Can you β€œcatch” stress from people around you?

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...

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Swap your Star Bucks to this chocolate Peanut Butter smoothie to boost your energy to beat menopause fatigue

I’ve got a recipe for you today that’s perfect for days you want a little boost of energy to tackle a project or a workout – or you just want a healthy snack that tastes like an indulgent treat! 

This one doesn’t disappoint!

It features coffeechocolate… and PEANUT BUTTER! (Plus it also contains plenty of fiber, healthy fats, potassium, and antioxidants.)

It’s a smoothie that’s actually good for you. Note: because it contains caffeine, you’ll want to have this earlier in the day vs. later.

If you are ever tempted by the blended concoctions at coffeehouses (which are loaded with empty calories that make your blood sugar spike and then crash) this is a must-try. 

 I’ve experimented with making this two different ways – one is faster – and have had taste-testers try them both, and we’re mixed when it comes to the winner.

So, I leave it to you whether you pre-soak the chia seeds. I like...

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