Got stress? Get a hobbyBy Mayo Clinic staff
Original Article: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hobbies-and-stress/MY01157
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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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Got stress? Get a hobby
By Edward T. Creagan, M.D.
As I've mentioned before, I'm a piano player with a passion for the keyboard but marginal skills. My teacher says I have more courage than talent. I often play in public venues, such as the lobby of a hotel. Those 30 or 40 minutes of focused attention wipe away, at least for awhile, some of my cares and burdens.
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With my interest in music, I've read a lot about musical prodigies — the six-year olds who can sit down at a keyboard and play Beethoven without missing a note. When you look into the lives of these prodigies, you see that they've devoted hours and hours to their music. They have talent, but they have to work to develop it.
Far from being a waste of time, having a hobby like playing music provides stress relief — in a more meaningful way than surfing the Web or watching TV. A hobby can also boost creativity and self-esteem, and it can provide pleasure and a sense of accomplishment. What a rewarding experience it is to share your avocation with others, as I do when I pound out tunes on the piano.
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