4.6 Stress and Strangers

4.6 Stress and Strangers


Hello and welcome to Two for You. This
episode is on stress and strangers. I recently read an article by Chuck Marohn,
where he said this is the time to lean into humanity. Yeah, that’s great.
Yeah, and I think it’s something that we need to keep in mind especially in times
of stress. And we also have we also know that stress blocks empathy and when
we’re around people we go into a feeling of stress. Our brain just does this. So we
have this double whammy going for us. So one way to build that empathy is to play
games. Research shows that when you can play games with others and you’re
working towards a common goal, you build your empathy and you actually increase
trust. Yeah, so another great tip is having intentional practice, right. So one
thing you could try is a meditation called loving-kindnes, and I even do
this with my kids. And you can click on the show notes that you could you can
read more detail things or have someone else lead you through it. But basically it
is a layered meditation where you say the words something like may you be safe,
may you be healthy, may you be kind, and may you be happy. And we do this in the
evenings and what it does is really, what’s research shows, that helps empathy,
to build our compassion for others, to increase our own well-being as well. And
our third tip for you is to be aware of the mirror neurons we have throughout
our brains. And they’re just like they say they mirror the energy of people
around you. But also you can take control of that and you can exude feelings of
hope, positivity, gratitude, love, and when you do that the energy goes into the
crowded room instead of making everybody stressed you’re bringing them together
in a sense of a good feeling that you can get through this together.
Yeah, that’s great. So here we go three tips for you. Play games to boost empathy,
practice loving-kindness, and check your mirror neurons. Which message are
you sending? So try one of those three as you live and lead with
intention.

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