- Positive Self-Talk: Benefits and Techniques ( Readability: 61)
- 5 Pieces Of Expert Advice On Stressing Less– Forbes Health (Readability: 46.4)
- How would you describe your ‘self-talk’? In what ways is it positive or negative?
- Are you a ‘worrier’? Do you spend time and energy being stressed about the past, future and ‘what if’s’ or do you ‘let things go’ pretty easily?
- Which of these is most stressful for you….
(public speaking, taking a test, going on a first date, dealing with family, long flights, big social gatherings, dealing with native speakers of other languages, recording a video for Jeff’s class ….)?
- What else causes you stress? (e.g. money, grades, family, love life, health, future, etc.)
- Who causes you the most stress? Who’s the most/least stressed person you know?
- Which social situations cause you the most stress?
Which professional or academic situations cause you stress?
- What factors affect your stress levels (sleep, diet, exercise, weather, etc.)?
- How does stress affect you physically & emotionally? Any stress habits? (e.g. biting nails)
- How do you usually cope with stress? Which strategies are effective or not?
- What were the most stressful periods of your life?
- What were the least stressful, most carefree periods of your life?
- When do you usually feel the most relaxed or unstressed?
- What do you think is unique about how Koreans experience and cope with stress?
- How do sns and digital life affect your stress positively or negatively?
- What advice would you give to your loved ones about dealing with YOU when you are stressed?
- What do you think of counseling? Do you or people you know have experience with it?
Would you hesitate to seek it out?
- Do you think there’s a difference in how men and women deal with stress?
- Have you ever ‘bitten off more than you can chew’ or felt ‘burnt out’? How did the situation work out?
- How do you ‘let off steam’ after a stressful day?
- In what ways do you practice ‘self-care’? What kind of self-care would you like to do more?
- Do you have a mantra that you say to yourself during difficult situations?
- Resilience (rɪˈzɪliəns) – 회복력 the ability to recover quickly from difficulties or challenges; the capacity to adapt to changing circumstances / Building resilience takes practice and time, but it can help you bounce back from adversity.
- Mindfulness (ˈmaɪndfəlnəs) – 마음의 평화와 전념 the state of being conscious and attentive to one’s present experience, thoughts and feelings / Mindfulness is the practice of staying present and aware of your thoughts and feelings in the moment.
- Coping (ˈkoʊpɪŋ) – 대처 the process of dealing with stress, problems or difficulties; the strategies or skills that one uses to manage stress or emotions. / There are many different ways to cope with stress, such as exercise, meditation, and talking to friends.
- Perception (pərˈsɛpʃən) – 지각 the way that one sees, understands or interprets something; the act of becoming aware of something through the senses / Changing your perception of a situation can help you see it in a more positive light.
- Proactive (proʊˈæktɪv) – 선제적인 taking action to prevent or solve problems before they arise; being prepared and anticipatory rather than reactive and passive / Taking a proactive approach to stress management can help prevent it from becoming overwhelming.
- Boundaries (ˈbaʊndəriz) – 경계 the limits or rules that one sets for oneself or others in terms of what is acceptable or unacceptable behavior / Setting boundaries with others can help reduce stress and maintain healthy relationships.
- Perspective (pərˈspɛktɪv) – 시각 the point of view or angle from which one sees or considers something; a particular attitude or way of thinking about something / Changing your perspective on a problem can help you find a solution.
- Meditation (ˌmɛdɪˈteɪʃən) – 명상 a practice of focusing one’s mind on a single object, thought or activity, usually for a period of time; a technique of achieving a state of calmness, awareness and relaxation. / Practicing meditation can help reduce stress and improve your overall well-being.
- Self-care (sɛlf-ˈkɛr) – 자기 관리 he act of taking care of one’s own physical, mental and emotional health and well-being; the activities or habits that one does to maintain or improve one’s health and happiness. / Prioritizing self-care, such as getting enough sleep and eating well, can help reduce stress.
- Mindset (ˈmaɪndset) – 태도 a set of beliefs, attitudes or opinions that one has about oneself, others or situations; a way of thinking that influences one’s behavior and actions / Adopting a growth mindset can help you approach challenges with a positive attitude and see them as opportunities for learning and growth.
- Self-talk (sɛlf-tɔk) – 자기 대화 the inner dialogue that one has with oneself; the thoughts or words that one says to oneself, either silently or aloud. / Positive self-talk can help boost your confidence and improve your mood.
