New York Times best-selling author Shawn Achor and former national CBS News anchor Michelle Gielan report: “Researchers Howard Friedman and Ronald Riggio from the University of California, Riverside, found that if someone in your visual field is anxious and highly expressive—either verbally or nonverbally—there’s a high likelihood you’ll experience those emotions as well, negatively impacting your brain’s performance.” Four ways to stop secondhand stress:
1. Stop fighting it. Put yourself in a positive mindset about stress.
2. Neutralize it. Respond to stressful interactions with positivity rather than with added stress.
3. Strengthen yourself. A strong self-esteem helps tackle any situation.
4. Prepare yourself with positivity. Positive thoughts at the start of the day help eliminate stress during the day.
— Adapted from “Make Yourself Immune to Secondhand Stress,” Shawn Achor and Michelle Gielan, Harvard Business Review.