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Looking for ways to ease chronic stress? Take this quiz to test your stress smarts and get simple tips on managing it.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

Which of these can be a cause of stress?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. When you think of stress, you probably think of major life-disrupting events: a job loss, a gravely ill parent or friend, a case of identity theft, a significant financial loss. But minor hassles and annoyances, when taken together, may be the biggest stressor of all.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

Which of these may be a symptom of chronic stress?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Potential signs of chronic stress include constipation, heartburn, loss of libido, headaches, weight gain or loss, skin problems and irritability.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

True or false: Stress can be beneficial.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Stress boosts blood pressure, heart rate, breathing, metabolism and blood flow to the muscles, which helps you think and act quickly and efficiently during demanding tasks. It's when your body is constantly in this heightened state that stress can take a toll on your body.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

True or false: Stress can weaken your immune system.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Several studies have indicated a link between elevated stress levels and weakened immune system function. In fact, long-term, unrelieved stress may depress immune system function so much that the body becomes more vulnerable to colds, flu and other infections.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

True or false: Prolonged stress can cause heart attacks.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Research has also linked excessive stress to chronic illnesses and diseases, including heart disease and cancer.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

What impact does stress have on your physical appearance?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Cortisol, a stress-related hormone, can hinder the production of collagen, which keeps the face plumped and fresh-looking. Cortisol can also stimulate oil production in sebaceous glands, which can lead to acne. Finally, cortisol is also linked to increased cravings, which may lead to weight gain.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

True or false: Stress affects cholesterol levels.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Stress does not specifically affect cholesterol levels. However, stressful events and generalized stress in life can produce lifestyle changes which can ultimately affect cholesterol -- namely binge eating and drinking. Additionally, when people are stressed, they tend to visit the gym less, which means they get less exercise. This may lead to weight gain, which can impact cholesterol levels.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

True or false: Stress has an unintended healthy consequence for diabetes -- it helps lower blood sugar levels.

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The correct answer is: This is false. The hormones released when you're under stress (cortisol and adrenaline) are some of the same hormones your body uses to increase blood sugar. Diabetics should take special care to maintain low stress levels.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

True or false: Stress can increase back pain.

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The correct answer is: This is true. While stress doesn't cause back pain, it does cause muscle tension that can make back pain worse. Also, unchecked stress makes it harder for your body to bounce back from injury.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

What is the first step in managing stress?

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The correct answer is: The first step to managing stress is pinpointing the true culprit. Managing stress levels can decrease a woman's RealAge up to 1.1 years and a man's up to 2.4 years.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

Which of these scents might help soothe stress?

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The correct answer is: Roses, lemons and lavender -- as well as basil, orange, grape and mango -- all contain a special compound called linalool, the scent of which reduces anxiety, research suggests.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

True or false: Humming can help reduce stress.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Humming has been scientifically proven to boost nitric oxide (NO), a body gas that, in small doses, has a stress-reducing effect. Having a backup stress-reduction technique on hand when you can't otherwise destress can make a person's RealAge 6 years younger.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

Which of these nutrients can help reduce the effects of stress on the body?

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The correct answer is: Stress and anxiety are some of today's biggest mind-body agers, and inflammation damages cells, which can lead to arthritis, cancer, heart disease and stroke. Omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in foods such as fish, walnuts and olive oil, can cut anxiety symptoms by 20 percent and reduce cytokines (inflammatory proteins) by 14 percent. Eating non-fried fish three times a week can make a person's RealAge up to 3 years younger.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

True or false: Talking with a friend over the phone can help reduce stress.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Talking with a friend can help reduce stress -- but not when talking over the phone. The benefits are only seen when talking with a friend in person.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

True or false: Laughter helps fight stress.

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The correct answer is: This is true. A recent study revealed that laughing decreases stress hormones in the body and amps up the body's killer T cells that go to bat against virus-infected and malignant cells.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

Which of these is a reason why tea might help with stress reduction?

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The correct answer is: Polyphenols in black tea may reduce stress hormones in the blood and help the body shed tension faster.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

True or false: When a person doesn't get enough sleep, she's more likely to feel stressed.

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The correct answer is: This is true. When a person doesn't get enough sleep, her body produces more stress hormones, making her more vulnerable to the damaging effects of stress.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

Which of these is a healthy stress reliever?

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The correct answer is: Exercise is one of life's greatest stress relievers. Walk for 30 minutes, stretch or do yoga to help relieve stress. A physical activity program that builds stamina, strength and flexibility can make your RealAge as much as 8.1 years younger.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

True or false: Tensing and relaxing your muscles can help reduce stress.

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The correct answer is: This is true. By tensing and relaxing muscles (progressive muscle relaxation), one can help relieve some of the physical stress that's stored in the body. Start at the bottom: Tense the muscles of the feet, then relax them. From there, tense and relax each muscle group one at a time -- legs, stomach, back, neck, arms, face and head -- and breathe.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

Which of these might help reduce the effects of stress on the body?

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The correct answer is: Research shows people who nap have lower blood pressure levels after stressful events. Getting some daytime sleep may also be beneficial for heart health by speeding up recovery after a stressful event. Getting 45 to 60 minutes of sleep can have a positive effect.

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