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Conversation Questions

Mind, Body and Health

  • What do you do to relax after working hard or experiencing other challenging or stressful situations?
  • Do you think life is more stressful today than fifty years ago?
    • Than one hundred years ago?
    • Than in the distant past?
  • Has life been more stressful for you in Canada or in the country where you lived before? Why?
  • Have you ever practiced yoga?
    • If so, when was it, who was your teacher?
    • What was your experience like?
  • Have you ever done meditation?
    • If so, who was the teacher and what was their instruction?
    • What was your experience?
  • In what ways are mind and body connected?
  • Can you give some examples of how mind and body are connected, from your own experience.
  • What is stress?
  • What causes stress?
  • How does stress affect you?
  • Do you have a kind of red warning flag that indicates too much stress?
  • When you are stressful, how do you feel physically?
    • Do you feel tired during the day?
    • Can you sleep well at night?
    • Does your stomach hurt?
  • When you are stressed, how do you feel emotionally?
    • Do you feel nervous or worried about the stressful situation?
    • Do you get angry easily?
  • Have you ever helped someone who was feeling stressed?
    • What did you do?
    • What kind of advice did you give them?
    • Did you listen to them?
    • Who did most of the talking?
    • Did you take some actions to help them? If so, what were they?
  • Have you ever helped someone that you didn’t know?
  • What are qualities of a good counselor?
    • Is it necessary to have shared the same experience?
    • Is it important to be an expert?
    • Is it better to listen or to talk a lot when you counsel someone?
  • Do you think stress is ever good, useful, or necessary? Why or why not?
  • Do you play games, sports or do other activities that can be stressful?
  • Is stress good before an exam?
    • In what situations can stress be a good thing? Does stress ever make you feel more alive?
  • If you are playing a sport and your team is losing, does it give you extra energy?
  • Is your home life stressful?
    • Can you relax at home?
  • Do you enjoy having discussions about politics with other people who have different opinions?Personal Stress
  • Have you felt stress recently?
  • Did the stressful feeling last a long time or a short time?
  • Had the cause of the stress happened to you before or was this a new situation?
  • How often do you think you feel too much stress?
  • Do you feel too busy sometimes?
  • In what way does a too full schedule lead to stress?
  • Do you like being busy?
  • If you are very busy at work or at school, do you have ways to balance your life?
  • If you have nothing to do, do you enjoy yourself or do you get bored?
  • Does stress make it hard for you to think or act?
  • How can you judge what is the right amount of stress for you?
  • Is your stress caused by relationships with other people?
    • At work?
    • At school?
    • At home?
    • With best friends?
    • With partners?
    • Can you think of some examples?
  • Does stress come when you worry about your life?
  • Do you keep your worries a secret from other people?
  • Do you have anyone you can talk to when you are worried?
  • When did we start talking about stress as a psychological condition?
  • What do you do when you have stressStressful Situations
  • Are there situations that you find stressful?
  • Do you feel tense when you meet someone for the first time?
  • Do you get nervous if you have to make a speech?
  • Do you suffer from stress when you have too much work to do?
  • Do you work or study for long hours under stressful conditions?
  • Does the place you live have a low-stress environment?
  • Can you be alone as much as you like?
  • Can you be with friends as often as you like?
  • Is it easy for you to make decisions about important things?
  • Can you relax when you are sleeping away from home?
  • In what kinds of situations do you observe other people feeling stressed?
  • What are some situations that you enjoy?
  • What are some situations that make you feel stressful?
  • How can you eliminate stressful situations?
  • Can you plan a low-stress, cheap, one-day holiday?Controlling Stress
  • How do you relieve stress?
  • What stresses you out?
  • Do you have a stressful lifestyle?
  • How do you get control of a stressful situation that is getting too tough?
  • What is the “fight or flight” response?
    • How does it relate to stress?
  • Do you enjoy the feeling of being stressed?
  • If you are feeling stressed, what do you do?
  • Do you like to relax or be active when stressful?
  • Are you capable of relieving your stress or do you need help?
  • Can alcohol cure stress temporarily?Living Stress Free
  • How can you live a stress free life?
    • Can you give five suggestions that would be inexpensive?
    • Can you give five suggestions for children?
    • Can you give five suggestions for the wintertime?
  • Give us suggestions for making school life less stressful.
  • When stressful do you like to listen to a certain kind of music?
  • Does it help to go shopping or take a long walk?
  • Do you like to be alone or be with other people?
  • Do you eat more or eat less?
  • Do certain colors make you feel happier?
  • Do you always follow the same pattern to relieve stress or do you try different things?
  • What are some positive ways people deal with stress?
  • What are some negative ways people deal with stress?
  • How do you deal with stress?
  • What is the most stressful experience you have ever had?
  • When was the most stressful time of your life?
    • Did you learn anything from that experience?
  • What do you think is the greatest cause of stress for most people?
  • What is your greatest cause of stress?
  • Do you deal with stress differently that your parents do/did? If so, how?
  • Do you know of anyone who likes to break things or become violent when they are stressed? What have they broken? What kind of violence do they do?
  • What is the most stressful job you can think of?
  • What is the least stressful job you can think of?
  • Which would you choose?
    • A stressful job with very high pay or a relaxing job with considerably low pay? Why?
  • Is being single less stressful than married life?
    • What are the advantages and disadvantages of each?
