Remember these tips for surviving setbacksBy Mayo Clinic staff
Original Article: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/surviving-setbacks/MY01908
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"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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Remember these tips for surviving setbacks
By Edward T. Creagan, M.D.
It's clear that some people encounter overwhelming stressors in their lives. I know of no one whose life is filled with joy and without disappointments. But some among us seem to have more burdens than others.
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If the stress in your life is more than you can cope with, get help right away.
I'm amazed at the resiliency and fortitude of those who push on in the face of overwhelming sadness and disappointment. There's no easy formula for their durability, but there are consistent themes and you see them in the comments people have posted:
- Connect to a power, an energy or a karma over and above yourself from which you can draw comfort and strength.
- Reach out to family and friends who reassure you that, "You are a decent person. Yes, you're doing everything you can, but there are limits to what you can do so you need to take care of yourself."
- Find someone to listen. Everyone needs to be heard and to feel validated. Find someone who can listen to your woes with kindness, concern and compassion.
Think of these as the way out of the darkness and toward the light. Best wishes and stay well.blog index