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Is Your Stress Contagious?

Stress is everywhere, but fighting it off can be simple by following these tips.

tressed has become the default setting in our busy lives. We are stressed about the economy, stressed about safety, stressed about our health and stressed about our personal lives.

And, if we aren’t careful, this steady diet of stress will affect not only our own health, but it can also negatively impact the people around us.

Experts agree that stress can be contagious for a number of reasons: The person who is stressed may be guilty of making co-workers and family members uncomfortable and on edge. Consequently, one may be so empathetic to someone else’s hardship that they take on the burden of stress that isn’t even theirs to carry.

Obviously, there’s no shortage of stress out there — but we don’t need to pass it around like a plate of hors d'oeuvres.

When we endure too much stress, it can have adverse effects on our bodies, like high blood pressure or an increased risk of a heart attack. It can put a strain on work and family life and cause unneeded frustration. But what can we do to combat this everyday enemy?

Quiet Time In the Morning
Starting your day off on the right foot is essential to fighting stress before it starts. Imagine the last time you woke up early, had a nice breakfast and made it to work with time to spare. Now imagine the last time you overslept, sped to the drive-thru for a cup of coffee and had to face the fact that you were the last one to arrive at your desk. Making sure your mornings are as peaceful as possible gives you a fresh start right out the gate and allows you to focus on your tasks and not your feelings.

Lack of sleep is a major culprit when it comes to stress. We are far better equipped to deal with stressful situations when we are rested. Don’t believe it? Try negotiating with a toddler who has missed his or her nap.


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Even small bursts of exercise throughout the day will boost your endorphin level, which is known to combat stress and depression. If you face a stressful situation in the workplace, consider climbing a few flights of stairs for five minutes to get your heart rate up and your blood flowing. This will not only give you a temporary energy boost, but will also release negative energy.

Let it Go
If you are on the receiving end of someone else’s stress, take a moment to breathe deeply and remind yourself that, just because he or she is stressed, it doesn’t mean you have to follow suit.

Depending on the source, you may not be able to walk away from the stress completely, say if it is a pressing work obligation or health problem. But you can do your part without absorbing the effects of outside stress. When you have a clear mind, you will be better equipped to assist those around you.

Remember, when people are agitated and lashing out, it says more about them than it does about you. Bottom line, you don’t have to receive the unwanted gift of another’s frustration. And if you are the person carrying the stress, try to be considerate of those around you. Doing so, will ultimately reduce the overall negative atmosphere and lead to a more peaceful tomorrow for everyone.

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