You’re prepping for a 50-slide presentation, your pasta water just bubbled onto the countertop and your kid has now decided the walls are prime real estate for crayon murals. How’re you handling all of this? Turns out, your zodiac sign can tell us whether you’re more likely to take a deep breath and find your center (Libra) or punch a hole into the nearest wall (Aries). Below, three signs who breeze through stress, and three who collapse under the pressure. (And psst: your moon sign represents your emotions, so read for both your sun and moon signs.)
3 Signs Who Handle Stress Well
1. Taurus (Apr 20 - May 20)
Taurus is represented by the bull, who delights in chewing grass and lounging in sunny pastures. Our Taurus friends value the simple pleasures, too. They like taking things slowly, moving from one task to another in a thorough, methodical fashion. If Taurus has tons on her to-do list, she'll take a deep breath and chip away at each one (with a few snack breaks in between). Grounded and reliable, these earth signs start what they finish and approach busy days with a cool rationality. It’ll all get done, after all.
2. Sagittarius (Nov 22 - Dec 21)
Does an inbox of 300 unread e-mails really matter in the big picture of your existence? Not even close, argues Sag. Ruled by Jupiter, the planet of expansion, Sagittarians see life from a bird’s eye view, soaring above small details and dramas to get at the heart of what’s important. And they use this perspective to guide them through stressful situations. Why would Sagittarius worry about a messy room when she could be exploring the coast of Argentina with an ice-cold Tincho in hand? During our most frazzled moments, Sag inspires us to live a little.
3. Pisces (Feb 19 - Mar 20)
Pisces is often caught up in her dream world, which can serve her well when reality is anything but zen. These free spirits are all about feeling connected, not competitive with others. And their innate selflessness is a powerful stress-buster: By focusing on helping people, Pisces is able to bypass her own worries to serve others. If stress does bubble up, the water signs use their creative gifts as a means of escape. Oil paint those worries away, dear Pisces.
3 Signs Who Don't Handle Stress Well
1. Leo (Jul 23 - Aug 22)
Have a 500-page dissertation due tomorrow? Going skydiving in an hour? Leo is still certain her stress far outweighs yours. At her fiery core, Leo needs validation. And in times of mounting anxiety, she needs assurance that she is, in fact, the most stressed-out person earth. We adore Leo for her dramatic talents, like belting out show tunes and slamming guitar solos, but this drama can carry over into other facets of her life (particularly when things don't got according to plan). Think: falling to the floor in horror when the barista is out of vanilla oat milk.
2. Virgo (Aug 23 - Sept 22)
Virgo sees the world through a magnifying glass, honing in on hundreds of minute details (and flaws). She strives to be perfect—grammatically, hygienically, nutritionally. So when things go awry, say, the paint samples you sent her skew more cream than eggshell, stress is inevitable. To avoid these mishaps, Virgo operates under the illusion that she must take everything on herself, which yep, causes more stress. Virgo anxiously plans for every possible outcome of a situation. So it’s no wonder she rolls up to the beach with SPF 70, bug spray, band-aids and hand sanitizer. Ah Virgo, if only life could run as smoothly as your freshly-ironed sheets.
3. Gemini (May 21 - Jun 20)
Gemini is an air sign…if all the air got sucked up into a giant tornado. Swirling with fears and forgotten tasks, Gemini lives in the constant chaos of her thoughts. “Did I turn the oven off?”; “Do I start this email with “hey” or “hi”?; “Should I buy an RV and move to Alaska?” Gemini’s anxious overthinking coupled with her procrastination make it nearly impossible for her to stick to a schedule. She’ll start working on her tax return for three minutes, decide she must learn the latest TikTok dance and then remember she’s late to a conference call. With so many unfinished projects on her plate, frenetic Gemini feels perpetually behind. This can lead to burnout, so go get some sleep, Gem.