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Are you chilled out or burned out? Rate your stress levels here

See how you compare to other readers in The Health Check with Irish Life Health.

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HOW’S YOUR HEART rate right now? Anything cause you to sweat this morning? Stress is a growing concern worldwide – within the European Union, overall work-related stress is now believed to affect one third of the workforce

And within Ireland, the situation is similar. The Economic Social and Research Institute found that in the last decade, Ireland “has experienced one of the sharpest increases” in job stress, doubling from 8% to 17%.

On the plus side, we report higher-than-average levels of support from co-workers and management than our European counterparts. And outside work, there is, thankfully stress-specific help at hand (find your nearest support here).

A few months ago, we launched The Health Check with Irish Life Health to get a sense of how you felt about your fitness, your diet and your sleep. And this week, we want to hear about what’s been stressing you out, and how you deal with it.

So, do you worry about financial woes, does your family stress you out, or is it your job that causes you to sweat? Do you prefer hitting the treadmill to tackle it or unwinding with a meditation app? Tell us about your stress by rating the questions below…

TELL US

 

On a scale of 1-10, how stressed do you feel in general?

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BE HONEST

How much do you feel that stress impacts on your overall health, 10 being a lot?

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LEVEL UP

How much of a priority is it for you to manage your stress levels, 10 being very important?

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LOVE LOST

According to Psychology Today, stress can cause you to be more likely to to react badly towards loved ones. How much does stress impact the way you treat those around you?

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In order to minimise your stress levels, it’s important that you understand what’s causing your cortisol to climb in the first place. Studies around the world have identified that work, money and family can be massive contributors. So, what keeps you awake at night?

WORK WORRY

Research by the ERSI found that job stress in Ireland has doubled since 2015. How much does your job impact on your stress levels, 10 being a lot?

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FINANCE FEARS

Research commissioned by Saint Vincent de Paul cites housing costs as the most common source of financial strain. How much does money impact on your stress, 10 being a lot?

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ALL RELATIVE

January can be a time to assess the relationships in your life. How much does your family life contribute to your stress levels, 10 being a lot?

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Fortunately, we now know a lot about the simple things that we can do to calm down our brains and bodies. From boosting your endorphins with a workout to taking some time out to meditate, how do you lower your adrenaline at the end of a particularly stressful day?

SWEAT IT

The Irish Heart Foundation cite exercise as one of the best ways to tackle stress. How likely are you to use it to tackle stress, 10 being very likely?

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SEEK SUPPORT

How likely would you be to seek the help of a professional (doctor, counsellor) to help you handle your stress levels, 10 being very likely?

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HELP TO HAND

In recent years, the popularity of apps such as HeadSpace have risen dramatically. How likely would you be to use technology to manage your stress?

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Read more from The Health Check:
Fighting a yawn or feeling refreshed? Rate your sleep here

Five-a-day or five takeaways a week? Rate your diet here

Smashing your PB or just catching your breath? Rate your fitness here 

Over the next few months as part of The Health Check, we’ll be capturing a snapshot of our health as a nation with Irish Life Health. We’ll be compiling anonymous, real-time ratings and talking to experts about the results and what they mean for our health. We know Irish Life. We are Irish Life Health.

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