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In small doses, stress can actually be an important part of our lives. It can motivate us and make us more productive. And, once it's over, we might come out of that stressful situation all the better for it.

Too much stress, though, can be detrimental to your health, happiness, productivity, and relationships.

So what's that healthy balance between being too stressed, and being not stressed enough? Is your current stress level manageable and healthy?

To help you figure out where you are on the stress scale (and what you can do about it), the folks over at Pound Place created the flowchart below. Start with the question at the top, and then follow the arrows to work your way to the bottom, where you'll find out whether your stress is at a manageable level. 

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So ... how stressed are you? Share your thoughts with us in the comments. 

The Next Five

Originally published Apr 8, 2016 7:00:00 AM, updated April 20 2017

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Work Life Balance