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Stress Busters

Don't let stress get the best of you. Instead, take this quiz to see if you're doing all you can to keep stress in check.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

What are the basic types of stress?

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The correct answer is: The three categories of stress are ongoing low-level stress, nagging unfinished tasks and major life events.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

Which causes more damaging stress?

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The correct answer is: Stress from constant mundane tasks can harm your health more than a one-time incident like a flat tire. Major life events such as death or divorce create the worst type of stress.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

Which gland releases the hormone responsible for stress?

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The correct answer is: The primary stress hormone, cortisol, is released by the adrenal glands.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

How long can the stress of a family death hurt your body?

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The correct answer is: Stress weakens our immune response. The death of a loved one can decrease the number of T cells, a kind of white blood cell that is important for immune defenses, in the blood stream for as long as one year after the event.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

Practicing deep breathing from your abdomen can help ease stress. You can start by taking in a deep breath for 2 seconds. How long should you breathe out?

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The correct answer is: Breathe in for 2 seconds and out for 4 seconds. Repeat this exercise for at least 1 minute until you feel rested.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

Which popular aromatherapy oil is a stress reliever?

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The correct answer is: Dab a few drops of lavender oil at the base of your thumb and neck, between the eyebrows or along the wrist to ease the stress of a hard day.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

True or false: Eating pistachios can cut down on stress.

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The correct answer is: A 2007 Penn State study found that eating a handful of pistachios a day lowers blood pressure, decreasing the effects of stress on your body. In fact, focusing on the act of cracking open a pistachio shell can give you a break from stressful thoughts.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

True or false: Stress causes hair loss.

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The correct answer is: It's true -- when you're under stress, hair can go through the telogen, or fall-out, phase. This phase can last up to three months after a stressful event, but the hair will usually grow back in six to nine months. Talk to your doctor about your hair loss to rule out other medical problems.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

When should you see a therapist to help with your stress?

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The correct answer is: A good rule of thumb: Check with therapist if your stress levels don't improve after one month, or when your behavioral, physical and emotional symptoms of stress begin to affect your everyday life.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

Which of these can help reduce stress?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Foods high in calcium and magnesium such as sesame seeds and kale are great stress reducers. Acai berry juice is infused with B-complex vitamins, which feed and protect the central nervous system.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

What is a destressor you can add to your home?

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The correct answer is: The answer is both. Plants have been shown to decrease infection rates in nursing homes and lower blood pressure, while people who get a pet after a heart attack are less likely to have another heart attack, especially if they walk that pet.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

Which of these juices can relax you?

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The correct answer is: A go-to relaxation beverage that you can find in health food stores and some grocery stores is all-natural Montmorency cherry juice, which offers the highest naturally-occurring form of melatonin that helps with sleep cycles.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

True or false: Smoking relieves stress.

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The correct answer is: The answer is false. Smoking is a misguided stress reliever. When you smoke, you tend to feel better, but the relief is short-lived, and before you know it you'll need another hit. Smoking stresses your body by increasing your heart rate and causing muscle tension, and it stresses your mind as you're constantly looking for a place to light up.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

True or false: Vitamin C helps prevent stress.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps fight cell damage. It can even prevent the stress hormone cortisol from spiking after a stressful event. Add a little vitamin C by eating foods such as kiwi, oranges, sweet potatoes or bell peppers.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

Which organ does chronic stress affect?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Chronic stress affects the brain, the stomach and the heart. It weakens the immune system and increases your risk of heart disease and possibly even cancer.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

How much fish should you eat per week to combat stress?

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The correct answer is: Eat fish such as salmon twice a week to reduce stress. Salmon is high in omega-3 fatty acids, which can prevent stress hormones from surging.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

True or false: Stress causes wrinkles.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Stress is often the beginning of a slippery slope of poor health, leading to a poor diet, less sleep and lack of exercise -- all of which can add up to wrinkles. A healthy diet rich in antioxidants can help keep your skin healthy and well.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

Massaging which body part can help relax all the muscles in the body?

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The correct answer is: Here's how to give yourself an ear massage that can help relax all of the muscles of your face and body: Start by applying light pressure to your earlobes using your thumb and index finger. Rub the earlobes and move up the outer rim to the top of the ear. Apply very gentle pressure and move your way back down.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

Stress increases the risk for…

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The correct answer is: In addition to all of the above, stress can increase the risk for headaches, bowel disorders, high blood pressure, colds and infections, cancer, ulcers and sexual dysfunction.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

How much time should it take you to fall asleep?

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The correct answer is: It's a sign of stress if you can't fall asleep within 30 minutes, or if you're waking up more than once a week in the middle of the night. Try listening to calming music or meditating to ease your stress and fall asleep.

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