Survival tips for safeguarding your health and well-beingBy Mayo Clinic staff
Original Article: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/stress-blog/MY01427
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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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Survival tips for safeguarding your health and well-being
By Edward T. Creagan, M.D.
One of my colleagues and I offer a public-speaking program for healthcare providers. Each participant has to give a three-minute presentation, which is videotaped and then critiqued. At one of these sessions, a student shared his recipe for survival with the group:
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If the stress in your life is more than you can cope with, get help right away.
- Nutrition. An astonishing 80 percent of your quality of life is related, at least in part, to what you eat.
- Sleep. Absolutely crucial for its restorative property. When you sleep, you heal.
- Exercise. Minimum of 30 minutes a day of activity that increases your heart rate, such as walking or using a stair stepper.
- CPR. C stands for caring for oneself. P stands for priorities. And R stands for relationships. All three are critical to your survival.
Okay, I admit this is a simplified version, but there are some real nuggets of value to help us go the distance. What are your tips for surviving and thriving?blog index