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As human beings, we absorb how others are feeling. So if a friend or family member is feeling anxious, you may pick up on this and begin to express it or relate it to others in a similar way.
Negative emotions can spread more easily than positive ones, but it’s possible to notice distress and support others who feel this way without becoming more negative yourself.
To do this:
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A person's life may be a lonely thing by nature, but it is not isolated. To that life other lives are linked. -- Haruki Murakami
Excessive stress can take a toll on your health, especially over a long period of time.
There are many ways to relieve stress, including breathing techniques, mindfulness and exercises, such as yoga.
You could also try this ancient Japanese technique, explored in this video by YouTube channel Brightside.