This is a tricky subject since we are all so much different. One person can handle many stressors at the same time while another person has a hard time with just a couple or even one. Testing stress is still possible although it is hard to do accurately. Some stress test are out there like the Trier Social Stress Test which tried to single out effects of your personality in relation to dealing with stress. They do this in a lab however, so it really isn’t accessible to the general public.test-stress

There are test administered by psychologist called burn out tests. These tests of stress measure how close you are to being burnt out. They are usually used in combination with what is simply called stress tests; which will help you find all of the stress causing events and stimulus in your life. Combining these stress tests helps to get a better idea of how much more stress a person is able to take before they experience cognitive exhaustion (as defined in a previous article).

So there really aren’t a lot of great options to test stress. The best option in my opinion would be detailed self reflection. Consider writing a journal day to day. This is a great way to reflect on how you are feeling and what is causing you to feel this way. You can test your stress easier than anyone else can and I believe if done correctly it can be more effective. Come up with your own ideas on how you would best measure your stress. Think about your day as it happens and sum it up on paper. Reflect on this and gather a more detailed idea of the levels of your stress on a day to day basis. These are steps you can take for a happier tomorrow!