If you’ve ever felt like you’ve caught a bad mood from someone, it probably wasn’t your imagination.
A couple weeks ago I came across a study that looked into this, and I was fascinated because it’s something I’ve personally experienced (and chances are you have, too).
Have you ever been in the middle of a great day, and then you run into someone who is totally stressed out, angry or worried? And then before you know it, you’re knocked out of your good mood and are suddenly feeling stressed and agitated, too?
Scientists recently found that the brain changes associated with stress are actually contagious and can “infect” others. After the stressor is removed, females are better able to reverse those brain changes, while males have a tougher time with it.
This particular study (which was published in the medical journal Nature Neuroscience) was done on mice so obviously more investigation needs to be done on people, but it shows how stress has such a profound impact on us (even if it’s not our own stress) right down to the brain and chemical level.
While some stress is healthy – keeping us motivated and moving forward in our lives! – too much stress or stress at the wrong times can take a toll.
Over time it can affect your health, sleep, and even your waistline.
So, what can you do about it?
Learning how to mitigate stress and put your body in the best possible position to handle anything thrown its way is your best line of defense.
Here are a few things you can do:
And try not to stress about stressing out. The most important thing you can do is take a step back and take care of YOU. As you know- this will help you take better care of everyone and everything around you.
Have a great (and stress-free!) day!