Greenacres Social Readjustment Rating Scale Discussions
After doing the Social Readjustment Rating Scale (SRSS), I learned that I fall under the category of “Major life crisis”. I am very aware that I am stressed but I did not recognize how much stress I have been building up with in the last year. I learned that I have an 80 percent chance of illness and most definitely should find ways to cope with stress. My stress comes from all over the place. They range from financial issues to multiple recent deaths in the family, College work, and even a marriage separation. The hassle of my job and constantly having to fix others’ mistakes and having two ladies on maternity leave just add to my already full plate. I try different ways to cope with stress. These include meditating, working out, and worshiping, just to name my top 3. As we read in the book, “if your stress level is too high, an adjustment in your activity or lifestyle may be needed.” (Coon, et al, 2022) Meditating and working out have helped me a lot with stress. When I feel at my highest, I tend to go harder in the gym and leave the stress there. Also, meditation helps me really calm down and release all the negative and fill up with positive energy. It really depends on my stress level whether I want to burn it out at the gym or breathe it out with meditation and yoga. I am a strong believer in God and when I feel like throwing in the towel, I love worshiping with my children and singing “god songs” as they would say. Clearing my head of stress helps me academically achieve much more. I am able to read and absorb and be more “on top” of myself and my classwork. Always keep in mind stress is temporary.
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Coon, D., Mitterer, J.O., & Martini, T. (2022). Introduction to psychology: Gateways to mind and behavior (16th ed.). Cengage Learning
According to the Social Readjustment Rating Scale, I scored at 388, which tells me I am highly stressed and have a higher chance of developing a Stress Related Disorder. I can see this, and I acknowledge that. These past years have been incredibly challenging. While writing this, I have looked at myself in the mirror and I have a lot of mental work to do on myself.
Some of the things that came up were, Minor violations of the law, change in sleeping habits, change in eating habits, change in number of arguments with spouse, and gaining a new family member. Some of those things are not so bad, and others are. Like I mentioned above, I acknowledge them and plan to seek professional help. Some of the things I realize I can control on my own, such as violations with the law, I got a couple of speeding tickets, and changes in eating habits.
I plan to take care of myself much better the I have before. I’m that person who everyone runs to for help, and at the end of the day if I need help, who can I run too? This is something I am constantly working on. I feel as if I am blessed so let me bless others, But I have learned the difference in blessing others and being taken of granted. I have started to read more. Take at least 30 minutes to an hour to read and relax myself, with a glass of wine to help.
My life is unconventional, I am a stepmom and a Nana. My life has changed substantially in the past years. In order for me to be great for them, I must take care of me. Being their stepmother and Nana has gave me a whole new purpose in life and I want to be able to give then all of me without any interruptions. By looking for professional help, this will also make me a better student.
- Coon, D., Mitterer, J.O., & Martini, T. (2022). Introduction to psychology: Gateways to mind and behavior (16th ed.). Cengage Learning.