Are you around anxious people? 5 Tips to keep you balanced. It is hard enough at times to keep ourselves lifted and happy, but how do we do this when others around us are anxious or stressed? Anxiety and stress, just like laughing, can be contagious: if you are around someone, or worse still, many people, who are highly anxious then the chances are it will affect you. Your mood, attention span, focus, motivation and energies can all be affected.