Going the distance

Three game-changing tips for the new year

By Edward T. Creagan, M.D. January 28, 2014

Need more help?

If the stress in your life is more than you can cope with, get help right away.

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Go to the nearest hospital or emergency room
  • Call your physician, health provider or clergy
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness
    1-800-950-NAMI (6264)

As you head into a new year, it's only natural to look back on your successes and disappointments, and to ask yourself how to use those experiences to become a better person. There is value in this process of self-examination, especially if it leads you to set goals for your personal growth.

Give yourself a leg up on achieving your goals with these self-care tips:

  • Maximize your physical resiliency. How? Start with the basics: Exercise 5 days out of each 7, be mindful of your weight, and get a good night's sleep.
  • Reframe the negative. When something discouraging happens allow yourself time to heal, but don't dwell on it. Realize that although you can't change the event, you can use it as an opportunity for self-improvement.
  • Find a confidant. That person can be a friend, a professional counselor or a spiritual advisor you can call on to provide support and comfort, and to help you find your inner strength and resolve in dealing with the curves life throws at you.


Edward T. Creagan, M.D.

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Jan. 28, 2014