Symptoms of excess stress
If you are suffering from high stress levels, you may feel tense or anxious, have headaches, stomach complaints or even symptoms that mimic illnesses. Long-term exposure to stress can also lead to mental health problems such as depression and anxiety.
Sometimes, it’s easier to recognize stress in others than in yourself. You may have learned to endure rather than overcome emotional chaos caused by stress. Problems may be difficult to recognize because they have become so familiar. That can make your daily life miserable and negatively impact your physical health, sometimes drastically. Yet you may not be aware or willing to admit that you are under stress.
Assess your stress management skills with this 5 minute quiz.
What your score means
1-6: You have few hassles, and generally lead a low-stress life. That’s great! But, don’t spend so much energy avoiding problems that you shy away from challenges.
7-13: You’ve got a handle on your life. Though you’re in good control, try to improve choices and habits that might still cause some unnecessary stress. You’ll find useful advice in this booklet.
14-20: Warning: You’re in the danger zone! Even now you’re probably suffering stress-related symptoms. Take time out every day to look at choices you’ve made and reflect on outcomes. The suggestions in this booklet will enable you to take better control of your life.
above 20: Stop. Re-think. Change your lifestyle. Improve your diet. Make physical activity a regular routine, and above all, try to find ways to relax. Is it running? Knitting? Spending time with your kids? Try to positively alter your attitudes. Use this booklet to help guide you to live a healthier, happier life. You may also wish to speak to your healthcare provider for some additional help.
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