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QUIZ: How Good Are You At Handling Stress?

Are you prone to an occasional explosion, or does nothing faze you?

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Stress has a presence in most of our lives, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Moderate amounts of stress can be beneficial for the body and brain, boosting alertness, focus and even memory recall.

Of course, many of the benefits lie in our ability to manage stress correctly. When handled smartly, stress can be our ally. If we let it overwhelm us, it can have any number of negative effects, from sleeplessness to heart disease.

So how good are you at identifying your stressors and managing your overall stress levels? Take our quiz to find out…

1. How busy are you on an average day?
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Extremely busy
Things start off busy but tend to calm down

It really depends on the day
I'm rarely busy
2. When you're stressed, do you have someone you can turn to for support or a chat?
3. You have 15 minutes of free time before a job interview. What do you do to calm your nerves?
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Scroll through Instagram or Twitter
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Get some fresh air

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Find somewhere quiet to clear my head
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Call or message a friend for a chat
4. When you're feeling overwhelmed by a particular task, what do you do?
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Step back, take a break and return to it later
Try to break it down into smaller tasks

Vent to a friend or colleague
Get angry at myself for not coping better
5. It's been a really tough day. What do you have for dinner?
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Takeaway pizza
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Toast

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A nourishing homemade soup
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I'm too wound up to eat
6. Where would we find you after a hectic day?
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At home in my PJs
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In a bar

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The gym
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Out for a walk
7. It's lights out. How much sleep do you usually get?
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My full eight hours
I usually manage six or seven hours

I'm a bad sleeper, so not much
8. How do you usually feel when you wake up?
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Refreshed and ready for the day
Groggy and exhausted

Anxious about everything I have to do
Answer all the questions to see your result!
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You scored out of !
You're a pro at handling stress
Nothing ruffles your feathers and you're generally pretty calm. Stress can manifest itself in more ways than one, though, so you might be suffering the symptoms without even realising. Read on for one way to stay on top of your stress levels, no matter what life throws at you...
Share your result:
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You scored out of !
You're fairly good at handling stress
You're usually calm and collected, but sometimes stress gets the better of you. Everyone reacts to overwhelming situations differently, and you're not alone. Read on for one way to stay on top of your stress levels, no matter what life throws at you...
Share your result:
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You scored out of !
You could be better at handling stress
You're easily stressed, although you don't always let it show. Everyone reacts to overwhelming situations differently, and you're not alone. Read on for one way to stay on top of your stress levels, no matter what life throws at you...
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