2022-04-28
1:00 min
Content prepared by Marie Holowaychuk, DVM, Dipl. ACVECC, CYT
Mistakes are inevitable in veterinary practice, because we are human. Sometimes mistakes are made that do not reach the patient (near-miss) or they reach the patient but do not cause harm (harmless hit). Other times an error causes harm to the patient resulting in an adverse event. Test your knowledge regarding the impact of adverse events on the well-being of veterinarians.
2022-04-22
Content presented by Marie Holowaychuk, DVM, Dipl. ACVECC, CYT
The last two years have been exceptionally challenging for veterinary team members. After working tirelessly throughout these trying times, it’s normal to feel overwhelmed, anxious and exhausted. To help calm your mind and manage your emotions, we invite you to participate in a 30-Day Mindfulness Challenge, guided by CommuniVET™’s veterinary wellness advocate Dr. Marie Holowaychuk. A month dedicated to staying mindful Sign up on our private Facebook group where information, advice, and...
2022-04-04
1:00 min
Content prepared by Marie Holowaychuk, DVM, Dipl. ACVECC, CYT
With springtime comes the urge for many to tidy up, deep clean, or purge unused items. Research suggests that there are mental and physical health benefits to this clutter-clearing impulse. Test your knowledge regarding the impact of environmental clutter on mental health and wellbeing.
2022-03-01
1:00 min
Content prepared by Marie Holowaychuk, DVM, Dipl. ACVECC, CYT
The terms burnout and compassion fatigue are often used interchangeably. And while they are both severe syndromes that can occur among veterinary team members, they have different causes and consequences.
2022-02-10
01:00 min
Content prepared by Marie Holowaychuk, DVM, Dipl. ACVECC, CYT
A large proportion of veterinary team members have trait perfectionism, which causes them to set unrealistically high standards and avoid making mistakes at all costs. Self-compassion is a powerful antidote to the psychological consequences of perfectionism.
2022-01-12
01:00 min
Content prepared by Marie Holowaychuk, DVM, Dipl. ACVECC, CYT
Many of us consider the new year as a “fresh start”, which makes it a great opportunity to incorporate healthy habits into our daily routine. Habits do not require willpower or conscious planning, which helps to ease our mental burden and reduce decision fatigue.
2021-12-07
01:00 min
Content prepared by Marie Holowaychuk, DVM, Dipl. ACVECC, CYT
With holidays just around the corner, you are starting to feel anxious about fitting everything in while working full-time and looking after your loved ones at home. You normally get through the chaos this time of year with coping strategies and pushing through, but you end up more exhausted (and often sick) by the end of it. Answer: People often mistake coping strategies for self-care, which can lead to a vicious cycle of stress – coping – exhaustion – illness. While coping strategies, such...
2021-11-12
01:00 min
Content prepared by Marie Holowaychuk, DVM, Dipl. ACVECC, CYT
The fall has felt incredibly overwhelming, and the holidays are coming up fast. You hear people talking about mindfulness and meditation as ways to curb stress, but you have no idea where to begin. Answer: Mindfulness means having an awareness of experiences in the present moment as they are happening. It is cultivated by noticing thoughts, feelings, and sensations as they come up, and not getting swept away by judgments or distractions. During moments of overwhelm, taking a moment to notice...
2021-10-14
01:00 min
Content prepared by Marie Holowaychuk, DVM, Dipl. ACVECC, CYT
The time of year when the days get shorter always seems to wreak havoc on your mood and sleep. And with the return to standard time looming, you worry that your sleep will be disrupted even more. Answer: Many people in northern climates experience seasonal affective disorder (SAD), most often when the days become shorter and there is less exposure to sunlight. Studies suggest that mood and energy, as well as sleep, can be enhanced by phototherapy or exposure to broad-spectrum UV light....