Stress blog

First, do no harm

By Edward T. Creagan, M.D. May 22, 2013

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)

The teachings of the spiritual leaders of both the East and West are as relevant today as when they were first written. These traditions can provide valuable guidance for dealing with relationship issues and life uncertainties.

Everyone has heard the advice not to lash out in anger. It's especially important to remember in this digital age. When you hit the send button in a moment of anger or resentment, that message not only delivers pain to the recipient but can also boomerang back on the sender. In the digital world, everything is retrievable. Every comment is accessible. A moment's indiscretion can have devastating repercussions.

So take time to think before you speak — or text or type — to consider the consequences on your relationships with others. After all, when hardship strikes, having a network of friends can be a life preserver. Don't miss the boat.

With

Edward T. Creagan, M.D.

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May. 22, 2013