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I would like to thank Professor Vijay Sampath for this wonderful article about how Kubler-Ross model can be used for learning how to cope with change. From the time, a child is three years old he's pushed into a rat race. Expectations from parents, peers, teachers, and competition at all levels result in tension, ridicule, and self-hatred. This is following us to the virtual world of social media. People want to become that famous YouTuber, Instagram celebrity, and popular tweeter. Career growth problems, managerial conflicts, poor official communication skills, layoffs are a few aspects people talk about at the workplace. We keep unrealistic deadlines and try to chase them. Many succumb to the pressure as they value what society thinks about them and society judges on performance. This path of proving ourselves extraordinary in every walk of our life be it at work, family or socially is what is leading to the stress in our lives. High chronic stress levels make us prone to depression. Instead what we should run after is creating meaningfulness in an ordinary life. The interconnectedness of the world means that every global phenomenon is impacting us in some way. The technology, markets, and mother nature are all advancing simultaneously and so rapidly that the time to adapt to change has reduced significantly and every change is perceived as a shock. But unfortunately, there is no easy pill to swallow. We must accept that we no longer know which force is going to cause disruption in the next moment. What will help us in the future is flexibility and quick adaptability to change. As Friedman writes “A successful cow milker in the future may need to be an astute data reader and analyst”. If we keep the model in mind, it would definitely help us in knowing which phase we are in and coming up with a plan to quickly move on to the acceptance phase. There is a growing need for creating awareness for the symptoms of depression. Corporates must empower their employees in effectively coping with this stress-induced depression. Social media platforms can be leveraged for this purpose. What becomes more important is not succumbing to the causes of stress at the first place than the much talked about stress-management. Friends, family, colleagues provide outlets when stress levels are excessive. Listening to them, giving a pat on their back and assuring them that things are going to be fine can be the simplest first step.

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