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* 12 Stress, Anxiety, Excitement (p.3 of 9)


12.9   When you ask if a person is alright


Are you alright?   Listen   A “Are you going through this situation well?”   < – “No. I cut my hand and it hurts.”>

Are you doing alright?   Listen   < – “Yes, thank you. I’m just minding my own business.”>

Are you OK?   Listen   < – “I’m fine.”>

Are you doing OK?   Listen   < – “I’m just a little tired.”>

Is everything OK?   Listen   A “Is everything well with you in this situation?”   < – “Not really. I feel sick.”>

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12.10   When you ask why a person looks unhappy


What’s wrong?   Listen   A “What bad has happened?”   < – “I have a headache.”>

What happened?   Listen   < – “I broke up with my girlfriend.”>

What’s with you?   Listen   A “Why do you look so depressed?”   < – “My beloved little dog is sick.”>

What’s the matter?   Listen   < – “Oh, heavens! Don’t ask.”>

What’s got you down?   Listen   A “What has made you unhappy?”   <“Oh, nothing. Alice left me.”>

Has something got you down?   Listen   A “Has something made you unhappy?”   < – “My sister is in trouble. I have to help her.”>

Has life got you down?   Listen   A “Has life made you unhappy?”   < – “No, I’m all right… Trying to be…”>

Are things getting you down?   Listen   A “Are things making you unhappy?”   < – “Well, it’s been a hard day.”>

Why do you look so sad?   Listen   < – “Well, it’s just life”>

Why are your eyes so sad?   Listen   < – “It’s just one of those days.”>

Why is your face so long?   Listen   < – “I have a hard time making ends meet.”>

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12.11   When a person is stressed out


Relax.   Listen   <“I’m a bundle of nerves.” – “Relax.”>

Calm down.   Listen   <“I’m so mad.” – “Calm down.”>

Be calm.   Listen   <“Everything is getting on my nerves.” – “Be calm.”>

Calm yourself.   Listen   <“I’m sitting on pins and needles.” – “Calm yourself.”>

Cool off.   Listen   <“I feel like I’m losing my mind.” – “Cool off.”>

Cool down.   Listen   <“I’m going nuts.” – “Cool down.”>

Chill out.   Listen   <“This is more than I can take.” – “Chill out.”>

Take it easy.   Listen   A “You don’t need to be stressed out.”   <“I’m furious.” – “Take it easy.”>

Take a deep breath.   Listen   <“I can’t take another problem.” – “Take a deep breath.”>

Breathe deeply.   Listen   <“I’m depressed.” – “Breathe deeply.”>

There is always light at the end of the tunnel.   Listen   A “There is always hope in an unfavorable situation.”   <“I lost my job. I’m scared.” – “There’s always light at the end of the tunnel.”>

Help is on the way.   Listen   A “You will be helped.”   <“I am discouraged. I feel like a fish out of water.” – “Your mommy is flying in this weekend. Help is on the way.”>

Don’t worry.   Listen   A “Don’t be too stressed out. Everything will be OK.”   <“I think I left the car unlocked. I’m so absent-minded.” – “Don’t worry. I locked it.”>

Not to worry.   Listen   A “There is nothing to worry about.”   <“There is a chance we’ll be late for our train.” – “Not to worry. They have a train every half an hour.”>

Don’t worry so much.   Listen   <“I’m so nervous about my presentation.” – “Don’t worry so much. Everything will be all right.”>

Don’t worry about a thing.   Listen   A “Everything will be taken care of.”   <“I am a first-time home buyer. I have never dealt with so much paperwork.” – “Don’t worry about a thing. The lawyer is taking care of everything.”>

Don’t worry yourself sick.   Listen   <“I’ve been unemployed for quite a while already. I failed to find a decent job.” – “Don’t worry yourself sick. Just try harder.”>

Don’t worry yourself sick over it.   Listen   <“I forgot to pay my credit card bill.” – “Don’t worry yourself sick over it. The balance you owe is low, so a penalty they impose on you will be small.”>

Don’t trouble yourself.   Listen   <“My husband is working too hard.” – “Don’t trouble yourself. Husbands should work. This is what they are for.”>

Don’t lose sleep over it.   Listen   <“Where is my wallet? Have I lost it?” – “Don’t lose sleep over it. Your girlfriend’s picture was the only valuable thing in it.”>

Don’t fret.   Listen   <“Oh, my! I saw a snake on the driveway!” – “Don’t fret. Snakes are afraid of people more than people are afraid of snakes.”>

Don’t sweat it.   Listen   A “Don’t perspire over it. Don’t worry.”   <“Good grief! I think I lost my driver’s license.” – “Don’t sweat it. They’ll give you a new one.”>

Let it be.   Listen   A “You can’t change the situation, so stop worrying about it.”   <“I can’t get over his rude remark. I need to do something about it.” – “Let it be. He didn’t mean any harm.”>

Let it go.   Listen   <“He jeered at me in the presence of my colleagues! Can you believe that?” – “Let it go. You’ll find a way to get even with him.”>

Let’s talk about it.   Listen   A “Let me talk with you about your problem and help you resolve it.”   <“My wife doesn’t like me. My boss doesn’t respect me. I think I’ve got a problem.” – “Let’s talk about it. I believe I can help you.”>

There is no point in crying.   Listen   A “Crying won’t help you.”   <“There is no point in crying over spilled milk.”>

Stop being hysterical.   Listen   <“I’m driving as fast as I can. Stop being hysterical. We’ll be at the airport in the nick of time.”>

Close your eyes and count to ten.   Listen   <“I had a job interview. Now I’m anxiously waiting to hear back from the company.” – “Close your eyes and count to ten. Everything will be fine.”>

You’ll send yourself to an early grave.   Listen   <“Don’t work overtime every day. You will send yourself to an early grave.”>

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12.12   When there is no reason to overreact


It’s no big deal.   Listen   A “It’s not really a problem.”   <“So, you lost your driver’s license? It’s no big deal. They will issue you a duplicate.”>

What’s the problem?   Listen   A “There is no really a problem there.”   <“Your girlfriend left you? What’s the problem? You didn’t get along anyway. Consider it as an opportunity rather than a drama.”>

So what?   Listen   A “Why is it important?”   <“Your car is sure dirty.” – “So what? A next rain will wash it.”>

You are making a mountain out of a mole hill.   Listen   A “You are presenting a minor issue as a major one.”   <“Our company has some financial problems. But we aren’t going to close down. You are making a mountain out of a mole hill.”>

Don’t get yourself all bent out of shape.   Listen   A “Don’t get angry.”   <“The recession is deep, and you lost much money. Don’t get yourself all bent out of shape, though. This is not the end of the world.” >

Don’t blow it out of proportion.   Listen   A “Don’t exaggerate the importance of what is happening.”   <“Indeed, newspapers and magazines are losing subscribers. But this business is far from being over. Don’t blow it out of proportion.”>

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