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August 22, 2008

QUIZ: How Stressed Are You?

Are you a heart attack on legs or are you cool as a cucumber?

stressed woman with a headache

Photo Credit: Suprijono Suharjoto/iStock

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1. I feel like a grade-A multitasker when:
I read the paper with my GoLean Crunch.
b. I field client phone calls while ordering my best friend's birthday present on bluefly.com while eating my seaweed-salad lunch.
c. I BlackBerry during sex.

2. If I were to file a complaint with OSHA, I would cite the following work-related ailments:
That nasty manila-folder paper cut.
b. Do reading glasses count?
c. IBS, sleeplessness, hair loss, lockjaw, forehead wrinkling requiring Botox, carpal tunnel . . .

3. I go into panic mode when:
My cable's out.
b. I'm late to a gyno appointment because of gridlock, or when my anniversary falls during a major work deadline.
c. I wake up.

4. If you hooked me up to a heart monitor and showed me copies of my credit report, you'd observe:
My resting heart rate.
b. A noticeable spike followed by quick stabilization. The numbers could be better, but I've got a two-year plan in place to be debt-free.
c. Ready the defibrillator!

5. When I'm feeling stressed, I:
Self-medicate with a couple of bong hits and a bottle of white zin.
b. Methodically cross the next three items off my to-do list before going for a jog in the park with my golden retriever and making dinner with my significant other. (I'm an equal-opportunist.)
c. Beeline for Starbucks and order up a "Black Eye": a drip coffee plus two shots of espresso. (Gotta grease the productivity machine.)

6. The Grey's Anatomy character whose stress-management style I relate to most is:
Meredith Grey . . . I'm unflappable--some days thanks to heavy meds; others, tequila.
b. Cristina Yang . . . I'm excitable, but always in control.
c. Izzie Stevens . . . One more spaz-out and I'm permanently demoted to desk duty.

7. What I love most about caffeine is:
How it gets me through a hungover Sunday morning.
b. Its presence in my cellulite cream. (I apply it daily.)
c. In beverage form or Excedrin, it erases my damn stress headaches.

Mostly A's: Cool as a Corpse
Your blood pressure's so low, smoking and a high-sodium diet are doc's orders.

Mostly B's: Stress Is Your BFF
Driven yet balanced, you let stress motivate but not dominate.

Mostly C's: Heart Attack on Legs
You live with chest pains the way most of us live with split ends.

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