In 1967, psychiatrists Thomas Holmes and Richard Rahe decided to study whether or not stress contributes to illness. They surveyed more than 5,000 medical patients and asked them to say whether they had experience any of a series of 43 life events in the previous two years.

Each event, called a Life Change Unit (LCU), had a different “weight” for stress. The more events the patient added up, the higher the score. The higher the score, and the larger the weight of each event, the more likely the patient was to become ill.

Stress that continues without relief can lead to physical symptoms including headaches, stomach problems, chest pains, high blood pressure and sleeping problems. Research shows that it can make certain symptoms or diseases worse. If you have a moderate to high level of Stress then it’s time to make some different choices to prevent hassles, frustrations or overwhelm causing your body to lose energy and become ill.

Take the simple stress test online to see where your stress is at.

Dr John shares why you need to test your stress