What is the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS)?
The PSS is the most widely used psychological instrument for measuring the perception of stress. It is a measure of the degree to which situations in one's life are appraised as stressful.
What is the Generalized Anxiety Disorder 7 (GAD-7)?
The GAD-7 is a measure that serves to screen/identify people who are likely to be experiencing Generalized Anxiety Disorder, but also is a screening measure for panic, social anxiety and PTSD. It is the most widely and commonly used screening tool for Anxiety Disorders since its creation in 2006 (Spitzer, Kroenke, Williams, & Lowe, 2006).
Where is my data going/who will see it?
My stress levels are incredibly high. What should I do?
A high PSS score suggests that you are a great fit for the Headspace program. Heightened perceptions of stress may be interfering with your daily routine; practicing mindfulness with Headspace is a simple strategy proven to reduce perceptions of stress.
My stress levels are low. What should I do?
A low PSS score suggests low-stress concerns over the past 30 days. Stress is an inevitable part of life. The frequency and duration of stress, however, as well as the return to a non-stressed state all have significant effects on our overall health and well-being. Regularly practicing mindfulness and meditation can prevent stress from occurring, can lengthen the duration of positive states, and can speed up returns to non-stressed states.
How should I interpret my anxiety scores?
While it can be tempting to focus on the results of a measure like this, you can make sense of these results in reflecting on your behaviors across the last few weeks. The feelings we associate with anxiety are not inherently bad, they are meaningful signals that can help guide our responses to situations and events. Does your score today communicate anything to you about your actions over the last two weeks?
Which behaviors do you think influenced the way you responded today? Are there any changes you’ve made that you would like to keep up with, what about anything you weren’t able to accomplish but believe would impact your responses next time?
Regardless of your score, take this opportunity to decide if you want to make adjustments to your goals, plans, or behaviors to keep you on the right track.
Do I have to do a check-in every time?
We encourage our members to take the time each cycle to check in with themselves and reflect on how they’re doing. However, members can always choose to skip.
What if I don’t complete the entire check-in once I start it?
Members have the option to leave the assessment by tapping an ‘x’ at the top of their screens. No data will be recorded if they do.
When do check-ins become available each month?
Each new check-in will become available on the 1st day of the month for stress and available on the 1st and 15th day of the month for anxiety.
I don’t see the feature. What can I do?
This feature is currently available for:
- All users
- Headspace for Work: Make sure your Headspace account is linked to the organization (you have gone through the enrollment flow for your org).
Make sure you’re on the latest version of the mobile app.
Note that this feature is only available on our mobile platforms.
Need more help? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.