Personal Sustainability Index (online assessment)
Are you struggling to manage stress and overwhelm in your life?
How are you getting renewed and replenished?
Introducing a self-guided tool that will help you take stock of the sources of stress in your life and identify ways to foster balance and restoration. Backed by decades of research on stress and renewal, Richard Boyatzis and Daniel Goleman’s Personal Sustainability Index (PSI) is now available to everyone.
What is the Personal Sustainability Index?
Through a series of reflective questions, the Personal Sustainability Index (PSI) assessment identifies the primary sources of stress and renewal in your life. Taking a look at how much and how often you engage in each type of activity, you’ll gain a holistic picture of your own stress/renewal balance.
How does life change when we infuse our lives with sources of renewal? As PSI co-creator Richard Boyatzis puts it: We can think again, love again, and can do all the things that make life worth living.
The Personal Sustainability Index is:
- Based on decades of science-based research
- Expertly crafted by renowned Emotional Intelligence researchers
- Focused on lifestyle, daily activities, and long-term stress, not just acute stress events
- Your own self-reflective tool to help you ameliorate the impacts of chronic stress
- Relevant and reusable for years of life-improving personal and organizational work.
Take the PSI now for just $10.00
How can I use the PSI?
In organizations, leaders and human resource professionals can take the pulse of their workplace culture to understand the stress levels in their work community and make changes to support colleagues.
As an individual, consider the PSI assessment an addition to your self-care toolbox to help build a healthy, fulfilling lifestyle.
In families and social groups, community members can use PSI to connect with one another and spark creative ideas for renewal (in fact, having a meaningful conversation with someone we care about is renewal activity itself!).
Teachers can engage students with PSI as a learning tool to support stress management, social connection, and emotional intelligence skills.
Stress takes an enormous toll on our bodies and our minds.
Even before the global pandemic shocked our world with ever-changing acute stress experiences, most of us felt the burden of chronic stress. Science is showing us just how devastating chronic stress is for our bodies, minds, and emotional balance.
Stress relief and renewal activities can heal our frazzled nervous systems.
Here’s the great news: Renewal activities can reverse the damage done by stress. A term coined by Boyatzis and Goleman, renewal can look as simple as relaxing, laughing, or spending time with loved ones, but the benefits are much deeper. Renewal heals the body and bolsters the spirit.
What will the PSI show me?
Through the PSI assessment, you’ll take note of how much and how often stress impacts you—day-to-day and long-term.
The PSI assessment will:
- Give you a holistic picture of how you engage with stressors and renewals
- Show you what kind of stressors are most frequently impacting you
- Illuminate the types of renewal activities that most support you
- Uncover opportunities to integrate more restoration into your life
- Help you orient toward a healthy balance of stress and renewal.
What does renewal look like?
Despite how good renewal feels, stress can keep us so frazzled that we might have trouble noticing (and savoring) a positive experience.
Renewal is different for everyone—just like stressors. For you, renewal may be found in a meaningful conversation with a friend or while snuggling an animal companion. Time in nature, deep breathing, laughing, yoga, tai chi, acts of service, meditation, and moderate physical activity are all renewal activities.
Stress activates our sympathetic nervous system, the responses that keep us alive.
Renewal activates the parasympathetic nervous system, prompting our body to release healing, feel-good hormones that help us feel more creative, loving, perceptive, and open-minded.
Stress degenerates our brain tissue, shrinks parts of our brain used for working memory, and weakens our immune system.
Renewal supports tissue regeneration, lowers our heart rate, and bolsters our immune health.
Stress feels like energy is getting drained from us.
Renewal buoys us with energy and hope.