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Stress Questions and Answers (Q&A)

Whether or not you are a working professional or a student, you can sometimes feel stressed and burnt out. Workplace stress is when a demand to do certain things exceeds our capabilities or abilities to finish the tasks at hand on a given time and job-related pressures arise from doing so many work. There are many causes for job stress, but it can result mainly from our own characteristics and our working conditions.

Here are a few symptoms of job stress: headache, lack of sleep, short temper, lack of focus, and job dissatisfaction. We all know that we love challenges, because we feel relaxed, fulfilled and satisfied when we finally overcome a challenge, but if this challenge has turned into demands that cannot be met, we can no longer feel relaxed, fulfilled and satisfied. Rather, we will start to feel exhausted and stressed.

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B. Counselors and psychotherapists engage in the same behaviors, but in different proportions

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Stress models contain the following common themes:

1. Stimuli – These are the demands or stressors that tax an individual and cause feelings of stress or anxiety.

2. Psychological response – This is the way that the individual responds to the stimuli. Each stimulus has the possibility of triggering a different set of psychological responses in the individuals, which can ultimately have an effect on the individual’s wellbeing.

3. Resources – These are the buffers or moderators between the stimuli and the stress outcome.

4. Perception and cognition – This refers to the way in which people process and react to the stress. It is different for each person. These common themes are important in determining how human beings naturally respond to stress stimuli.

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There are plenty of ways to relieve stress. One scientifically-proven way has been to sing for about ten minutes. So, belt out in your room on a night you feel down and stressed out, or listen to music and hum as you do homework or clean. Some people feel better after they’ve done some exercise, and others feel better after they watch a movie. If the stress is anxiety related, you should try watching a movie you know the plot to well; this familiarity and knowing how it ends can help calm your anxiety, and therefore reduce your stress.

Other options to reduce stress include a massage, a long bath, a warm shower, reading a book, and even writing in a journal.

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Stress is a normal physiological response to stressors (external/internal stimuli that allows homeostasis)

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