5 Ways to De-Stress at Work

Fight the Feeling of Burnout

The veterinary field is fast-paced, demanding, and definitely stressful. Often times, as caregivers, we're so consumed with the wellbeing for our patients and their owners that we forget to take care of ourselves. It's important not to neglect yourself and your own needs amidst the commotion. 

That's why we put together a few tips to help manage stress from work and keep any feelings of burnout at bay:

take-a-break-coffee1. Take a break

Take a walk around the building or simply step outside for a breath of fresh air. Though shifts can be busy or short-staffed, taking a moment to clear your head will refresh you and allow you to be ready to tackle the next case.

2. Eat lunch with coworkers

Taking a few moments to sit down and chat with coworkers about current events, the awesome book you just read, or the latest television show will not only give your tired feet a rest, but will also invite friendly conversation and even a laugh!

3. Communicate your feelings 

As veterinary professionals, we experience many different feelings and some hard days. It’s important to let it all out with a trusted listener, and to be a good listener to others when they have a rough day also. A couple words of encouragement and understanding can go a long way. You can also find local veterinary support groups online.

4. Enjoy a healthy snack

Almonds, smoothies, a piece of fruit or trail mix are all great ways to fuel your mind and your body. Snacking also helps to promote a healthy weight and blood sugar!

5. Turn work off at home

Try not to get bogged down by the stresses of your shift. Allow yourself only one hour after work to talk about it with family or friends, then focus on hobbies and interests outside of medicine. Simple techniques like box breathing or meditation can also help take your mind off work and allow yourself to let go.

The most important tip, however, is to remember to be good to yourself. Stay on top of your mental and physical health by getting enough sleep, exercising regularly, and eating well. Take some time off every now and then, and give yourself some credit for all the hard work that you do.