(1) Interview a friend, family member, or classmate regarding how they handle stress.
The questions you ask should include but not be limited to:
>Tell me about a stressful situation you have recently encountered.
>What made it stressful?
>How did you feel?
>How did you react?
>Is this typically how you handle stressful situations? Why or why not?
(2) In Microsoft Word (12-point font, double-spaced), type the questions you asked as well as the interviewee’s responses.
(3) Summarize how you feel the interviewee handles stress by answering the following questions. Please be generous in your explanation as there is a 500-word minimum on the summary.
>Do you feel that they handled their stress in a positive way? Why or why not?
>What suggestions can you make?
Interview on Stress Management
Stress is a normal reaction of the human body to any change that requires a form of adjustment or response – physical, mental, or emotional. This paper is an interview with an aim to discover how an average person deals with stress and stressful situation, thus elaborating whether it is effective or not. Moreover, the paper give suggestions in regard to better handling of stress and stressful situations.
- Tell me about a stressful situation you have recently encountered.
There is this one time I was in New York City for the holidays with my three lovely daughters. At around 11 pm, after checking in to our hotel, I found out that two of my daughters were not in their rooms. One hour past midnight, I was extremely stressed – especially since they all left their phones in the hotel room and none of them has ever been to such big a city. This was a stressful situation that almost drove me nuts.
- What made it stressful?
First, it was late at night in a city none of my beloved daughters have ever been to. Secondly, all of them left their phones at the hotel room and I could thus not reach them. Moreover, their sister had no idea of where they might have gone at that time since she had already fallen asleep by the time they left. Being a large city, all possibilities of calamities crossed my mind – making it stressful.
- How did you feel?
I felt frustrated and overwhelmed with negative thoughts. I then panicked and started blaming the hotel for allowing them to leave at that time in the night.
- How did you react?
First, I went to the hotel reception and asked whether they were seen going out. I then called the police who promised to help me search for them. Then, I took a picture of them and walked around the city asking of their whereabouts. They were eventually found by a group of police officers in a concert enjoying themselves.
- Is this typically how you handle stressful situations? Why or why not?
I do not usually call the authorities in most stressful situations as I always believe I can handle them by myself. However, in an extremely stressful situations as such, I would look for help from any available person.
Analysis of the answers
Was the stress handled in a positive way?
To some extent, the interviewee handled the situation positively. This is majorly the case as he takes control of the situation, becomes active, and actually moves around trying to solve the problem at hand. First, asking the hotel reception first was the right move in order to decide whether to look for them within the hotel premises or out in the city. Moreover, in his state of panic, he did not allow his emotions to overtake him but rather he did what was right – trying to solve the situation, which is uncommon with most people. Secondly, having thought of all possible solutions to the problems by himself, he decided to seek help from other individuals. The interviewee engaged the hotel management and they probably used technology (CCTV cameras) to ascertain whether they were really within the hotel premises or they had left.
In addition, being in an extremely stressful situation, the interviewee considered asking for help from the police – who are qualified in doing such jobs. This was actually one of the best moves he made during the whole process. This is because it indicated a high level of mindfulness, which helps even in stressful situations. However, the interviewee mentions that he had negative thoughts crossing his mind from time to time. As much as this is a normal reaction for a father who is stressed, developing negative thoughts could induce bad choices or even negative effects of stress such as headache and dizziness – which would reduce his effectiveness in solving the issue at hand. Generally, the interviewee handled the situation in a positive and mature way despite being both emotional and stressful.
What suggestions can you make?
First, I would highly recommend maintaining a positive mindset at all times, which allows the brain to function properly and come up with the best ideas to solve a situation at hand. Moreover, accepting the situation and not pointing fingers to anyone, which is the case with the father who blames the hotel, is helpful to concentrate on the solution more than the problem. This is because blaming other people only provokes taking action against them, which ends up not solving the situation but rather making it harder for both parties to help solve the problem. Additionally, I would recommend connecting with as many people as possible to help solve the situation. This can be in the form of discussion with other people – to reduce the psychological impact of the problem while also helping to come up with other ways of solving the problem. In addition, being prepared for the possibility of such situations occurring helps reduce their effects as well as having an elaborate plan that could solve the situation. Lastly, I would recommend calming oneself down and looking after oneself. The interviewee could have avoided panicking by taking several deep breaths and developing a positive attitude, which helps to develop confidence and thus a sense of control of the situation. Similarly, the interviewee ought to have looked after himself – both mentally and physically – allowing him to handle the situation in a more elaborate and efficient manner.