Describe How You Behaved In A Stressful Situation – IELTS Cue Card
Describe How You Behaved In A Stressful Situation
You can say
- What was the stressful situation
- How you went through it
- How did it effect you
Sample Answer 1
I am a believer of the adage – “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade”. So, whenever I face a difficult situation in life, I try to diffuse it by focusing on the next important task at hand. It helps me to complete another task as well as divert my mind until the worst is over. Unfortunately, this does not work in all cases.
A few years earlier, one night, my father fell seriously ill and later, in the morning, when we took him to the doctor, we were informed that he had a minor heart attack. Further, the doctor added that he had three blockages that should be operated on immediately, or it might cause a fatal attack. Initially, my mother broke down, but when I explained to her that we needed to act quickly, she recovered. We asked the doctor to admit my father and begin the process and a few tests were to be conducted before the actual bypass surgery.
To be honest, it was challenging for me to keep my cool. There was a fear of losing my father and yet, I had to be strong for my parents. The whole process will require a huge amount of money and belonging to a middle-class family, we did not have such an amount in hand. To add to our misfortune, the banks had been on strike for a few days and therefore, I became anxious about how to collect such a huge amount of money. My mother and I tried to contact some relatives we knew might help. Although most of them gave lame excuses, I did not lose hope. Eventually, we collected an amount, but it was not enough and we were planning to sell some jewelry. But, like a godsend, people from my office contacted us and solved all our woes. We did not have to worry after that.
Whenever I think of those days, it brings tears to my eyes. Yet, I am thankful to God that he helped us understand how our own people leave our side in times of need and people from whom we least expect, come to us as saviors. This situation toughened me to a large extent and gave me an outlook that I think will help me in life.
Sample Answer 2
At times we get tense and irritated, physically or emotionally. Physical stress can lead to physical illness. I feel that stress is one thing in which we lose our energy and our brain activity slows down. Recently I faced a stressful situation with my faculty. I have lost all my end- term projects that led to a scary situation.
I have never experienced such a stressful situation before. The day before my end term submission, my laptop collapsed, and all my files were removed from all the folders. I had no backups. There were no files left in the trash box, and the software was getting updated thrice. I called my faculty and told them all the problems and issues that I was facing. But he was not ready to accept my late submission. Instead told me to start over the project again and submit it on the exact submission date. I was flummoxed and frustrated thinking about how I will complete a 500-page presentation in one day.
My design subject faculty was not a tender-hearted person. His attitude and behavior with every student was very rude. I was able to submit my project a day after the deadline. My faculty had ignored all my phone calls and messages and had not entertained any such arguments from me and gave very less marks in the end term.
- Flummoxed: perplexed or bewildered
Eg: He was flummoxed.
- Collapsed: Having fallen down or given away
Eg: The device collapsed because of a wrong data input
- Tense: tension
Eg: He was tense after seeing his ill mother.
- Tender hearted: having a kind, gentle, or sentimental nature.
Eg: He is a tender hearted person.