How Should You Treat Your Stress?

LIFESTYLE

Elisabeth Henderson

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Our fast-paced culture teems with reasons to stress out: traffic on the way to work, overwhelming projects on the job, interpersonal conflicts in the office, traffic on the way home, needing to portray your life on social media and not living up to the expectations that social media creates. Women, in particular, often carry extra emotional stress as primary caregivers in their families, as well as the expectation to keep a beautiful home. Whether or not we agree with society’s expectations, they weigh on us. Even fighting against social expectations can create stress. 

But stress is not something that we can afford to ignore. It’s not an ailment, like a cold, that will go away on its own. Stress lives in the body as well as the mind, and it eats away at the health of both, wearing people down over time. Unattended stress can lead to the breakdown of systems of immunity, digestion and the heart, to name a few. The stress hormone, cortisol, which creates the fight or flight response that can save your life if you’re running from an attacker, can damage your health if it’s allowed to continue pumping when there is no present risk.

How can stress be treated? Isn’t it just an unfortunate fact of modern life? While stress is present everywhere, there are strong strategies that can counter its harmful effects. You may have tried traditional stress relief methods and been disappointed. Dive into this quiz and we’ll share methods for shocking the stress out of your system!  

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