Need more help?
If the stress in your life is more than you can cope with, get help right away.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- Go to the nearest hospital or emergency room
- Call your physician, health provider or clergy
- National Alliance on Mental Illness
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:
- 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?
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Sep. 09, 2010