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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...
Sometimes not feeling like yourself may be a sign that it is time to consult a mental health professional. Or perhaps someone at your clinic has expressed the need for professional support... But where should you start? Also, have you ever wondered if there is a difference between experiencing burnout and depression? In this Facebook Live session, veterinary wellness advocate Dr. Marie Holowaychuk answers three excellent questions regarding wellness. Watch the recorded session now as she...
In these challenging times, it might seem especially difficult to set boundaries and maintain work-life separation. Our fast-paced reality might also make it feel impossible to remain grounded and focused while performing everyday tasks. In this first Facebook Live session, veterinary wellness advocate Dr. Marie Holowaychuk answers two excellent questions regarding wellness. Watch the recorded session now as she shares some amazing tips on how to recognize and manage burnout, as well as how to...
This year, it’s safe to say that we should all prepare for an unconventional holiday season. Along with the usual holiday-related pressures we have to manage, feelings of anxiety and sadness might also surface when deciding whether or not to get together with family and friends to celebrate the festivities. In these especially trying times, it is important now more than ever to focus on ways to preserve mental and physical health. Find out more by watching this video featuring veterinary...
Veterinary professionals are known for taking their work home - whether physically, mentally or both - often spending time thinking about the day’s events, rather than making time for self-care or to enjoy non-work-related activities with loved ones. Although it might not always be possible to avoid talking or thinking about work when at home, there are ways to encourage work-life separation by disengaging from work and fully connecting with family and friends. It’s more than simply creating a...
Mental health has become a relevant and common topic of discussion with Mental Health Awareness Month, Bell Let’s Talk, and other initiatives aiming to educate, raise awareness, break the silence and end the stigma. More than simply ‘hanging in there’ or ‘thinking positively’, it’s about changing the way people see and talk about mental health to strip away the shame and acknowledge how difficult it is to overcome the disease. It is also about encouraging people to seek help and support if and...
Research shows that adults should get a recommended 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night. It is also a well-known fact that over time sleep deprivation can lead to health problems, and that underlying issues, such as sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, or metabolic or hormone disorders, can cause insomnia. Not to mention that getting a restful night's sleep is essential to our physical and mental health. Happily, sleep habits are easy to change, so by choosing one thing to do differently today...
Life would be pretty dull if we all agreed on everything, all the time. Plus, we would never learn anything new. Although conflict can make us feel defensive or push us to run in the opposite direction, what if we simply looked at conflict as a difference of opinion or perspective? What if we saw these situations as opportunities to learn and grow? As hard as it might seem at first, once you try to focus on the benefits of addressing and resolving conflict rather than leaving issues...
Often, we don’t set healthy limits because we are afraid of inconveniencing or disappointing our clients, colleagues or boss, and we end up doing everything to please them, sometimes to our own detriment. Luckily, it’s never too late to create better habits and set healthy boundaries for ourselves and others to adhere to. Once we have identified our needs and recognized our limits, it is important not only to communicate them to others, but to follow through with our own actions to make sure...