The Relationship Between Stress and Communication


Stress is a common part of everyone’s life. Simply put, it is how our body reacts to something that is currently happening or has happened to us in the past. This reaction can cause physical and/or mental strain.

Communication Stress can easily manifest itself through communication. When someone is stressed, they may become frustrated or angry more easily. When emotions run high, a person can have a difficult time choosing the correct words or tone.

Alternatively, when a person feels stressed, they might decide to withdraw from communication and become more reclusive. This withdrawal from friends and family can create a barrier between the person and the help and support they might need.

Public speaking is also a cause of stress. This stressor can trigger a fight or flight response, leading to the person avoiding public speaking or interacting with crowds.

Identifying Causes of Stress It’s important to understand the source of stress. Sometimes, it might not be easy to understand where its actually coming from. It’s not uncommon to have to cope with high levels of stress without knowing its source.

Not everyone has the same “stress triggers.”  While school or work tasks might cause some stress, stress might manifest itself in social situations for others. Once your specific triggers are identified, you can start assembling a plan to manage them.

Increase Communication Occasionally, there will be times in our lives when no one is able to help with our stress. Often, though, stress can be reduced with proper communication with others.

At work, communicate your stress with your boss.  Discuss your responsibilities and expectations. While your work load may not lessen, the conversation might help find clarity and also create an awareness of your stress.

In relationships, communicating early is crucial to avoiding stress with friends, spouses and other loved ones. It’s easier to express emotions and thoughts early, opposed to letting a situation  escalate.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed and stressed in life, you can always turn to your EAP. Seeking professional help and discussing your emotions can lessen the intensity of sadness, anger, pain and stress. Call your BHS Care Coordinator today, at 800-245-1150, to discuss available options.

BHS is the parent company of Safety First