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Kleenex® | Having a cold can be more stressful than an argument

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The common cold is the source of much stress amongst the UK population: For many UK adults, colds are found to be more stressful than an argument with their partner, pressure at work or money worries research from Kleenex Balsam has found.

And moving house, which is widely regarded as one of the most exasperating experiences, cannot beat a cold in terms of stress levels for more than a quarter of people surveyed by Kleenex.*

Bearing these opinions in mind, it's no wonder that two thirds of those polled claim to undergo an emotional transformation when they're poorly, becoming ill-tempered, weepy or withdrawn. And that's not even mentioning the red, sore nose, streaming eyes and bad throat. So whether its emotional or physical, we can all use some soothing comfort when we have a cold.

Take the quiz to find out which cold sufferer personality type you are.

Which personality type are you?

Which of the following most closely matches your personality generally?
a. I'm relaxed and calm - very few things ruffle my feathers
b. I'm the logical one, always taking the sensible option. It's head over heart for me
c. The life and soul of the party - I'm a real social butterfly and always up for a laugh
d. I'm fairly sensitive and bit of a delicate flower, but I muddle along just fine unless something upsets me

How are you most likely to act when you think you might be getting ill?
a. I start to become grumpy, irritable and short tempered - I hate being ill!
b. I just ignore it and hope it'll go away
c. I dash to the chemist and stock up on all the cold remedies I can find
d. I reach straight for the tissues - I can already feel the tears starting to well up

KleenexWe all tend to behave a bit differently when we have a cold. Which of the following sounds most like you?
a. I'm pretty irritable - in fact I turn into a bit of a witch, losing my temper and lashing out at those close to me
b. I throw on an extra layer of make-up, dig out my killer heels and soldier on. What cold?
c. I cancel all my social engagements - I wouldn't want anyone to see me when I'm not looking my best - and snuggle up in bed, surrounded by tissues and cold and flu remedies
d. I tend to mope about feeling sorry for myself - sometimes I just want my mum to look after me, curl up and have a good cry

What makes you feel better when you are under the weather?
a. A relaxing bath or a gentle walk in the fresh air to calm me down
b. Going for a run or to the gym to sweat it out
c. A hot water bottle and a snuggly duvet to rest under
d. Tissues to soothe my sore red nose and mop up the tears


Mostly As: Feisty Fighter
When faced with a stinking cold, you become short tempered and irritable, even if you are normally level-headed and calm: you snap at colleagues and loved ones and find yourself quarrelling with others.

Balsam Fresh

Mostly Bs: Marching Martyr
You battles on despite suffering, becoming fixated on convincing yourself and everyone around there's nothing wrong. No complaining or whinging, you refuse to cancel social or business functions despite feeling rotten. In fact, you may even offer to take on more work or arrange extra social events just to prove your cold is not having an impact!

Mostly Cs: Solitary Sufferer
Usually the life and soul of the party, you just want to keep your head down and be left alone. You want to hide from the world, choosing isolation, and silently endure cold symptoms rather than seek out any sympathy.

Mostly Ds: Whinging Weeper
The most emotional of the cold personalities, you're prone to bursting into tears or getting upset easily when suffering with a cold. Having a cold is a very stressful experience: you may revert to a childlike state and may not be able to cope with the usual schedule or make everyday decisions.


*Research carried out by Opinion MattersMarket Research for Kleenex between 24/08/2010 and 07/09/2010. Sample: 2,107 UK adults


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