Take the stress stopper quiz
Test your know-how on de-stressing.
What is stress?
Stress is how your body reacts when you’re in danger or think you’re in danger. It can also be triggered when you’re facing a long-term challenge.
When you’re stressed, your body pumps out chemicals called hormones. They give you a burst of energy that helps you cope. That’s good in the moment. But over time, this can cause health problems.
You can beat stress. It’s not easy, but it’s simple. You need to figure out:
- What stresses you
- How to lower your stress
How much do you know about yourself and stress? Take our quiz and find out.
Your stress stopper quiz
Below are some statements about stress, answer true or false for each one.
False. There are many kinds of stress. It can be slight and over in a minute. It can also be more extreme and last for a long time. Long-lasting stress can cause serious damage.OR
False. Sometimes stress is helpful. Here’s an example. You’re driving, and a car pulls out in front of you. Stress jolts you into action. You hit the brakes so you don't have an accident.OR
True. Stress can show up in different ways. You may feel:
- Likely to cry
You might also have problems with:
- Headaches, back pain or upset stomach
- Eating too much or too little. Or eating junk food
- Acne, rashes or other skin problems
- Lack of energy
- Loss of interest in sex
- Using drugs or alcohol to numb the pain
- Keeping up with day-to-day living
- Being social
True. Women are also more likely to be depressed or anxious. Stress can make it worse.OR
False. Drinking alcohol might help you to feel better in the moment. But over time, it can do serious harm. Drugs, smoking and junk food are no better.OR
True. These habits can help you to win the fight against stress:
- Get up and move. Walking and biking are good starters.
- Eat healthy meals.
- Get enough sleep.
- Be careful with caffeine.
- Be social. Reach out to friends or family.
False. Stretching is a great stress-buster. It relaxes muscles and makes you feel less tense. Try yoga. It’s a good way to stretch your whole body.OR
False. In fact, meditation can be very helpful. It can lower blood pressure and help reduce worry. It’s simple to learn, and there are many ways to do it. You can find classes at your local health club or even online.OR
False. Think of deep breathing as your secret weapon against stress. And it’s so easy to do. Try this: breathe in while you count to five. Then breathe out to a count of five. Repeat. When you do this, you send a message to your brain to calm down and relax the body.OR
False. If you’re stressed and it’s getting worse or you just can’t shake it, talk to your doctor. Don’t take it on alone. Get help. Together, you can find ways to beat stress.OR
- Optum Care. Help lower your stress with mindfulness.
- National Institutes of Mental Health. I’m so stressed out! fact sheet.
- U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Stress and your health.
- U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Meditation: In depth.
The information provided is for general informational purposes only and is not intended to be medical advice or a substitute for professional health care. You should consult an appropriate health care professional for your specific needs.