What’s Your Stress IQ? (Quiz)

Hey worrywart: take our stress test to find out how much you know about stress and pick up tips to beat it!

True or False: Stress can make you fat.

Answer: TRUE. When you’re in a stressful situation, your body releases adrenaline and cortisol–hormones that put your system on hyper-alert–which mobilize stored carbohydrates and raise blood sugar for quick energy. The cortisol urges you to eat more to replace the carbohydrate and fat you burned dealing with the stressor, and holds on to fat…fine back in the day, when the stressor was a wild animal coming at you and you had to escape. Not so great when it’s your boss that’s coming at you and you haven’t actually moved from your desk chair.

Which type of exercise is best for stress relief?
A. Weight lifting
B. Yoga
C. Biking

Answer: B AND C. Aerobic movement, like biking, running, or dancing, helps burn off built-up adrenaline and cortisol, while meditative movement like yoga or tai chi calms the mind and enhances deep breathing.

True or False: Being a worrywart can make you sick.

Answer: TRUE. It’s not just in your head: you can actually worry yourself sick. The study found that people with the highest perceived stress had 80 percent fewer protective antibodies in their blood than those who were actually stressed out. What’s the difference? Actual stress is an in-the-moment worry about something you control: a big meeting at work or a fight with your significant other. Perceived stress is worrying about something you have no control over, like the economy.

Chronic stress can contribute or lead to:
A. Heart attacks
B. Depression
C. Asthma
D. Ulcers

Answer: A, B, C AND D: Chronic stress can contribute or lead to asthma, atherosclerosis, heart attacks, strokes, depression, ulcers and ulcerative colitis, among other problems. There’s even evidence to suggest that stress may advance the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

True or False: Laughter reduces stress.

Answer: TRUE. Laughter helps optimize the hormones in the endocrine system, including decreasing the levels of cortisol and epinephrine, which lead to stress reduction (studies have even shown that repetitious laughter causes the body to respond in a way similar to moderate exercise).

Which of these sounds are best for relieving stress?
A. Rock music
B. Jazz
C. The sound of water

Answer: B AND C. Whether it’s a babbling brook, waves breaking onshore, the steady rush of a waterfall, or the drumming of a rain shower, the sound of water helps you regulate your breathing and quiet your mind…and can even help lull you to sleep! And research has shown that listening to music like jazz and bluegrass for 30 minutes, particularly during stress, increases immunoglobulin A (IgA) production, an immune-boosting protein that will help keep you from getting sick.

Tell us in the comments: What’s your worst stressor…and your favorite way to beat it?


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katarzyna phillips

i got all of them right except the last one. surely that is up to the individual and their preference? i actually like 'rock' music over the crap on the radio [in the uk, so it's all pop stuff or 80's cheese] and most of my music collection is 'rock', so for me, all 3 can be de-stressors

LMj Sunshine

Definitely too easy.

LMj Sunshine

Definitely too easy.

Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener3 years ago

Yes, I'm a worrywart... gardening is my stress release method.

Sandra C.
Past Member 3 years ago


Sheila L.
Sheila Swan L.3 years ago

A lot of these things don't help people with stress not to have that problem. Really, stress can make you fat -- this factoid is going to help people who are either stressed out or overweight have less stress? How to be able to handle stress is more to the point of helping.

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson3 years ago

thanks. this was too easy

Kath G.
Kath G.3 years ago

My stress is mostly from the home environment, which is very real but is nothing I can do about it. I've only very recently learnt to slide it aside as much as I can and hopefully that will become better too, as I get more practiced.
Being verbal, and also being quite often a tension that's between others in the home that stresses me, I guess it is easier to handle than if it were physical.
As soon as I can, sometimes just turning my back, I put my hands out flat, horizontally in front of me but without stretching my arms out, and in a smooth, almost sweeping motion, I move them to each side as if smoothing out a tablecloth from the centre. I think I automatically breath out deeply at the same time and my shoulders relax too. It just kind of smooths it all out, pushes it aside and then the cognitive side seems to kick in easier too at that crucial moment. I find I can walk away much calmer instead of seething inwardly and 'biting' back and then worrying about doing that!
Perhaps I should explain that the main offender here has depression (yes, being treated and much better than they were) and I know it's normal for them to take it out on their loved ones, BUT, it's still not easy to accept and is hard not to be hurt and stressed by it.
Probably writing this down is good for me too. It might even help someone else.

Malgorzata Zmuda
Malgorzata Zmuda3 years ago

W odpowiedziach wypadłam dobrze, gorzej radzę sobie ze stresem, największym stresorem jest praca.

Dijana D.
Dijana D.3 years ago

jazz and bluegrass lower stress? interesting