1. Do you have a kind of red warning flag that indicates too much stress?
  2. Have you been under stress recently?
  3. How do you feel emotionally? Do you feel nervous or worried about stressful situations? Do you get angry easily?
  4. How do you recognize stress in your life?
  5. How does stress affect you?
  6. What causes stress?
  7. What is stress?
  8. When you are stressful, how do you feel physically? Do you feel tired during the day? Can you sleep well at night? Does your stomach hurt?

Helping Others

  1. Have you ever helped someone that you didn’t know?
  2. Have you ever helped someone who was feeling stressful? What did you do? Did you give them advice? Did you listen to them? Did you do most of the talking? Did you take some action to help them?
  3. What are characteristics of a good counselor? Is it necessary to have shared the same experience? Is it important to be an expert? Is it important to be patient?

Good Stress

  1. Are you busy at home?
  2. Can you relax at home?
  3. Do you enjoy having discussions about politics with other people who have different opinions?
  4. Do you like to argue about different ways to do things at work or at home?
  5. Do you play games or sports that are sometimes stressful?
  6. Do you think stress is ever good, useful, or necessary? Why or why not?
  7. Does stress make you feel more alive?
  8. Is your home life stressful?
  9. When can stress be a good thing? If you are playing a sport and your team is losing, does it give you extra energy?

Personal Stress

  1. Do you feel too busy sometimes?
  2. Do you have anyone you can talk to when you are worried?
  3. Do you keep your worries a secret from other people?
  4. Do you like being busy?
  5. Does stress come when you worry about your life?
  6. Does stress make it hard for you to think or act?
  7. Have you felt stress recently? Did the stressful feeling last a long time or a short time? Had the cause of the stress happened to you before or was this a new situation?
  8. How can you judge what is the right amount of stress for you?
  9. How often do you think you feel too much stress?
  10. If you are very busy at work or at school, do you have ways to balance your life?
  11. If you have nothing to do, do you enjoy yourself or do you get bored?
  12. In what way does a too full schedule lead to stress?
  13. Is your stress caused by relationships with other people? At work? At school? At home? With best friends? With partners? Can you think of some examples?
  14. What do you do when you have stress?
  15. When did we start talking about stress as a psychological condition?

Stressful Situations

  1. Are there situations that you find stressful?
  2. Can you be alone as much as you like?
  3. Can you be with friends as often as you like?
  4. Can you relax when you are sleeping away from home?
  5. Do you feel tense when you meet someone for the first time?
  6. Do you get nervous if you have to make a speech?
  7. Do you suffer from stress when you have too much work to do?
  8. Do you work or study for long hours under stressful conditions?
  9. Does the place you live have a low-stress environment?
  10. How can you eliminate stressful situations?
  11. In what kinds of situations do you observe other people feeling stressed?
  12. Is it easy for you to make decisions about important things?
  13. Plan a low stress, cheap, one day holiday.
  14. What are some situations that make you feel stressful?
  15. What are some situations that you enjoy?

Managing Stress

  1. Are you capable of relieving your stress or do you need help?
  2. Can alcohol cure stress temporarily?
  3. Do you enjoy the feeling of being stressed?
  4. Do you have a stressful lifestyle?
  5. Do you like to relax or be active when stressful?
  6. How can you eliminate stressful situations?
  7. How do you get control of a stressful situation that is getting too tough?
  8. How do you relieve stress?
  9. If you are feeling stressed, what do you do?
  10. What is the “fight or flight” response? How does it relate to stress?
  11. What stresses you out?

Stress Free

  1. Do certain colors make you feel happier?
  2. Do you always follow the same pattern to relieve stress or do you try different things?
  3. Do you deal with stress differently than your parents do/did? If so, how?
  4. Do you know of anyone who likes to break things or become violent when they are stressed? What have they broken? What kind of violence do they do?
  5. Give us suggestions for making school life less stressful.
  6. How can you live a stress-free life? Can you give five suggestions that would be inexpensive? Can you give five suggestions for children? Can you give five suggestions for the wintertime?
  7. How do you deal with stress?
  8. How do you reduce stress in your life? Do you think they would be considered good or bad ways of dealing with stress?
  9. Is being single less stressful than married life? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each?
  10. What are some negative ways people deal with stress?
  11. What are some positive ways people deal with stress?
  12. What do you think is the greatest cause of stress for most people?
  13. What is the least stressful job you can think of?
  14. What is the most stressful experience you have ever had?
  15. What is the most stressful job you can think of?
  16. What is your greatest cause of stress?
  17. When stressful do you like to listen to a certain kind of music? Does it help to go shopping or take a long walk? Do you like to be alone or be with other people? Do you eat more or eat less?
  18. When was the most stressful time of your life? Did you learn anything from that experience?
  19. Which would you choose: A stressful job with very high pay or a relaxing job with considerably low pay? Why?

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