A timely t est

Activated - - NEWS - Sa­muel Keat­ing Ex­ec­u­tive Edi­tor

If you were to ask, I would have de­scribed my­self as a fairly easy­go­ing per­son­al­ity. I don’t get ruf­fled too eas­ily and I don’t get (too) up­set when things go wrong. When I first read David’s ar­ti­cle (on pp. 4–5 of this is­sue), where he de­scribes him­self as an un­re­pen­tant wor­rier, I pic­tured my­self brush­ing aside and for­get­ting my wor­ries, and men­tally pat­ted my­self on the back. Yep, I must be stress free! I’d have con­fi­dently told you.

But then I took an on­line stress di­ag­no­sis. I usu­ally don’t bother with th­ese types of tests, but this time, some friends had rec­om­mended it, and it seemed to be hosted on a rep­utable site, so I thought I’d give it a go. It also seemed like per­fect tim­ing, since I was work­ing on this Ac­ti­vated is­sue de­voted to stress re­lief.

I went into it gamely ad­mit­ting to my­self that I was un­der a bit more pres­sure than usual and that I should ex­pect that to be re­flected in my re­sults, but af­ter an­swer­ing the se­ries of ques­tions, I was shocked—even ac­count­ing for those fac­tors, my score was much higher than I thought it would be. (Self­aware­ness might be some­thing else I need to grow in.) The site’s ver­dict: “You need to man­age your stress ur­gently!”

1 In the end, it turns out this was per­fect tim­ing—not just as help for my work on this Ac­ti­vated is­sue, but so that rather than only pass on the ad­vice and so­lu­tions, I could take them to heart for my­self.

I think a good start will be to more con­sciously do as English cler­gy­man Joseph Hall2 wrote: “I will cast all my cares on God. They can­not bur­den Him.” A sim­ple but elo­quent state­ment and good ad­vice to put into prac­tice.

1. You can test your­self here: http://www.elibay.com/stresssys­tem­stest.html

2. 1574–1656

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