In a stressful situation, what are you most likely to do first?
Do something unrelated to the stressful situation to take my mind off of it for a while.
Deal with my feelings about the situation first.
Analyze the situation and deal with it right away.
How do you act when you're under stress?
I keep a stiff upper lip and hold it all in. The stress doesn't show.
I may get a bit impatient, but I'm pretty much my usual charming self.
I'm an open book. You can see how stressed I am by the way I look or act.
When you're stressed, how do you relate to your friends and family?
I just want everyone to go away and leave me alone.
I want to talk to someone, but also need to be alone some of the time.
I really don't want to be alone - I need to have people around me most of the time.
How do you treat yourself when life gets stressful?
I put my nose to the grindstone and push myself harder.
I may work a little harder, but I make sure that I still take care of myself.
I indulge myself in my favorite treats (food, shopping, cigarettes, alcohol, etc.).
When everything is changing around you, how do you react?
I try to stay in control of everything and keep things the way they used to be.
I go with the flow and adapt to the way things are now.
I don't really care about the change - nothing I do has any effect on the way things are, anyway.
Have you noticed any of these signs of stress lately?
Select all that apply to you.
Tense, tight muscles
Crying or feeling like I want to cry
Sweaty palms, dry mouth, or difficulty breathing
Upset stomach, diarrhea, or constipation
Frequent colds, viruses, or infection
Feeling irritable and defensive
Trouble concentrating or remembering things
Anxious, jittery, or nervous feelings
Avoiding social situations
Acting more rude or impatient than normal
Having trouble making decisions
Increased use of alcohol, cigarettes, or drugs