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Life's Too Short... so make the most of it! Try something new, eat something healthy, grow something beautiful, hug someone you love, move around a lot, and be kind to yourself. Melanie Cole brings you the best tips from lifestyle and fitness experts, including guests from the American College of Sports Medicine.

Empathy: Is Stress Contagious?

From the Show: Life's Too Short
Summary: Does someone else's stress make you feel stressed?
Air Date: 11/20/18
Duration: 13:46
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Judith Orloff, MD
Dr. Judith OrloffJudith Orloff, MD, is the New York Times bestselling author of the new book, The Empath’s Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People (Sounds True, April 4, 2017) and offers an invaluable resource to help empathic people survive in an often insensitive world. She is on the UCLA Psychiatric Clinical Faculty and synthesizes the pearls of traditional medicine with cutting-edge knowledge of intuition and energy medicine and spirituality.

She has a Facebook Empath Support Community with more than 6,000 members
When someone else is stressed out, are those stressful feelings contagious?

People who are empaths are emotional sponges, taking on other people’s stresses. Watching the news can really bring someone down.

The trick is to learn how to not adopt other people’s stress.

Tips for Empaths:

  • “No” is a complete sentence. No need to give reasons.
  • Set boundaries.
  • Meditate to center and ground yourself.
  • Learn self care so you can re-calibrate from the stresses you see.
  • Make sure you address your anxieties so you’re not affecting your children with it.
  • Stop using electronics two hours before bedtime.
Listen as Dr. Judith Orloff joins Melanie Cole, MS, to share how you can protect yourself from other people’s stress while remaining empathetic.
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