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Stress quiz: Who gets it, how to prevent it

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What's the biggest cause of stress in the UK?

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What's the biggest cause of stress in the UK?

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A 2015 survey by the website Statista found that money is the leading cause of stress in the UK. If you are stressed over money problems you can get free, confidential advice from the National Debtline on 0808 808 4000.

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Stress can affect fertility.

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Stress can affect fertility.

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Although it is believed stress can play a role and be a factor in infertility, there are no definitive clinical studies to support the fact that it actually causes it.

Which of the following reduces stress hormones?

Which of the following reduces stress hormones?

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Snuggling with your furry friend – or cuddling your baby or loved one – can increase levels of the beneficial hormone, oxytocin. This reduces stress hormones in the body and is associated with lower blood pressure and a better mood.

When women are feeling stressed they will probably:

When women are feeling stressed they will probably:

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Women's nurturing instincts are likely to kick in when they are stressed - calling on other people and giving support to friends and family. The fight or flight response is more typical of men's behaviour under stress – wanting to escape to a less stressful pursuit as a distraction.

Cancer is caused by stress.

Cancer is caused by stress.

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Many studies have researched links between stress and cancer but there is still no definitive proof that cancer is actually caused by stress. Right now, stress is considered likely to play some kind of role but more research is needed.

Being positive and talking positively can reduce heart disease risk.

Being positive and talking positively can reduce heart disease risk.

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The British Heart Foundation says a 2012 review of more than 200 studies suggests the power of positive thinking and emotions can reduce your risk of a heart attack or stroke. The findings support previous research that showed negative emotions can be detrimental to your health. Links between heart disease and mental health are not fully understood but the BHF says staying positive can make a healthy difference.

Grey hair is caused by stress.

Grey hair is caused by stress.

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Getting grey hair has more to do with genetics and the ageing process than stress. However, stress has been associated with forgetfulness, headaches, bad temper, back pain and fatigue. Getting a massage, stretching exercises, talking with a loved one or doing an enjoyable activity, can all help reduce stress.

Which gender claims to be most stressed out?

Which gender claims to be most stressed out?

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Several studies suggest that women tend to report higher levels of stress than their male counterparts. However, the reasons for this are still not fully explained.

How can you help prevent the effects of stress?

How can you help prevent the effects of stress?

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Exercising daily can help prevent you from the harmful effects of stress.

Long term stress can cause anxiety and sleeplessness, and also:

Long term stress can cause anxiety and sleeplessness, and also:

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Experiencing stress over a long period can be detrimental to your physical and psychological health. It can trigger anxiety, insomnia, muscle pain, and weaken your immune system. Long-term or chronic stress is also associated with depression and heart disease.

 

Acute stress is short term stress – such as when you lose something or the car breaks down. It can also be a fun experience, such as a roller coaster ride or a thrilling sport. Chronic stress is more damaging to your health.

Which activity was the most common way to de-stress according to a survey?

Which activity was the most common way to de-stress according to a survey?

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Chilling out in front of the TV was the most common way of de-stressing according to a survey for the insurer Benenden. Catching up with friends was more popular as a chill out tactic with women than it was with men.

Stress can make it harder for smokers to kick the habit.

Stress can make it harder for smokers to kick the habit.

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Smokers often use the habit as a way to diffuse stress. The NHS suggests people trying to quit should exercise, take up a hobby or join a support group to help make stopping easier.

Long-term stress can trigger:

Long-term stress can trigger:

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Experiencing long-term, or chronic stress can trigger loss of sex drive and erectile dysfunction (impotence) . You may also experience insomnia and tend to overeat.

Ulcers are not triggered by stress. A bacteria called Helicobacter pylori causes ulcers, but stress may aggravate an ulcer if you already have one.

Stress makes you pack on the pounds.

Stress makes you pack on the pounds.

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Pure stress does not directly cause weight gain. However, being stressed can trigger behaviour that leads to overeating or weight gain. If your sleep or eating patterns are disturbed by stress, this can also contribute to weight gain.

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