Here are 21 signs of stress. Look through the list to help you uncover areas in your life where stress is stealing the vital energies you need to be a quietly happy, inwardly whole human being. Study the list closely. Ask yourself if the character or daily condition describes you in any way, and if so, then give yourself one point for every “Yes, that’s true about me, or my life” that you find. Honesty is essential.

Guy Finley is the best-selling author of more than 40 works, including The Courage to Be Free, The Secret of Letting Go, and The Essential Laws of Fearless Living. He lives and teaches in Merlin, Oregon where he is Director of non-profit Life of Learning Foundation, www.guyfinley.org . Visit his Beliefnet blog, Letting go with Guy Finley.


Finding fault with others comes easily to you.


You can condemn yourself at the drop of a hat.


Your day is likely to have many minor irritations in it.


Competition of any kind makes you feel alive.


You have a tendency to rush, even when there is no real need for it.


One form or another of some unfinished business is always hanging over your head.


You love being the center of attention, even if it’s just starring in your own mental movies.


Nothing is ever quite good enough for you.


You tend to make mountains out of molehills.


Revisiting past painful moments seems a natural thing to do.


People tend to move too slowly for you.


You rarely see and feel something beautiful at least three times a day.


More events in your life fail to measure up to your expectations than exceed them.


It doesn’t take much for you to feel as though someone has mistreated you.


You are easily shocked or irritated by the inconsideration of others.


Sitting quietly and doing nothing is difficult for you to do.


It’s easy for you to see what’s wrong with everyone else around you.


You tend to always arrive a little bit late for your appointments.


Confusion is your favorite fallback position when things don’t go as planned.


More often than not, you wait until the last moment to do what needs to be done.


There are people in your past that you still blame for the pain you feel now.

Your result is:
As Cool as a Cucumber
You have some stress in your life, but your days are basically bright. Work to stay inwardly awake and aware of how stressful states take shape within you and the self-composed life will continue to be yours… which means: more energy, higher creativity, richer relationships, less doubt, fear and confusion, and a virtually unshakable sense of personal fulfillment -- real success without stress!
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Your result is:
Somewhat Stressed
Stress is manageable, but you often feel like you’re coming unwrapped! Learn to look at all difficult moments as opportunities to come awake to yourself and to practice stepping outside of the circle of stressful thoughts. Work for yourself in this way and be assured: the day will come when your developing awareness will forever shift from the unwanted world of your stressful life to the world of inner light.
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Your result is:
Very Stressed
You are basically addicted to stressful states, and your health is at risk. The good news is that you don’t need new forms of relief from stress, but to be released from the unconscious nature that is secretly creating the stress and blaming it on situations outside of yourself. Rest assured, healing comes in proportion to the amount of inner light brought to bear, and there’s no end to this healing Light!
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