How Do You Respond to Stress? Everyday Health asked thousands of Americans how they respond to stressful situations. The goal was to help people identify the ways they respond to stress and form habits that improve stress management. Answer these questions from the ‘This or That’ quiz to see how your responses compare to those of other Americans. 1. If stressed, I’m more likely to: a. Crave a good workout b. Crave a good wine 2. If stressed, I’m more likely to: a. Walk in the woods b. Binge on movies 3. If stressed, I’m more likely to: a. Gain weight b. Lose weight 4. If stressed, I’m more likely to: a. Put my needs first b. Put my needs last 5. If stressed, I’m more likely to: a. Say things I regret b. Email or text things I regret
- 52 percent said they crave wine; however, exercise is one of the best ways to manage stress.
- 59 percent said they binge on movies. If you’re in this group, choose something funny to lower stress.
- 59 percent said they gain weight. Chronic stress can lead to hormonal changes that increase appetite and cause food cravings.14
- 65 percent of women and 49 percent of men put their needs last when stressed. That can create additional stress.
- 76 percent said they are more likely to say things they regret.