Stress can be contagious! It’s not just colds and flu that could be doing the rounds in your office. It’s possible to catch other people’s stress, too, according to a recent study. Researchers from the University of Hawaii discovered that second-hand stress and anxiety levels can be passed onto each other in the office – and it spreads just as quickly as cold and flu bugs!
The study suggests that our brain’s act like sponges and subconsciously soak up emotions, behavioral traits and facial expressions emitted from our co-workers. So if you sit next to an office stress-head, chances are their troubles will start to affect you too.
I try to avoid negative situations AND negative people, because I do feel like they ‘drag me down’ too. What about you?
How do you avoid ‘catching’ the stress and anxiety of someone else?