How to work out with a stressed person

Stressed people are unconsciously transferring their feelings to people around them. That’s why the most affected are the persons that spend most of their time with these persons and I refer to family and work colleagues.

A major characteristic of these people is that they are continuously nervous and stressed because of a specific think. But the more they stress, the more they will not find a solution and will be unable to control the situation.

If you have a discussion with a person that walks from one side of the room to another, asking questions with no answers, it will make you lose your focus and attention. How can you handle this situation?

Terri Guillemets had a great saying: “Give your stress wings and let it fly away! Easy to say, a little bit more difficult to implement.
To give “stress wings” you first must help your friend/colleague recognize the stress. In most cases a stressed person will feel exhaustion, will have loss or increased food appetite, will have headaches, will cry and will have serious problems with sleeplessness. Once he admitted the stress you can start helping him to get over.

  • - Keeping your calm is one of the best things you can do. You will transfer your state of mind to your friend. A negative, aggressive and hyper active attitude will maintain a stressed atmosphere, while calm and relaxing attitude will ease things significantly.
  • - Say something positive. Keeping his moral up is the second most important thing to accomplish.
  • - Search for solutions and write down all possible situations your friend/colleague might be drawn in.
  • - Give examples of similar situation if possible and how other persons handled it.
  • - Make him believe that this is a good situation and it could be worst.
  • - Assure him that he can always count on your help and that he does not have to face the problem by his own.
  • - “Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one.” ~ Hans Selye

I know that many of you might find it difficult dealing with stressed people but at one point in our lives we all have to get over a stressing situation. That’s why you should know how important is to have someone to count on.

Maturity is achieved when a person accepts life as full of tension.” ~Joshua L. Liebman

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