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The Stressful things in life do not include public speaking or being filmed

April 5, 2012

Being filmed for a short video ranks as one of the most stressful things I have done in my life – well is it?

We have all heard that public speaking always ranks high on the list of things that people get stressed about and even try to avoid.

I knew that being filmed was going to be part of the seminar that Bitpod hosted at the Exeter Business Network event on 4th April at Sandy Park – little did I know how nervous I would be and how did this rank on the list of stressful things in life

I carried out some research – well used Google

The following study carried out by Dr Thomas Holmes and Dr Richard Rahe was a real eye opener…..

Life events that occur in our lives such as death of a loved one, pregnancy, divorce or redundancy can lead to an increase in stress, which if left unresolved, could develop into a serious health risk.

Different crises in our lives can result in different impacts. However, in many cases it is possible to anticipate these events and even prepare for them.

The SRRS (Social Readjustment Rating Scale) was created by Dr. Thomas H. Holmes and Dr. Richard H. Rahe. Based on their well known study in 1967 into the effects of life events and the subsequent follow-up studies, the two doctors came up with a chart that lists a total of 43 events that can cause stress. Each of the events are ranked in order of their LCU (Life Change Unit), starting with the most high risk changes down to the lower risk ones.

Although there are many other factors in life that can lead to stress, Holmes and Rahe decided to concentrate on just these common key events.

Their theory suggests that any stressful events could be linked with higher chances of illness developing. 


While this approach is obviously a simplification of complex situations, using the SRRS can provide you with a useful start in adjusting to life-changing events. 

The test works by adding up the LCU points of the events that have happened to you in the last 12 months – this will give you your LCU score. 

The Social Readjustment Rating Scale:

Life Event

LCU

Death of spouse

100

Divorce

73

Marital Separation

65

Prison Term

63

Death of a close family member

63

Personal injury or illness

53

Marriage

50

Being Fired from work

47

Reconciliation with spouse

45

Retirement

45

Change in health of family member

44

Pregnancy

40

Sexual difficulties

39

Addition of family member

39

Major business readjustment

39

Major changes in financial state

38

Death of a close friend

37

Changing to a different line of work

36

Changes in frequency of arguments with spouse

35

Mortgage or loan over £10,000

31

Foreclosure on a mortgage or loan

30

Major change in responsibilities at work

29

Children leaving home

29

Trouble with in-laws

29

Outstanding personal achievement

28

Spouse begins or stops work

26

Starting or ending school

26

Revision of personal habits (dress, manners, associations)

24

Trouble with boss

23

Change in work hours, conditions

20

Change in residence

20

Changes in school

20

Changes in recreational activities

19

Changes in church activities

19

Changes in social activities

18

Mortgage or loan under £10,000

17

Changes in sleeping habits

16

Changes in number of family gatherings

15

Changes in eating habits

15

Going on holiday

13

Christmas

12

Minor violation of the law
Changes in living conditions

25

How many holidays do you take in a year?

Christmas only comes but once a year!

My experience does have one similarity to those in the list – with the support of others we (you) can get through most things in life.

The video will be out soon!

Thank you to

Alex and Angi Wren – Bitpod who set the filming up

Richard Carpenter – Camera

Linda Bennett – Visuals

Danny Frayne – Sound

Alison Jobson – Reflector operator and lighting

Sarah Davey – Clapper Board

Cathy Towers  – posture coach and relaxation

Tom Peters – script – The Little Big Things – Lunch

Alex Wren – Director

Angi Wren – Stills

Julia Bramble – Social Media 

"The crew in action and a relaxed Sean in the hotseat!"

Supporting Cast

Mandy Blackler Casino Select
Laura Hill ExeterGolf & Country Club
Richard Searight 2DAY Microportals Ltd
Christine Steele RevivaUK
Wayne Bennett Herne European Consultancy Ltd
Carley Warren The Passage House Hotel
Sarah Podro The Castle Hotel
Steve Scott Chatting-Scott Partnership
Andy Hilton ExeterExecutive Travel
Michael Green Endorse HR
Chip Tofan Independent Utilities
Dennis Elliott Chocabloc
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