What do you need?

Vetlife Health Support advise paying attention to the following factors if you are seeking to create a “personal first aid kit”.  But they stress that anyone who thinks they might have clinical depression should contact Vetlife Health Support or their GP for professional advice and treatment.

  • Good sleep hygiene
  • Healthy eating
  • Adequate hydration
  • Exercise

    “Exercise is like fertilizer for the brain … it’s so good, it’s like Miracle Gro.”
    Dr John Ratey, Harvard brain researcher

  • Relaxation
  • Maintain relationships – social media or texting are no match for face-to-face quality time
  • Do things you enjoy – even if you stop getting joy from these things temporarily, keep doing the things you have enjoyed in the past. Learning new things encourages social interaction and increases self-esteem and feelings of competency and having interests outside of veterinary work makes you less vulnerable to reduced wellbeing if you are having problems at work because your life won’t revolve around that single component
  • Establish what your working hours and conditions will be and what support you will be given before you take a job – particularly if you are new to the profession
  • Stay in work if you are well enough but move on to another job as soon as possible if you are not treated reasonably by your employer or are unhappy – many people stay in posts that are a poor fit for them believing things will change if they hang on – especially if their confidence has taken a knock
  • Establish your support network – make sure you are registered with a GP, keep the Vetlife Helpline number handy, and explore local veterinary meetings and peer support options

Are you aware of your level of self care?  – dvm360.com tool

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