People are separated from their loved ones and friends during the pandemic. Being around others mitigates stress and anxiety levels, as calming chemicals get released through interacting with people. Even if those interactions are brief conversations. The only time this doesn’t happen is when people associate threat with the other people, such as in argumentative relationships or poor work settings. The amount of calming chemicals that get released are therefore related to the nature of our relationships with others. It can consequently help to focus on developing positive relationships even in small circumstances, such as when buying food. Doing this a lot will have a positive affect on our perceptions, thoughts and actions which in turn can reinforce themselves in a positive and self maintaining loop.

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