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Mind flex: Stress savviness

April is recognized as National Stress Awareness Month to bring attention to the negative impact of stress. To shed light on this ongoing issue and the importance of learning to manage stress, we invite you to take our stress-savviness test. When you finish, tuck away that knowledge and our stress management tips so you can be happier, healthier and more productive—in business and in life.

1. When did National Stress Awareness Month begin?

A. 1986

B. 1992

C. 2003

2. What percentage of US workers have at least one mental health condition?

A. 61%

B. 92%

C. 76%

3. What is the number one source of stress for Americans?

A. Money

B. Work

C. Relationships

4. True or false: Your kidneys release stress hormones.

5. True or false: All age groups (i.e., 18-65+) reported higher levels of stress post-pandemic.

6. True or false: Workers want healthy work cultures over self-care perks.

7.True or false: Post-pandemic, workers feel that their companies support their mental health.


Answers

1-B The Health Resource Network, a nonprofit health education organization, launched a campaign to encourage people to learn about the effects of stress and provide information on how to manage it. 2-A¹ The Mind Share Partners’ 2023 Mental Health at Work report revealed that 61% of workers had experienced at least one symptom of stress. This number is down from 76% in 2021. 3-A² According to the American Psychologist Association’s (APA) 2023 Stress in America survey, 82% of 18- to 64-year-olds surveyed reported money as a significant stressor, compared to 77% of 35- to 44-year-olds, 63% of 45- to 64-year-olds and 47% of those 65 and over. 4-True The stress response starts in your hypothalamus, which sends signals throughout your nervous system and to your kidneys. And your kidneys release adrenaline and cortisol. 5-False While the majority of age groups reported their stress levels being higher than pre-pandemic, the 65+ age group did not, according to the APA report. 6-True The 2023 Mental Health at Work report found that 78% of workers want a healthy and sustainable work culture. 7-False According to the 2023 Mental Health at Work report, only 49% of respondents felt their companies supported their mental health, compared to 61% in 2019.

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