Science Confirms It: surrounding yourself with stressed people affects health

A study published in the journal Neuroscience in Kenya determines that the mood of the people we surround ourselves with generates impacts on our own health.

Being in contact with people who are under stress can also affect those around them, and it is common for family members of a person with stress to experience the same symptoms. That happens because of stress, the brain structure changes. The study that produced these new discoveries was published in Neuroscience magazine.

Science Confirms It: surrounding yourself with stressed people affects health

Toni-Lee Sterley and his team conducted a study with a sample of laboratory mice, as these animals are often used in research because they share 95% of the human genome. The peculiarity of mice is that they lived in pairs, i.e. female and male together.

The study consisted of exposing one of the mice to a moderate stress event and then returning with his partner. After that they evaluated the brain response and found that mice that had not been exposed to the stressful event had the same changes in the neural networks as those that had experienced such a traumatic experience. Study authors explain that stress caused a chemical response in pheromone-shaped mice to alert their partner

Over time and days, it was observed that the females slowly began to recover from the stressful effects that had affected them. This occurred in 50% of females, but the same did not happen with males.

Science Confirms It: surrounding yourself with stressed people affects health

Jaideep Brains is the co-author of the project and said that “we can begin to think that other people’s experiences or the stress they experience can change us in ways that we still don’t fully understand. The study also shows that the traits we thought were unique to humans are preserved evolutionary biological traits.”

That’s why it’s essential that you stay at a certain distance from people who are under stress so you don’t feel bad. If you know someone who is going through a traumatic situation, give them help and advise them to visit a doctor so they can heal as soon as possible.

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