From the survey, we have found out that 71% respondents have family members or people in their social circle who have experience stress before.
3/64 or roughly 5% of the respondents have never experienced stress before.
Theme 1: Causes of Stress
Causes of Stress
Our findings show that majority of our respondents are getting stressed due to School Matters such as Exams and CCAs.
Quote from respondent: “Exams, the expectations of people, studies, CCA etc.” - Muhammad Harith Bin Samri
Theme 2: Effects of stress
According to our respondents, some of the Effects of stress are:
-Health affected (Insomnia, sweating, headaches, no appetite, emotionally unstable, movements are slow)
-Lost of confidence
-Getting angry easily
-Acting differently or unusual
-Social Life affected (losing friends, alone all the time, etc.)
-Losing interest in things he/she once enjoyed
Here are some examples from our respondents:
“He would not be interacting to anyone and would ignore even their best friends.” - Lucian Ho
“He would be spending time alone, he might not want to talk to anyone, he would also have some changes in character” -
Kaung Htet Wai Yan
Based on our collated responses, the most severe effect of stress is having the victim’s health affected by headaches, lack of sleep, loss of appetite, etc.
these effects of stress are similar to those stated by WebMD .
Theme 3: How to help people with stress
Helping people to deal with stress varies on the causes of stress. Some ways that we can help people who are suffering from stress as suggested by our respondents are:
-Using a Stress ball
-Doing things of interests or hobbies
-Seek advice from parents or councillors
-Give them something to eat
Good stress can be helpful at time to motivate a person to complete a task, however negative stress can make a person very fed up with the task at hand. We should try to help sufferers of this as this can develop into long-term illnesses such as depression or anxiety if not cured.
Eyeballing of Verbatim
I: Why do you think students tend to get stressed?
S: What do you think? what about you? You are a student, have you ever been stressed before?
S: Okay so what could be the reason?
I: well thats for counsellor to..
S: I don't know, you tell me
I: Like, because of homework?
S: Okay, lets start off with that and what about homework? Do students feel that there is too much homework or is it that they cannot cope with it?
S: Okay but sometimes they also can be distracted not doing their homework, they could be on the computer, doing part homework, part other things. and then by the time it is time to sleep, they feel that they cannot complete the homework. Multitasking, that could be one problem, not really being focused on the homework. For others, if you want to say part of the stress if you are looking at the different category of students. especially for the sec 1, some of them could be adjustments, coming to a new school, making friends, wanting to be part of the group, wanting to be popular. We also have the secondary 3 students, they could also be going through transitions because they are going into a new class.
I: Okay, second question is what are the causes of stress in students?
S: I guess the part of the causes in stress is what we just mentioned earlier on, like fitting in. juggling for example work with their social life, part of it also can be juggling with homework with the CCAs and long hours spent, not knowing how to handle, not knowing which one is their priority. sometime spent a lot of time on Facebook. What about hormonal changes? Puberty can also indirectly has a cause effect on stress, especially when we talk about hormonal changes. Sometimes you have the emo effect when you come to an age of 13?12?And is not like you create your own stress but sometimes you just don't know how to control your moods. Have you ever gone through it? I mean you 2 boys, how old are you?
S: Yeah, do you feel sometimes you just wake up in the afternoon and you just feel miserable? and then the next moment you are okay. And family problems? some of them may have parents always complaining, nagging and sometimes fighting. So all these could be accumulation when you come home wanting to relax and feel that the house is not your sanctuary or even more stressful.
I: So how do you think we could help out the students in stress?
S: I think that the most important is observe them, observation. Because you wouldn't know who is stressed and who is not. No one is going to come up to you and say "hey i am stressed" not everybody does that. But if you have a friend in class that and if you feel perhaps not concentrating, he is sleeping or sometimes he could be dazed, could be sleepy, or you could even ask him sometimes if he is abit stressed out, you know what’s happening, sometimes even in term of his behaviour, the way he speaks.
* Julian comes into room*
I: What do you think students could do when they are undergoing stress
S: I think first of all we have to find out what is the root cause for that. What creates the stress, if it is time management for example because he doesn't know how to schedule his time, he doesn't know what his priorities are. then maybe you have to sit down and discuss with him, what is important now, a timetable perhaps, that would be one. Two, if it is body image issue that he is under stress, help him with it. Maybe some of them , maybe is a girl, she is worried about her appearance, her looks. Give her some confidence, in terms of looks are not everything, maybe little pet talks, that would be an area of concern. And the most important is prioritizing. What is his first priority? Is it his friends, is it computer games, is it his studies? and so i think the most important before we even look into in terms of how can we help, we need to know what is the source of the stress and then from there we will work it out step by step, and another last thing to tell him that whatever it is, he needs time for himself. That is important, he can relax, listen to music, just close his eyes, just do nothing. But you have to explain to them that they have their private personal time and they have to be very defensive. another thing is also visualisation, this is a very interesting technique that sometimes we use in therapy where you just close your eyes, just for 10 min, learning how to breathe in and out because that helps your breathing and imagine something peaceful, imagine a place when you want to be right now, a comfortable place, so these are techniques that sometimes you can use anywhere you want.
I: So how does stress affect people around them?
S: When the person is stressed, do you get the best out of them? What comes out of them?
Julian: Negative energy
S: Exactly, negative energy, part of the negative energy, they have mood swings sometimes, they feel very irritable, they can be very critical, they can be very cranky. If is not good kind of stress, and it is affecting other people around them in a bad way, they become very toxic. Because of them, they are causing a lot of other people to be very unhappy when they are with them. And that makes people very miserable.
1. Causes of Stress
- not focused
- new environment
- fitting in
- juggling between school work and social life
- don’t know how to prioritise
- hormonal changes
- parent-child relationships
- inability to manage -mood swings
2. How to help people with stress
-Observe their behaviour
-Ask him if he or she is stressed
-Find out the root cause of stress
-Set up a timetable to manage priorities.
-make small talk
3. How does stress affect the victim or people around them
-Negative energy is produced
-make the people around the victim unhappy