Stress blog

Stress: Welcome to our new blog

By Edward T. Creagan, M.D. September 20, 2007

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
    www.nami.org
    1-800-950-NAMI (6264)

One day after I was asked to do six things at once, I "Googled" the word "stress." Guess what? 234,000,000, yes, million, citations erupted on my laptop. This is not funny. So, what can we do about a pandemic engulfing each of us?

Welcome to our stress blog community, where I have the privilege to hear from fellow travelers and share some of my experiences in dealing with stress. We learn from each other.

With cell phones, Blackberries, Palms, Treos, email, iPods, Wi Fi, it seems there is no place to hide.

Story: While at a farmer's market last week, I visited with an acquaintance, late 40s, who walked with a limp. "What happened?" I asked. She told me her groin was sore at site of a recent cardiac angiogram, which showed 90 percent blockage of five, yes, five arteries in the heart. Bypass successful. Told to get off the corporate treadmill or she will be dead from stress-induced issues. Her family can hand out all of her professional publications at the wake.

So ... what can we learn from this woman? How do any of us survive the current techno-tsunami? We are all in the same boat and it is called the Titanic.

Here is what I try to do each day:

  1. Exercise. I am a runner and this for me is one great way to start the day.
  2. Thoughtful time to meditate, prayerful reflections
  3. Make a list of what I need to do today for me

So, what do each of you do to achieve "emotional buoyancy" or let's call it resiliency?

Please, share your thoughts and stories.

With

Edward T. Creagan, M.D.

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Sep. 20, 2007