Quiz: What’s Your Stress Type?

Take this quiz to find your unique stress type and get targeted solutions designed to help you relax.

Quiz: What’s Your Stress Type?

Not all stress is created equal. The things that trigger your anxiety might not worry your friends or family. Take this quiz to find your unique stress type and get targeted solutions designed to help you relax.

Which best describes your mental state when you’re stressed?
A. Irritable or emotional
B. Unable to relax
C. Suddenly fearful


Describe your eating habits when you’re stressed:
A. Eating habits don’t change
B. Difficult to eat
C. You overeat

In general, are you more likely to:
A. Have trouble focusing
B. Have trouble sitting still
C. Have trouble multitasking

Are you more prone to:
A. Colds
B. Headaches
C. Muscle pain

Mostly As: “Dash and Crash” Stress Type
You’re a high achiever fueled by stress. It keeps you focused and running, but once the stress is reduced or eliminated, you crash. You likely multitask like crazy during the week, but on the weekends, find yourself passed out on the couch.

Prevent burnout by prioritizing. Spend five minutes every morning making a list of everything you want to accomplish. Label each item a “high,” “medium” or “low” priority. Resist the temptation to make every item a “high” priority – all that accomplishes is overexertion. Ideally, you’re list should never have more than three “high” priority items at a time.

Also, consider writing this list by hand. Physically crossing items off of your list as you accomplish them will help reinforce the progress you’re making.

Mostly Bs: “Constant Overdrive” Stress Type

You have a difficult time relaxing because even though you’re very logical, you’re always in your head. Your fight-or-flight response is easily triggered and doesn’t shut off. It’s common for people with this stress type to be habitually anxious and have trouble falling asleep. You often operate with blinders on, powering through tough times – you have a hard time connecting to and feeling your emotions.

Often you don't see anxiety coming because you’ve been avoiding the feeling for so long. It’s important for you to face that anxiety and express how you are feeling. People with this stress type are the most likely to benefit from talk therapy. If you aren’t ready to see a professional, start by having a five-minute conversation with someone you trust every day.

Mostly Cs: “Zero to 60” Stress Type
You aren’t one for multitasking and are likely to describe yourself as “exhausted” or “drained.” From the outside you seem calm and collected but the reality is you’re paralyzed by even a little bit of stress. You become fearful and anxious, struggling to find a way to move forward.

If you are feeling paralyzed by stress, try lying face down on the floor in plank position, breathing slowly and deeply with palms down for five minutes. It’s the "fake it 'til you make it" approach to relaxing: this action sends the message to your brain that you’re relaxed, which in turn relaxes your body.

Exactly How to De-Escalate Aggression From a Stranger

Follow security Expert Bill Staton's important advice to keep yourself safe.

Have you ever had a tense interaction with a stranger in public? Perhaps your shopping carts accidentally knocked into each other or there was a misunderstanding in communication and the other person gets angry. You may wonder how you can de-escalate the aggression and exit the situation safely. So security expert Bill Stanton has your go-to advice for staying alert and protecting yourself in the face of verbal aggression and physical attacks.

THE INITIAL INTERACTION

Bill Stanton: "It always starts with something small, like someone being too close to you, or even more common, you get bumped by a shopping cart. You want to look at their eyes first -it may reveal emotional changes. But you can't rely on just that. Look at what their trunk is doing; a person's torso will reveal their intent. Body language like raising hands, heightened expression, tense shoulders — these are natural responses to a person who is feeling threatened and will escalate. They may begin to zero in on the space between you and them, and their voice will get louder and louder. You want to read this before it gets further and becomes explosive."

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