As highlighted by Psychologist Kelly McGonigal in her TED presentation, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Kelly also urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others. So in order to help our clients, and the coach, understand their stress better it may be useful to understand what stress means to them (see the table below). Questions that may be useful to uncover what type of stress people are experiencing are: What is stress to you?  If you were to use another word to describe your situation, what would that be?  Stress is a word, and like any word has a different meaning for different people.  What does it mean to you? How does your experience of stress interfere with your work?  How does it limit you? (Rob McNeilly)


New definition of stress What’s the concern
Overwhelmed More time, more support, less work
Tense Relaxation
Too Busy Time to do nothing
Confused Direction clarity
Over tired Rest
Fearful Security
Trying to cope with change Learning to cope with change
Bored Interests
Not challenged enough Challenged
Worried Trust in the future
Resentful Forgiveness of another
Resigned Generating future possibilities
Procrastination Taking action
Out of Control Sense of control


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