  • How do you reduce stress in your life?
    • Do you think they would be considered good or bad ways of dealing with stress?
    Assorted Questions
  • Are you a member of a health spa/gym?
  • Are you afraid of needles?
  • Are you healthy?
  • Are your parents healthy?
  • Do think that you need to lose weight?
  • Do you always eat healthy food?
    • Is your diet healthy?
  • Do you bruise easily?
  • Do you catch a cold more than once a year?
  • Do you consider alcohol a drug?
  • Do you drink a lot?
  • Do you eat a lot of vegetables?
  • Do you eat lots of fruit?
  • Do you eat vegetables every day?
  • Do you ever get headaches?
    • Do you know anyone who suffers from migraine headaches?
  • Do you ever read magazines or news articles about health?
    • If yes, what subject(s) do you find the most interesting?
  • Do you exercise?
    • What kind of exercise do you do? How often do you exercise?
  • Do you go for regular medical check-ups?
  • Do you go to the dentist’s twice a year?
  • Do you have a lot of stress?
  • Do you normally go one doctor in particular or any available doctor?
  • Do you have any allergies?
  • Do you have any scars?
  • Do you know anyone who suffers from backaches?
  • Do you know anyone with false teeth?
  • Do you often eat fast food?
  • Do you smoke?
    • If so, do you smoke more than two cigarettes a day?
  • Do you think smoking is not bad for your health?
  • Do you take medicine when you are sick?
  • Do you take vitamins or mineral supplements?
  • Do you take vitamins?
  • Do you think it is unhealthy to keep a cat in your home?
  • Do you think nuclear power is safe?
  • Do you think pets are good for a person’s health
  • Do you think that the tobacco companies should be held reasonably responsible for a person’s addiction to nicotine?
  • Do you think you are overweight?
  • Do you think you will live until a ripe old age? Why or why not?
  • Do you think you would be a good surgeon? Why or why not?
  • Do you use an alarm clock to wake up?
  • Do you usually get enough sleep?
  • Do you watch your weight? What foods do you think are healthy?
  • Have you ever been hospitalized? (Have you ever been in the hospital?)
  • Have you ever been to an acupuncturist?
    • What do you think of acupuncture?
  • Have you ever broken a bone?
  • Have you ever burned yourself with hot water?
  • Have you ever donated blood?
  • Have you ever gotten a black eye?
  • Have you ever had braces on your teeth?
  • Have you ever had stitches?
  • Have you ever sprained your ankle?
  • Have you ever taken a sleeping pill to get to sleep?
  • How can you reduce stress in your life?
  • How have you been feeling lately?
  • How many hours of sleep do you get a night?
  • How many hours of sleep do you usually get?
  • How often do you eat junk food?
  • What kinds of junk food do you eat?
  • How often do you exercise?
  • How often do you get a cold? (How often do you catch a cold?)
  • How often do you get sick in one year?
  • How often do you go to the doctor’s?
  • How often is garbage collected in your neighborhood?
  • How would you recommend treating a cold?
  • If a company sells the public a product they know to be harmful or addictive, should they be held responsible for the use of that product even if the government approves it?
  • If you smoke, how old were you when you started smoking?
  • If you were President of Korea, what would you do to improve Koreans’ health?
  • Should smoking in restaurants be banned?
  • What are some things people can do to keep healthy?
  • What are some things that cause stress?
  • What are some ways to deal with stress?
  • What are some ways you know that you can personally keep yourself healthy?
  • What disease frightens you the most? Why?
  • What do you do to stay healthy? (What are some things you do to keep healthy?)
  • What do you do, if you can’t get to sleep?
  • What do you think about abortion? Why do some people support it and others are against it?
  • What do you think about getting old?
  • What do you think is the most serious health problem in Korea?
  • What do you think of cosmetic surgery?
    • Do you know anyone who has had cosmetic surgery?
    • Would you ever consider having cosmetic surgery?
  • What drinks to you think are healthy?
    • What drinks do you think are unhealthy?
  • What foods to you think are healthy?
    • What foods do you think are unhealthy?
  • What is the best way to find a doctor, if you’re new in the area?
  • What is the best way to stop smoking?
  • What is the most horrible accident you have ever had?
  • What is the average age of people in your country
  • What kind of pollution is the most risky?
  • What time did you go to bed when you were a child?
  • What’s the best way to stop smoking?
  • What’s the highest temperature you’ve ever had?
  • What’s your blood type?
  • When did you last take a bath?
  • When was the last time you went to a dentist?
  • When was the last time you went to a doctor?
  • When was the last time you went to a hospital?
  • When was the last time you were sick?
  • When you were in high school, how many days of school did you miss each year because of sickness?
  • Who do you think is responsible for the care of your health?
    • yourself, your parents, or your doctor and medical people?
  • Who is the healthiest person in your family?
    • Who is the least healthy?
  • Why do people smoke?
  • Would you consider donating your organs after your death?
  • What is the health service like in your country?
  • What do you think of the health service in this country?
  • How can the health service be improved?
  • Have you been to hospital since you arrived here?
  • What do you know about the SARS virus?
  • What do you know about AIDS?
  • What do you know about the common cold?
  • What is alternative medicine?
  • Have you ever practiced alternative medicine?
  • What treatments or remedies do you follow when you have a cold?
  • Which kind of medicine do you prefer to take when you are sick?