How To Tell If Your Stress Level Is Normal

02/16/2015 10:10 am ET | Updated Feb 17, 2015
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Do you handle your worries well, or do you let them spiral into something more?

We all encounter bouts of stress now and then, but when it becomes a chronic problem we're seriously threatening our health and well-being. Not sure if your anxiety is normal or something bigger? Take Popular Science's stress quiz below.

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If your stress levels are normal...
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Good! Keep them that way by continuing to prioritize your well-being, which includes getting the proper amount of sleep, monitoring your risk for burnout and exercising. A little stress is OK, but when it becomes a chronic problem, consider trying one of these stress-management techniques to get back to a state of calm.

If you're in the high-stress range...
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Stress can have a huge impact on our health. Constant, high levels of anxiety could lead to a weaker immune system, stomach issues and even heart problems. Try making a little more room in your life for meditation or another calming activity to help you keep the peace. If your stress continues to become a debilitating problem, you may want to consider seeking advice from a mental health professional.

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