How stressed out
are you? Take this quiz and see how you rate on your
Stress, America’s #1 health
problem, is a leading cause of major illness. Heart
disease, high blood pressure, and depression are just
some of the harmful effects of stress. Research has
shown that releasing stress and learning how to relax
promotes a healthier, happier, and more fulfilling life.
Take this quiz and see how you rate on your stress
1. I make time for myself every day.
2. I have a tendency to take on other people’s
3. I say “no” without feeling guilty.
4. I get impatient quickly with delays or changes.
5. While waiting for the elevator, I press the button
more than once.
6. I am able to relax and unwind easily at the end of
7. I laugh everyday.
8. I feel guilty when I just do nothing.
9. I feel “beaten up” sometimes at the end of the day.
10. I get disappointed in others often.
11. I have a hard time falling asleep at night.
12. I often forget to wear my watch.
Results: If you answered yes to these questions.
1. Yes- You are creating an environment where you can
release stress and stay in balance. Keep up the good
2. Yes-You are doing too much, and are spreading
yourself too thin. It would be a good idea to stay
responsible for your work load, and revaluate why you
are willing to take on other people’s responsibilities.
3. Yes- If you can say no and be okay with that; you are
doing much better than most. By saying no, and not
feeling guilty, you are setting your boundaries. You are
also eliminating added stress. Kudos for you!
4. Yes- Becoming impatient and irritable quickly is a
big sign that you are feeling a large amount of stress.
When you are under stress, you react more rapidly than
if you were relaxed. Take note of this, and observe how
you react the next time you are faced with an unexpected
setback or change.
5. Yes- If you push the elevator button more than once,
chances are you are a type-A personality. You could have
a tendency to live your life in a rushed and stressful
way. Slow down.. remember pushing the button more than
once isn’t going to make the elevator go any faster. You
have to learn to let go and chill.
6. Yes- If you can relax and unwind at the end of the
day, you are dealing with stress management in a great
way. Being able to relax is a sign that you are not
bringing your work home with you, and you are putting
your priorities in order. This is GREAT!
7. Yes- Laughter is one the best ways to release stress,
and staying in balance. Finding laugher in the day is an
excellent stress buster!
8. Yes- Feeling guilty when you are doing nothing is an
indicator that you are living a lifestyle that is
rushed, hurried, and stressful. Break yourself of that
habit fast, and make it a priority to do nothing, and
feel good about it. Your health depends on it!
9. Yes- Feeling “beaten up” at the end of the day means
you are working way too hard. You can lighten up your
work load, delegate your work, or get better organized
to eliminate that feeling of heaviness.
10. Yes- When you are easily disappointed in others this
means that you are expecting too much from the wrong
people. You are living in stress! Chances are you are
doing too much for others too. Set your boundaries, and
choose who you trust wisely.
11. Yes- Insomnia is a side effect of stress, Your mind
is racing because it is conditioned to be working 24/7.
It’s time to learn how to relax, set your boundaries,
and keep your life in balance.
12. Yes- If you can get through the day without your
watch, you have conquered the need to control your time.
You can manage your time well.
If you answered no to these questions.
1. No- You are in a rut where you are feeling stressed,
and will soon be burned out. Make it a priority to take
time out for yourself even if it is only 10 minutes a
2. No- You are not taking more responsibility than you
should. This is great! Keep up the good work. You know
3. No- Saying no means setting your boundaries and
enforcing them. This eliminates added stress. Start
practicing saying no and sticking to it. Your self
respect depends on it!
4. No- Not reacting to sudden chances and setbacks are a
sign of good stress management. Problem solving and
solutions are a much better choice!
5. No- If you press the elevator button only once,
chances are you have learned to be patient, and can
manage your stress well. Excellent!
6. No- If you are having difficulties relaxing and
unwinding, you are living a stressful life. It is time
to learn how to relax and let go. You must find a
balance in your life, or else you will be on the road to
7. No- Laughter is the best medicine for everything. If
you aren’t finding enough humor and laughter in your
life, then you are out of balance. Make it a priority to
find things that bring you joy on a regular basis.
8. No- Doing nothing is a great stress buster. If you
can just do nothing and enjoy it, you have mastered the
9. No- If you don’t have that “beaten up” feeling at the
end of your day this is great! You have learned how to
successful manage your stress, and not hold it
10. No- This is another sign of excellent stress
management skills. You are accurately seeing other
people’s strengths and weaknesses, and perceiving that
11. No- Being able to relax and fall asleep at night is
another good stress management skill. You seem to keep
your stress under control. Kudos!
12. No- If you are “lost” without your watch, this could
be a sign of a controlling personality. It might do you
good to forget your watch on the weekends, and just be a
free spirit once in a while.
|About the author
Marla Sloane Ph.D. is a successful author and
speaker. Her Daily Positive Affirmations
subscribers have reached world-wide proportions,
and her book, “The Masks We Wear and How to Live
Without Them” is at the heart of her teleclasses;
Live Your Best Life. Marla has also produced,
Trilogy of Meditations, for your Mind, Body, and
Spirit, which is distributed nationwide, and in
Europe. You can visit her web site at:
Puzzles and Riddles
(Answers at the end of this newsletter)
1. Five athletes are returning from a
cross-country race. Athlete C placed third, and athlete E placed
second. From the information below, can you tell how athletes A, B,
and D placed in the race?
2. A large family consists of eight sons, and
each one of them has one sister. Assuming there is both a mother and
father, how many people are in that family?
3. What goes around the world but stays in a