Coping with change: Stop stressing and start adaptingBy Mayo Clinic staff
Original Article: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/coping-with-change/MY01307
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Edward T. Creagan, M.D.read biographyclose window
Edward T. Creagan, M.D.Edward Creagan, M.D.
"The magic of the electronic village is transforming health information. The mouse and keyboard have extended the stethoscope to the 500 million people now online." — Dr. Edward Creagan
The power of the medium inspires Dr. Edward Creagan as he searches for ways to share Mayo Clinic's vast resources with the general public.
Dr. Creagan, a Newark, N.J., native, is board certified in internal medicine, medical oncology, and hospice medicine and palliative care. He has been with Mayo Clinic since 1973 and in 1999 was president of the staff of Mayo Clinic.
Dr. Creagan, a professor of medical oncology at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, was honored in 1995 with the John and Roma Rouse Professor of Humanism in Medicine Award and in 1992 with the Distinguished Mayo Clinician Award, Mayo's highest recognition. He has been recognized with the American Cancer Society Professorship of Clinical Oncology.
He describes his areas of special interest as "wellness as a bio-psycho-social-spiritual-financial model" and fitness, mind-body connection, aging and burnout.
Dr. Creagan has been an associate medical editor with Mayo Clinic's health information websites and has edited publications and CD-ROMs and reviewed articles.
"We the team of (the website) provide reliable, easy-to-understand health and wellness information so that each of us can have productive, meaningful lives," he says.
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Coping with change: Stop stressing and start adapting
By Edward T. Creagan, M.D.
Without a doubt, technological advances such as the laptop and the smart phone have created the best of times and also the worst of times. It's hardly a surprise that the word "burnout" and the word "cyberspace" came into use at about the same time. It can feel like we're at the mercy of technology and that coping with change is our full time job.
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Indeed, my company recently introduced a new software package. Prior to launching the program, they provided extensive education about the software. A few of my colleagues, however, bristled at having to learn a new system. Rather than coping with change, they dug in their heels. They skipped the training and now they're increasingly agitated by their inability to use the system.
It occurred to me that while we may not like change — especially when it's imposed on us — we can't keep it from happening. What can we do? We can choose how we react. We can whine and complain about our fate and assume the victim posture. Or we can acknowledge our discomfort and say to ourselves, "OK, this happened and it's not fair, but what can I do about it?"
In other words, we can invest our energy in feeling sorry for ourselves or we can invest it in figuring out how to adapt and even thrive. Of course things don't always go our way, but there's always something we can do to ensure that tomorrow will be better than today.
The next time you're faced with change, how will you choose to respond?blog index