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4 ways to combat secondhand stress

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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.

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