I remembered a much-loved picture book from my childhood, "A Fly Went By," by Mike McClintock. This story not only illustrates how stress can be contagious; it also shows us a state of mind that can help us stop the stresscalation.
instead of passing on your stressful reverberations to others -- causing mistakes, disagreements, miscommunications and grievances down the line -- I ask you to create some space, in the next moment, that is free of stress.
Stress gets passed on. It has a domino effect. Your stress becomes someone else's stress and this becomes someone else's stress. But what if we could stop the stresscalation?