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Work Stress

Feeling frazzled at the office? Take this quiz to see how much you know about what can cause -- and relieve -- work stress.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

What fraction of employee absences are caused by stress and related conditions each year?

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The correct answer is: Work-related stress, depression or anxiety cause an average of 30 lost working days each year.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

According to RealAge, how does work stress affect a man's health?

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The correct answer is: According to RealAge, constant job strain is a major blood pressure booster in men (less so in women, for reasons not yet understood).

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

Which of these is a stress-management technique?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Before you head home at the end of the day, take a few minutes to practice meditation or deep breathing. And take the scenic route home -- viewing natural scenery helps reduce stress and promote a healthy work-life balance.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

True or false: If you can't quiet your mind, you're not meditating.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Meditation is a practice, which means it gets better with practice. You'll gradually find the intervals between thoughts get longer and longer. Stick with it -- meditation not only reduces stress but also helps maintain brain cells and memory.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

What object can reduce stress at work?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Soften an institutional environment by bringing natural objects into your workspace, posting inspirational artwork or even using something that makes you smile, like a whimsical lunchbox.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

True or false: People who take vacations sleep better.

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The correct answer is: This is true. In addition to helping you sleep better, taking even a day off can help prevent emotional burnout and renew your senses.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

What can you do if you're stuck in a toxic work environment?

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The correct answer is: Real change comes only from the top, so talk with your boss or have a chat with human resources about your co-workers' toxic behavior -- especially if you're a target.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

According to RealAge, how many employers say their workers are emotionally, mentally and physically exhausted?

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The correct answer is: According to RealAge, a disturbing new survey shows that nearly half of all employers said their workers are emotionally, mentally and physically exhausted. Being unemployed may be worse -- typing "job search burnout" into Google nets more than 2.7 million entries.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

What should you do if you are holding on to a big secret at work?

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The correct answer is: Setting aside 15 or 20 minutes to write expressively about your big secret can release you from its stress, says RealAge. Finding words for your feelings and memories helps you gain perspective and frees you from feeling isolated.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

At what time of day are you most likely to get a snack craving?

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The correct answer is: By far the greatest number of cravings occurs late in the work day, when your blood glucose drops. Instead of snacking, Dr. Oz recommends chewing ginseng gum, which is shown to boost metabolism by up to 20 percent.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

What is the healthiest snack choice from these options?

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The correct answer is: Look for a snack that's high in volume and low in calories. Popcorn without any butter added is about 200 calories.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

True or false: Multitasking saves you time and energy.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Researchers have found that when you multitask, you are actually wasting, not saving, mental energy. Switching your attention from one item to the next takes some time, especially when attending to complicated tasks.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

How much does work stress cost the economy?

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The correct answer is: Sources estimate that work stress costs the economy $300 billion a year. This includes accidents, absenteeism, employee turnover, diminished productivity, direct medical, legal, and insurance costs, workers' compensation awards as well as tort and FELA (Federal Employers’ Liability Act) judgments. Half of all workers who've been targets of a nasty work situation waste work time dodging or worrying about the next attack. One in five doesn't work as hard, and one in 10 finds ways to spend less time on the job.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

How should you spend your lunch break when you're pregnant?

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The correct answer is: If you can, parcel out your lunch hour and rest breaks to create 15-minute relaxation periods that calm and recharge you throughout the work day. However, the amount of time is less critical than how well you spend those precious moments. Work out a soothing ritual like a shoulder rub, a meditation in the sun, or a walk (exercise helps).

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

True or false: Having a workplace friend is key to managing stress.

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The correct answer is: This is true. A good buddy will help keep your blood pressure low and the pounds off (if they share similar goals), and help you be more productive at work because you enjoy it more.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

True or false: Noise at work affects your stress level.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Loud noise is an underappreciated source of stress at work. In fact, the incidence of heart attacks rises by 30 percent in people who work in loud places. If your work is louder than 85 decibels, you need ear protection in the form of earmuffs or molded earplugs.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

What percentage of Americans spend 30 minutes or more on their daily commute?

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The correct answer is: Thirty-four percent of Americans spend 30 minutes or more on their daily commute. That's over 250 hours per year per person.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

How can a long commute affect your health?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Additionally, research suggests that the more stress drivers feel during their morning commute, the more problems they have in the workplace.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

True or false: Gym enthusiasts do better at work than more sedentary people.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Physically active people are more likely to have less stress or are able to handle stress better than chair-bound types. According to the experts at RealAge, when one study looked at entrepreneurs, it was clear that those who took time away from business to run regularly were better at attaining personal satisfaction as well as increased sales over companies managed by nonrunners.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

True or false: You can get stressed out from information overload.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Try taking a full day off from technology. Turn off the TV, limit your email time and turn your phone to silent. Even a half-day off will cut down on stress and preserve your energy.

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