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....
2021-09-16
01:00 min
Content prepared by Marie Holowaychuk, DVM, Dipl. ACVECC, CYT
Now that summer vacations are over and children are in school, you are getting back to the grind of work, after-school activities, and weekend errands. You are starting to feel like you never have time for yourself, and you are becoming resentful and burnt out trying to meet everyone else’s needs. Answer: Healthy boundaries allow veterinary care providers to foster balance and carve out time for self-care activities. Resentment and burnout are signs of unhealthy boundaries that occur when...
2021-08-19
01:00 min
Content prepared by Marie Holowaychuk, DVM, Dipl. ACVECC, CYT
Your caseload and work schedule are busier than ever, which has led you to finish medical records and client communications at home. But now it seems like you never get a break from work, and you are having a more difficult time “turning off” your work brain at bedtime. Answer: Research demonstrates that maintaining work-life separation is a form of self-care because it fosters resilience and it allows for time to engage in non-work-related activities, which are important for wellbeing. While...
2021-07-07
01:00 min
Content prepared by Marie Holowaychuk, DVM, Dipl. ACVECC, CYT
Recently you have felt more stressed than normal regarding your records and not being able to write them perfectly. You know that you set extremely high standards for yourself and in the past, this has helped you to excel. Nowadays, you find yourself so preoccupied worrying about what your co-workers will think if your records aren’t perfect that you have procrastinated writing them altogether. Now they are piling up and causing you massive anxiety. Answer: Perfectionism is a trait that many...
2021-06-15
01:00 min
Content prepared by Marie Holowaychuk, DVM, Dipl. ACVECC, CYT
You miscalculate a patient’s drug dose by overlooking a decimal. The mistake was noted right away and thankfully the drug could be reversed so the animal was not harmed. Answer: Pet owners would rather know when a mistake is made, even when there is no harm done. Full disclosure of what happened ensures that trust is maintained in the veterinarian-client relationship. Try to sustain the belief that honesty and transparency strengthen these relationships. Apologize for the mistake and share...
2021-06-06
01:00 min
Content prepared by Marie Holowaychuk, DVM, Dipl. ACVECC, CYT
A veterinarian in your practice has shared that she struggles with depression. You want to ask her how she is doing but you are worried about making her feel uncomfortable. Answer: It is important to regard conversations about mental health like any other conversation about a person’s physical health. If a person discloses that they have a mental illness, it is okay to check in with them regarding their disease. In this situation, asking “how is your mental health these days?” or “how are you...
2021-06-02
34:50 min
Content presented by Marie Holowaychuk, DVM, Dipl. ACVECC, CYT
Time management can be a struggle in any profession, so it’s no wonder some veterinary professionals might find it difficult to juggle everything on their to-do list. It can also be difficult to get clinic owners or managers on board with change when multiple team members are struggling mentally, not to mention when they might be struggling themselves. In this final Facebook Live session of our series, veterinary wellness advocate Dr. Marie Holowaychuk answers more excellent questions...
2021-05-20
31:39 min
Content presented by Marie Holowaychuk, DVM, Dipl. ACVECC, CYT
The emotional side of being a veterinary professional can be quite intense! It’s hard enough having to deal with your own feelings, let alone those of your colleagues or clients. So how can you manage? Perhaps you're looking for ways to overcome negativity or anxiety throughout the workday when dealing with a variety of situations, some more difficult than others. In this Facebook Live session, veterinary wellness advocate Dr. Marie Holowaychuk answers more excellent questions regarding...