Questions to discover stress triggers

As a life coach, asking open-ended questions can be an effective way to help your client explore their triggers of and responses to stress. Here are some examples of open-ended questions that you can use during a coaching session:

  1. What situations at work, home, socially, financially, or in your relationships tend to make you feel stressed?
  2. Can you describe a recent situation that caused you stress?
  3. How do you typically react when you’re feeling stressed?
  4. What thoughts or feelings tend to accompany your stress?
  5. Can you think of any patterns in the situations that tend to cause you stress?
  6. What coping strategies have you used in the past to deal with stress?
  7. Have you noticed any physical symptoms when you’re feeling stressed?
  8. How does stress impact other areas of your life, such as your relationships or work?
  9. What would you like to change about your response to stress?
  10. What resources or support do you think would be helpful for managing your stress?

It’s important to keep in mind that open-ended questions are meant to encourage exploration and reflection, so it’s important to give your client the time and space to fully answer. Additionally, these questions should be tailored to your client’s individual needs and goals and should be asked in a non-judgmental and empathetic manner to create a safe space for exploration.

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