Stress can be as contagious as germs

  • Article by: Jeff Strickler , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 11, 2014 - 5:28 PM

We can easily pick up secondhand stress from the people around us. We also can pass it on.

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GreenwellJan. 11, 14 3:07 PM

Good article. It nailed the causes of stress and what to do about it. Like the article said, it's important to look around and identify who it is that is causing the stress in your life. For me, I choose avoidance of stress-causing people even if that avoidance comes at a steep price. Just get the heck away from these toxic folks if at all possible. Stress is indeed a killer.

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and another thingJan. 12, 1411:00 AM

Just emphasizes that teachers, counselors and cops (et al) are taking on a lot and need to have opportunities to debrief. If we do our jobs right, we are present to suffering instead of walking away from it.

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actualreaderJan. 12, 1410:09 PM

Ugh. Greenwell, you're so right, but what if you can't avoid the stressbuckets? My husband works with a guy who assumes everyone around him is as anxiety-ridden (and apparently unmedicated) as he is. "Toxic" is just the beginning; these folks spend so much time talking about how incredibly stressed they are, trying to involve others in their stress (and at times succeeding) and taking time off to "escape" from their stress that they can paralyze a workplace. No decisions get made, because any decision might be the wrong one. At the same time, no one else is allowed to take any initiative, because they might do it wrong. Managers should take a closer look at employees with an ongoing monologue about how stressed they are and how hard they're working. They may just be running in place. At the very least, they're impeding everyone around them.

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