Adaptability Is Essential for Mental Health. Here Are 3 Ways to Improve at Home and Work

Available for Interviews: Dr. Pete Loper

Dr. Pete Loper, MD, MSEd, FAAP, is a triple board-certified physician in pediatrics, psychiatry, and child psychiatry. He is also a professor and executive coach and is dedicated to mental health and wellness advocacy.

What Dr. Loper could say on
Adaptability & Mental Health:

Adaptability Is Important to Mental Health

Life is dynamic and constantly changing. Consequently, human beings have evolved to be dynamic, kinetic creatures, who from the time we are born until we die are in a perpetual state of adaptation and development. We were not the strongest, fastest, or biggest land-dwelling creatures, but we are now the dominant species on earth by virtue of our capacity to develop and adapt. Adaptability is not only important, but it is also vital for mental health and overall well-being.

Not Being Able to Accept Change Can Affect
Our Mental Health in Negative Ways

Healthy human development and adaptation are defined by approach and exploratory behaviors that outpace consistency avoidance, withdrawal, and acting out. In the professional setting, a compromised capacity to adapt often manifests as ineffectiveness, disengagement or avoidance, withdrawal, and acting out symptoms that comprise the syndrome of burnout. When compromised adaptability causes avoidance, withdrawal, or acting out that occurs more globally in life in general, then this often results in depressive disorders or anxiety disorders.

3 Ways We Can Accept Change and Improve Adaptability

Human beings are inherently social creatures and relationships matter. The crucial, rate-limiting way to improve adaptability is:

    1. Improve the quality, depth, and consistency of your relationships with your family, friends, coworkers, and with yourself.
    2. Be intentional about setting aside screens and tasks to engage in meaningful interpersonal interactions with your peers in the workspace, and with your friends and family outside of work.
    3. Be consistent in spending time in self-reflection. If you’re a busy professional, and life is too hectic, hire an executive coach.


Interview: Dr. Pete Loper

Dr. Pete Loper began his undergraduate studies in English at Kenyon College prior to completing his premedical coursework and Bachelor of Arts at the University of South Carolina (U of SC).  He earned his Doctor of Medicine from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, and his Master of Science in Education from the University of Pennsylvania.  Following medical school, Dr. Loper completed a residency in pediatrics. He then worked as a pediatrician in a private practice setting while completing a second residency in psychiatry and a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry.  He has also completed the American Psychoanalytic Association’s Psychoanalytic Fellowship Program and the Teleos Leadership Institute’s Coach Development Program.

Dr. Loper has been featured in numerous academic publications and media outlets and it is through these channels that he can dedicate his time to being an advocate for mental health and wellness.

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Managing Editor
Director of Public Relations
Success In Media, Inc.

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