a little 2 Somewhat 3 Moderately 4 Quite a lot 5 Very much 7. I feel sad, blue, and unhappy. 0 Not at all 1 Just a little 2 Somewhat 3 Moderately 4 Quite a lot 5 Very much 8. I am agitated and keep moving around. 0 Not at all 1 Just a little 2 Somewhat 3 Moderately 4 Quite a lot 5 Very much 19DEPRESSION INDEX 9. I feel fatigued. 0 Not at all 1 Just a little 2 Somewhat 3 Moderately 4 Quite a lot 5 Very much 10. It takes great effort for me to do simple things. 0 Not at all 1 Just a little 2 Somewhat 3 Moderately 4 Quite a lot 5 Very much 11. I feel that I am a guilty person who deserves to be punished. 0 Not at all 1 Just a little 2 Somewhat 3 Moderately 4 Quite a lot 5 Very much 12. I feel like a failure. 0 Not at all 1 Just a little 2 Somewhat 3 Moderately 4 Quite a lot 5 Very much 20DEPRESSION INDEX 13. I feel lifeless more dead than alive. 0 Not at all 1 Just a little 2 Somewhat 3 Moderately 4 Quite a lot 5 Very much 14. I’m getting too much, too little or not enough restful sleep. 0 Not at all 1 Just a little 2 Somewhat 3 Moderately 4 Quite a lot 5 Very much 15. I spend time thinking about HOW I might kill myself. 0 Not at all 1 Just a little 2 Somewhat 3 Moderately 4 Quite a lot 5 Very much 16. I feel trapped or caught. 0 Not at all 1 Just a little 2 Somewhat 3 Moderately 4 Quite a lot 5 Very much RANGE 0-9: No Depression Likely 10-17: Possibly Mildly Depressed 18-21: Borderline Depression 22-35: Mild-Moderate Depression 36-53: Moderate-Severe Depression 54 and up, Severely Depressed 2