How to De-stress Best Based on Your Personality!

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By: Elisabeth Henderson

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About This Quiz

Humans need stress in order to react to a dangerous situation appropriately. When a hiker rounds a corner and comes face to face with a grizzly bear, adrenaline and cortisol flood the body, triggering the “fight or flight" response that will give the hiker the fuel and clarity they need to escape or to turn and face the bear. The heart rate speeds up, breath quickens, blood pressure rises and senses sharpen to tune in to the present emergency. People describe a haunting clarity and sometimes a sense of slow-motion that attend crisis situations. 

The problem with the stress response comes in when people — most people in contemporary American culture — experience the symptoms of stress on a daily basis, due to anxiety brought on by work, finances, relationships, trauma or any myriad of stress-inducing phenomena that fill our daily lives. When stress doesn’t leave the body, it can cause intense anxiety, depression and problems with immunity, cardiovascular and digestive systems, and, of course, sleep. 

No one wants to be stressed, yet it seems that these days, everyone complains about being stressed out. A recent Gallup poll found that eight in ten Americans reported being frequently or sometimes affected by stress. So, what can people do to avoid the problem of stress that just won’t leave them alone? 

Many de-stressing strategies have become so familiar that they lose their appeal. That’s why we’ve come up with a list of strategies you may not have tried before, which may just be the cure you’ve been looking for! Let’s find out which method will reduce the stress experienced by your particular personality! 

When work starts getting under your skin, what is the first sign that you’re getting stressed?

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If you are home watching TV with your partner, what flashes through your mind?

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What is an experience you can remember where you felt completely at ease in your body and mind?

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When you are feeling completely overwhelmed with the tasks you need to complete, what is the one thing that can make you smile?

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What reasons do you use to justify the amount of time you spend on social media?

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Which of these factors do you associate with stress most regularly?

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Who do you turn to for commiseration when you start feeling totally overwhelmed?

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How often do you get out for a walk?

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If your friend told you they were upset with you about something you said, how would you cope?

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Do you have any spiritual responses for stress that helps you to feel more relaxed?

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Which of these experiences would you associate with your work life?

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Whose approval are you looking for most deeply?

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How do you feel when you have to set down your phone at the end of the day?

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If you could go anywhere to be in your happy place, where would you go?

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Which technique have you tried to de-stress that has not worked for you?

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Which culture strikes you as dealing the best with stress?

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If you are planning a vacation for your family as a way to get away from the pressures of life, which travel agency would you choose?

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If you are super stressed and someone gives you a pillow, how can you best use it?

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What place does religion have in your strategies for stress management?

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How might you interact with animals as a way to fight anxiety?

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How do you experience stress when you are driving?

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If you were to imagine a Rorschach painting of what your stress looks like, how might you describe it?

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Which of the following most closely resembles a stress dream you’d be likely to have?

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What musical experience do you turn to when you’ve had a particularly rough week?

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If your anxiety were a landscape, what would it look like?

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If you are stressed out about a work project, how does it impact how you interact with co-workers?

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Under what circumstances would you ask for help on a big project?

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What is your exercise go-to for stress relief?

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What kind of art could you imagine may lower your blood pressure?

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What do you think the most important reason is for lowering your stress level?

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