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This Cohen Perceived Stress Scale is one of the most widely used psychological instruments for measuring the perception of stress. Below, you’ll be given a series of questions (just ten in total) that are designed to measure the degree to which you find various situations in your life stressful. You’ll be asked how often you felt or thought a certain way. Most people find the best approach is to answer the questions fairly quickly without thinking about your previous answer – some of the questions feel quite similar but they’re designed to give a true reflection on your perceived stress levels. After you’ve completed it, you’ll be given a percentage stress rating, followed by guidance on how to manage your stress levels. And, as always if your feeling overwhelmed by stress, we are always here to talk to so give us a call on 0808 801 0808


Firstly, joking aside, don’t stress if you got a high stress rating. The good news is, stress is manageable and you’re in the right place to get some good advice, so stick around to explore all the helpful guidance we have.

Understanding stress, it’s causes and effects is a good place to start. And if you’re looking for simple ways to help, 21 things to help manage stress and build resilience offers up some brilliant tips. But what if your stress feels like it’s creeping out of control? You may find our guide to understanding burnout useful, which includes an easy-to-follow video from Retail Trust’s wonderful wellbeing training leader, Andrea Woodside on burnout.

And, as always, we’re here for you, so call our 24-hour helpline on 0808 801 0808 or contact the team for totally confidential support.