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Quiz & Poll: How Stressed Are You?

Quiz & Poll: How Stressed Are You?

We had a decent little earthquake here last week in the Bay Area. I was standing in the kitchen, drinking a glass of water, trying to decide whether to dry the dishes or to let them sit overnight in the rack. Next thing I knew, I'm off-balance, trying to reach the counter, stay on my feet, and not drop the glass in my hand. Behind me, something fell from the top of the refrigerator. I heard the cats' claws scrabbling across the wood floors in the living room. And then . . . then it was over.



It didn't last long, maybe five seconds, but the side-to-side movement of the quake made it difficult to stand up. I've felt vibrations before, rumbling and shuddering and shaking, or hard vertical jolts, but I've never lost my balance. I went looking for the cats, and my heart thudded loudly for a good ten minutes afterward. I felt a little too alert for my own good.



The next day at work, everyone talked about where they'd been and how they felt during the quake, comparing intensities and releasing the worry a bit. Turned out, a lot of us had raced online to find the epicenter and magnitude. And many people went online to buy an emergency kit. The shock of the quake and that feeling of profound vulnerability reminded us how unprepared we are for a quake requiring more than 6 or 7 seconds of quick reflexes.



This week, I'll be gathering different kinds of tips and information for managing acute or chronic stress. I encourage you to try some of the techniques, see what works, talk about it here, notice how you're feeling, and maybe consider this an opportunity to pull together an emergency stress kit. That way, you'll be better prepared when shaken or thrown off balance, or when your world trembles a little.



Let's start by getting a baseline reading, ladies. How stressed are you? To take the poll, you'll need to click
here, follow the instructions, add up your score and find your choice/answer below.




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sneakynikki sneakynikki 8 years
i'm stressed! oh no! :s haha!
ranianed ranianed 8 years
im a balanced 42 -- i had NO IDEA?! who knew?
quietone84 quietone84 8 years
44. But let me tell you I feel stressed. Maybe it's just depression.
controlledspin controlledspin 9 years
61.
iheartfooty iheartfooty 9 years
68....No job and looking and getting stressed, once I DO get a job i'll be better.....I try and meditate but it is hard....
katie225 katie225 9 years
i got 34. i think the only thing i'm really guilty of is feeling guilty when i'm not doing anything. other than that, i think i'm really good at scheduling myself (yay for my pda!) and knowing when i'm taking on too much and i need to slow down.
rkdub rkdub 9 years
I scored a 72.... but, that is only because of school... once I graduate in May I don't start my masters until Aug. So maybe I will get to calm down a bit....
glam-sugar glam-sugar 9 years
I got a 51.
lickety-split lickety-split 9 years
i got a 58, but actually that's lower than i expected. some things have to just be accepted as unchangable and then you do the best you can. not sure my level can be lowered. i am used to things going wrong, so i prepare for them. we have a great emergency supply with medicines, first aid supplies, diapers, food, water, generator, face masks (don't laugh at me, lol) treats like new books and games and sweets, etc. it reduces my stress level to be as prepared as possible juuuuuuust in case. so we have a smaller kit in my car (i said don't laugh!). when you realize how little control you have in life you have to do things to reassure yourself that you can still have some control over the situation.
t0xxic t0xxic 9 years
im stressed lol
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