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Are you stressed out?

Is your lifestyle taking a toll on your mind, body and relationships? Take this quiz to find out your stress level. For each item, choose one of the three options based on how you think, feel and behave across situations.

health and fitness Updated: Aug 31, 2012 00:08 IST

Is your lifestyle taking a toll on your mind, body and relationships? Take this quiz to find out your stress level. For each item, choose one of the three options based on how you think, feel and behave across situations.

1 Most of the time, you tend to feel:
A. Low and tired
B. Chirpy and optimistic
C. Annoyed and rageful

2 On an average, are you able to:
A 6-8 hours of deep sleep
B. Trouble remaining asleep for required duration
C. Difficulty in falling off to sleep

3 In order to uplift your spirits you rely on:
A. Talking to someone close
B. Junk food, alcohol or drugs
C. Exercise or other hobbies

4Your immune system:
A. Is robust
B. Started acting funny recently
C. Has been weak

5 When you feel hurt and cornered, do you:
A. Sulk and withdraw
B. Maintain your cool and communicate your feelings politely
C. Throw a tantrum

6. As far as your career is concerned, do you:
A. Feel happy and content that you have made a mark
B. Are somewhat satisfied with your performance
C. Feel hopeless as it is going downhill

7 When you look at your reflection in the mirror:
A. Find yourself ugly
B. You are content
C. Think you need to enhance your appearance

8 Your leisure activities or your hobbies:
A. Do not make you feel good any longer
B. Are always sources of pleasure
C. Suffer due to paucity of time

9 Your sexual life is:
A. Mundane
B. Rocking
C. Becoming extinct

10 In your close relationships, you feel:
A. Mistreated
B. Loved and cared for
C. Lonely

Scoring:
1) A=3, B=1, C=2
2) A=1, B=2, C=3
3) A=1, B=3, C=2
4) A=1, B=2, C=3
5) A=2, B=1, C=3
6) A=1, B=2, C=3
7) A=3, B=1, C=2
8) A=3, B=1, C=2
9) A=2, B=1, C=3
10) A=3, B=1, C=2

What does your score say:
Between 10- 13: You are
stress-free and have adequate coping skills to effectively deal with stress. Continue a balanced lifestyle to remain healthy.

Between 14- 19: You suffer from moderate stress. You need to either make changes in your environment or think of alternative methods to deal with stress. Take time off, focus on self-growth and develop strong bonds.

Between 20- 30: You are severely stressed out. It is ruining your body, mind, relationships and self-concept. Drastic changes in the way you cope with stress are required.

(by Pulkit Sharma, Clinical Psychologist)