What Are Your Stress Triggers?

LIFESTYLE

By: Emily Maggrett

6 Min Quiz

When you're trying to fall asleep at night, what kind of worries occupy your mind?

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How much personal time do you take for yourself after work?

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Who does the majority of chores in your household?

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You and your partner have a fight in the morning. How does that impact the rest of your day?

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Have you moved in the last six months?

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Let's say you're ill and need to stay in bed for a few days. What are you most concerned about?

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How would you describe your manager?

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When you only get four hours of sleep, how does the next day go?

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How would you rate your level of job satisfaction?

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Your partner unexpectedly announces that their parents are coming over to spend the weekend in your home. How do you feel?

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On a scale of 1 to 10, how calm is your home environment?

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Your toddler spills water on your laptop. How big of a disaster is this?

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When you're down, who can you talk to about your feelings?

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You have to give a presentation at your company's corporate retreat. This makes you feel ...?

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If you tried to take a long, hot bath, what would happen?

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What's your biggest time-management challenge?

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Do you get along well with your kids?

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How would you feel if your landlord tells you that he's raising your rent?

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How heavy is your workload?

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On a typical day, which one of these minor irritations would upset you the most?

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When you unexpectedly gain weight, how does it make you feel?

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If you needed to take a personal day, would you be able to do that?

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When's the last time you had a moment to daydream?

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What would be your reaction if your manager announces that they'd like you to become your department's lead?

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What do you do when you want to break a sweat?

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Your company is in the middle of a hostile takeover and you're getting demoted. How will you cope?

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What's your go-to self-care move?

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If your daughter unexpectedly found herself pregnant, how would you adjust to this change?

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Your partner breaks the garbage disposal while trying to fix it, taking your sink out of commission for three days. How do you feel?

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If an old friend asked you to get coffee, would you have time to see them?

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About This Quiz

Imagine that you've got a giant pile of laundry sitting on your unmade bed, the kids are screaming for their dinner and your boss wants you to take on some extra holiday work. How does this scenario make you feel? If it actually happened to you, which one of these problems would upset you the most? Which issue would you handle first?

Your answers to those questions reveal a lot about your stress triggers. For instance, some people aren't daunted at all by the prospect of dealing with multiple crises at once, while others would rather jump in a lake than attempt to multitask. High-strung people find doing household tasks relaxing, while others feel overwhelmed by the eternal daily need to cook and clean. Some personalities thrive when dealing with big changes, while more introverted folks take months (or even years) to adjust to changes that less sensitive people see as minor.

So, what's triggering your stress? If you're feeling overextended lately but aren't sure why, this quiz can help. We're going to ask you about a number of common stressors. By the end of the quiz, we'll be able to tell you what your triggers are, as well as recommend some ways to make your life lighter and easier. Ready to learn more? It's time to take this quiz!

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