STRESS IS IN THE AIR
Congratulations. You’re ahead of the curve. Stress won’t pin you down this year.
Or will it?
We have news from the University of Calgary. Regardless of how prepared you are, you’re not off the hook. Stress is contagious.
Stress: The Other Flu Season
Researchers wanted to see if stress had the power to transmit from one bothered brain to another, even if the second brain had no direct contact with the cause of distress.
Frantic Fur Balls
Researchers studied mice in pairs.
In due time, they removed one mouse from its buddy, exposed it to stress, and then set it back with its roommate.
Eventually, the unexposed mouse’s brain began to show a similar stress response.
This is stressing me out.
Relax. We’re telling you so can understand your brain’s response to those around you this holiday.
If you’re feeling frazzled and you’re unsure why, know that other people’s stress could be wreaking havoc on your brain.
We suggest being picky when it comes to the company you keep.
But I can’t avoid everyone.
Neither can we. Here are some practical ways to dodge stress threats.
Don’t go shopping. Too many anxious bodies in public.
Distance yourself. Even five minutes alone will clear your head.
Give yourself a curfew. Politely excuse yourself and pounce.
No one is immune to stress but with a bit of strategy, you’ll make it through in good shape for next week’s festivities. (Psst. Don’t forget to stock up on ingredients for Bloody Marys.)
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