Almost everyone experiences some form of stress. Take this quick quiz to discover what Johns Hopkins research has determined to be the best, heart-friendliest ways to cope with the stress in your life.

Stress can raise your blood pressure and make you feel sick. Unfortunately, many of the ways people cope with stress turn out to be bad for the heart, too, because they raise cholesterol and blood sugar or otherwise damage body systems.

“Stress is not good, but everyone experiences it. That’s why it’s so important to manage stress in healthy ways,” says Hugh Calkins, M.D., director of the Cardiac Arrhythmia Service at Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

Test yourself to see whether you can tell the helpful stress management tactics from the ones that make things even worse.

1. Which of these activities is more apt to make you feel less stressed?

Taking a long walk

Taking a long nap

2. What should you eat if you feel stressed?

Ice cream


Potato chips

3. Which of these is a proven way to relax when you’re stressed?



Deep breathing

All of these

None of these

4. Can medicine ease stress?



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