- Affirmation (ˌæfərˈmeɪʃən) – 확언a positive statement that one says or writes to oneself to affirm one’s worth, abilities or goals; a declaration of truth or confidence / Repeating affirmations, such as “I am worthy” or “I can do this,” can help reframe negative thoughts into positive ones.
- Mindset (ˈmaɪndset) – 태도 a set of beliefs, attitudes or opinions that one has about oneself, others or situations; a way of thinking that influences one’s behavior and actions. / Adopting a growth mindset can help you approach challenges with a positive attitude and see them as opportunities for learning and growth.
- Negative self-talk (ˈnɛgətɪv sɛlf-tɔk) – 부정적 자기 대화 the inner dialogue that one has with oneself that is negative, critical or pessimistic; the thoughts or words that one says to oneself that undermine one’s self-esteem, motivation or happiness. / Negative self-talk can contribute to feelings of anxiety and self-doubt.
- Gratitude (ˈɡrætɪtud) – 감사 the quality of being thankful; the feeling or expression of appreciation for what one has or receives. / Practicing gratitude by focusing on the things you’re thankful for can help shift your mindset to a more positive one.
- Compassion (kəmˈpæʃən) – 연민 the feeling of sympathy or empathy for the suffering or misfortune of others / Practicing self-compassion can help you be kinder to yourself and reduce feelings of self-criticism.
- Positive psychology (ˈpɑzətɪv saɪˈkɑlədʒi) – 긍정 심리학 a branch of psychology that studies the factors and conditions that contribute to human flourishing and well-being / Positive psychology focuses on building resilience and cultivating positive emotions and behaviors.
- Mantra (ˈmæntrə) – 만트라 a word, phrase or sound that is repeated over and over, usually as a form of meditation or prayer / Repeating a mantra, such as “I am strong,” can help reinforce positive beliefs about yourself.
- Self-esteem (sɛlf-ɛsˈtim) – 자존감 the degree of respect or confidence that one has in oneself; the evaluation or judgment of one’s own worth or abilities. / Building self-esteem through positive self-talk and self-care can help you feel more confident in yourself.
- Self-acceptance (sɛlf-ækˈsɛptəns) – 자기 수용 – the recognition and acceptance of oneself as one is, without trying to change or deny one’s flaws or shortcomings; the state of being at peace with oneself. / Practicing self-acceptance means acknowledging and embracing your strengths and weaknesses without judgment.
Idioms & Sayings
- At breaking point (한계점에) – at the stage where one can no longer cope with a difficult or stressful situation; on the verge of collapse or failure. Example: He was at breaking point after working 12 hours a day for a month12.
- Burn out (탈진하다) – to become exhausted or lose interest or enthusiasm due to overwork or stress; to cause someone or something to do so. Example: She burned out after working as a nurse for 10 years32.
- Stress out (스트레스 받다) – to feel very worried, nervous or anxious; to cause someone to feel this way. Example: He stressed out about his exams and couldn’t sleep32.
- Break down (붕괴하다) – to lose control of one’s emotions; to stop working or functioning properly. Example: She broke down in tears when she heard the news32.
- Go to pieces (흔들리다) – to become very nervous or upset and unable to cope; to fall apart emotionally or mentally. Example: He went to pieces after his wife left him32.
- On edge (긴장한) – feeling nervous, tense or anxious; not relaxed or calm. Example: She was on edge before her interview1.
- Bite off more than one can chew (자신의 능력을 넘어서는 일을 하다) – to try to do something that is too difficult, demanding or time-consuming for one’s abilities or resources; to take on more than one can handle. Example: He bit off more than he could chew when he agreed to run the marathon without any training1.
- Have a lot on one’s plate (할 일이 많다) – to have a lot of work, problems or responsibilities; to be very busy or stressed. Example: She has a lot on her plate right now with her job and her kids1.
- Let off steam (기분을 풀다) – to release pent-up energy, anger or stress by doing something active or noisy; to vent one’s emotions. Example: He likes to let off steam by playing video games after work1.
- A weight off one’s shoulders (부담이 덜어지다) – a relief from a heavy burden of worry, responsibility or guilt; a feeling of freedom or relaxation. Example: It was a weight off his shoulders when he finally paid off his debt1.