Stress is Contagious According to Science

June 14, 2018

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Are you feeling stressed out today? Your stress can be causing others stress according to science. 

Stress is contagious according to a new study out of Canada! 

Jaideep Bains, Ph.D., and his team at the Cumming School of Medicine's Hotchkiss Brain Institute (HBI), at the University of Calgary discovered that stress is contagious as are emotions. So if you're feeling really sad today, it could be impacting the feelings of those around you. "Brain changes associated with stress underpin many mental illnesses including PTSD, anxiety disorders and depression," says Bains, professor in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology and member of the HBI.

So how can you help yourself feel less stressed out? Try and avoid people that are stressed out because it will only make your stress worse. This makes total sense to me. When a friend is going through some sort of episode with lots of stress I cannot help but feel stressed out too. 

Here are some ways to help get rid of stress.