I saw a recent article about a scientific study that concluded that even observing stress can be stressful for you http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-04/m-ysi043014.php. The first sentences of the abstract state: “Stress is contagious. Observing another person in a stressful situation can be enough to make our own bodies release the stress hormone cortisol.” So what can you do to not take on this extra unneeded, unnecessary reaction? Remember to manage stress with regular exercising, healthy eating, and, if you are in a stressful situation, or just observing one, pay attention to your body. If you tense up, start to feel anxious, or even start to notice difficulty breathing, consciously breath deeply, close your eyes, and release your muscles. You have control over all of these things, and with awareness, you can change a stressful situation into one that you don’t react to in a physically negative way.