Stress and prostate cancer

How do you respond to both?

When it comes to stress, have you ever noticed how one day you may feel like you can take on the world, but the next day, you feel like your world is falling apart?

There are a lot of factors that may influence how we handle stress related to our loved one’s prostate cancer. Take this short quiz to learn what some of them are and how vulnerable you may be to stress.

    What happens when you are upset or afraid?

    a) I often use positive “self-talk” to comfort or calm myself down
    b) I often let my emotions take control of me or feel “out of control”

    If you answered b, you may be more vulnerable to stress.

What’s your level of confidence?

    a) I have a lot of confidence in myself and my ability to handle difficult situations
    b) I’m often afraid that I’m not going to be able to handle difficult situations

    If you answered b, you may be more vulnerable to stress.

How do you view life?

    a) I am optimistic and hopeful about the future
    b) I am afraid of what the future holds for me

    If you answered b, you may be more vulnerable to stress.

    How do you react to change?

    a) I embrace change and often welcome it
    b) I hate change and often dread it

    If you answered b, you may be more vulnerable to stress.

What is your faith like?

    a) I have a strong faith in God or a Higher Power
    b) I do not believe in God or a Higher Power

    If you answered b, you may be more vulnerable to stress.

What is your support network like?

    a) I have a lot of friends and family members who support me
    b) I don’t have much support from others

    If you answered b, you may be more vulnerable to stress.

Read our articles about stress, including:

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References:
Helpguide. Understanding stress. http://www.helpguide.org/mental/stress_signs.htm. Accessed January 15, 2009.

Mayo Clinic Family Health Book, 3rd edition. Litin SC, ed. HarperResource. New York, NY: 2003; 1220-1226.

Always consult a medical professional.

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