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MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS: STOPPING THE STIGMA

Did you know that, in a recent study, survey scores used to assess anxiety and depression among 1,400 Canadian veterinarians were comparatively higher than the general population? Did you ever consider how personal experiences and negative perceptions can impact how individuals might react to mental illness?

With the higher prevalence of Canadian veterinarians struggling with mental health issues and taking their own lives compared to the general population, it is crucial for veterinary professionals to break the silence and reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness.

In this month’s edition of Thrive!, veterinary wellness advocate Dr. Marie Holowaychuk offers 5 tips to help veterinary professionals to be alert and aware regarding mental illness.

STRATEGIES FOR SLEEP

Do you have difficulty falling asleep? Do you sleep the recommended 7 to 9 hours each night? Have you ever experienced insomnia?

Because our sleeping habits can greatly affect our overall mood and energy level, getting a good night's sleep is important for preserving our mental health and physical wellbeing. In this month’s edition of Thrive!, veterinary wellness advocate Dr. Marie Holowaychuk offers 15 strategies to help you get a better night’s sleep, as well as 15 habits to avoid before bedtime.

CONFLICT RESOLUTION

How well do you handle conflict? Do you tend to focus more on the people involved or the issue at hand? Do you know the difference between an information conflict and a personal one?

When a conflict arises within a team, some people may act defensively while others simply want to run in the other direction rather than addressing the issue. Although conflict is inevitable, there are ways to address and resolve conflict to preserve team effectiveness and continue providing quality patient care.

In this month’s edition of Thrive!, veterinary wellness advocate Dr. Marie Holowaychuk describes two main forms of conflict and provides easy steps for addressing and resolving these conflicts.

ESTABLISHING HEALTHY BOUNDARIES

Are you tired of accepting to do certain things when deep down you rather not? Do you regularly feel you are taken advantage of or not appreciated?

Feelings of anxiety, fatigue or burnout are often signs of unhealthy boundaries, which can stem from the fear of inconveniencing and disappointing others. Though setting new limits might seem like an uphill climb, it is essential to maintaining healthy relationships and work-like balance.

In this month's edition of Thrive!, veterinary wellness advocate Dr. Marie Holowaychuk explains why setting boundaries for ourselves and others is so important. She also provides practical strategies to help identify those limits and put them into action.

COPING WITH MISTAKES AND UNANTICIPATED OUTCOMES

Even though we know that mistakes and unanticipated outcomes are inevitable in the work we do as veterinary care providers, we often experience feelings of stress, self-doubt and shame when they occur.

We sometimes need to be reminded that everybody makes mistakes. That they can have a lasting effect on all members of the team. And that we can bounce back from them stronger, wiser and more committed than ever, with the support of friends and colleagues… and the helpful strategies featured in this month’s edition of Thrive!

CLEARING CLUTTER TO PROMOTE MENTAL WELLBEING

Is too much “stuff” weighing you down? Does the clutter surrounding you leave you feeling anxious and overwhelmed?

Discover how much calmer and more inviting your home and clinic environment can be when you let go of unnecessary things.

Make room for what really matters, with the practical clutter-clearing tips featured in this month’s edition of Thrive!

MINDFULNESS AND MEDITATION FOR VETERINARY TEAMS

Have the chaos and uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic left you feeling overwhelmed and untethered? Do you find yourself longing for the way things used to be – or scared of what may lie ahead? Staying calm and centered in times of stress can be a challenge, but it is more important now than ever.

In this month's edition of Thrive!, veterinary wellness advocate Dr. Marie Holowaychuk focuses on powerful practices that can help us keep our minds from spiraling into the "what-ifs" and worries brought on by stressful situations: mindfulness and meditation.

RECOGNIZING BURNOUT AND COMPASSION FATIGUE

Could you be suffering from burnout or compassion fatigue? Both are common in the veterinary profession - but many tend to mistake one syndrome for the other, and can easily miss signs that professional help is needed. Learn more in this month’s edition of Thrive!.

OVERCOMING PERFECTIONISM WITH SELF-COMPASSION

Does the idea of practicing self-compassion sound self-indulgent to you? You might be surprised to learn that it can be YOUR secret weapon to controlling that perfectionist inside, and bouncing back when things get tough on the job! Learn more in this month’s edition of Thrive!.

Strategies for creating healthy habits

The start a new year (and decade!) seems like a particularly good time to focus on creating healthy habits – which just happens to be the topic of this first edition of Thrive!.