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Tips for self-care over the Christmas holidays...& every day

Tips For Self Care Over The Christmas Holidays Every Other Day 2020
Posted in 1. Mental health resources at 10 December, 2020

This time of the year can be tough for many people. Looking after ourselves is crucial if we want to maintain a healthy level of wellbeing - that doesn't just mean physically, but psychologically as well. Typically, the Christmas period can be a stressful...

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Posted by Dr Nadine Hamilton, Love Your Pet Love Your Vet & Positive Psych Solutions
 

Great ideas for improving the health and well-being of your veterinary team

Great Ideas For Improving The Health And Well Being Of Your Veterinary Team Red
Posted in 1. Mental health resources at 25 November, 2019

Mental Health challenges in the vet industry have received lots of attention in recent months. From national interest on The Project to a review of Victorian Vet Board Guidelines, our profession is scrambling to work out the best solutions for affected i...

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Posted by Dr Sasha Nefedova, General Manager PETstock VET
 

What to do when a veterinary colleague or client self-discloses or talks about suicide

What to do when a veterinary colleague self discloses or talks about suicide
Posted in 1. Mental health resources at 11 July, 2019

What do you say if someone tells you they want to end it all? Important advice from psychologist Dr Nadine Hamilton... "Don't tell anyone, but I want to end it all". These are words none of us want to hear. Why? Because often we feel incredibly uncomfort...

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Posted by Dr Nadine Hamilton, Love Your Pet Love Your Vet
 

Ever feel like a total failure in your veterinary job?

Do You Ever Feel Like A Total Failure In Your Veterinary Job V2
Posted in 1. Mental health resources at 16 February, 2019

Whether it's messing up as a dad or mum or dropping the ball on something at work or even just forgetting to return a client phone call when you promised when you feel like you're failing it can be tough to pick yourself up and keep going....

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Posted by Dr Diederik Gelderman, Turbo Charge Your Practice
 

10 things to say (& 10 not to say) to a friend suffering mental health problems

10 Things To Say And 10 Things Not To Say To A Friend Suffering Mental Health Problems
Posted in 1. Mental health resources at 05 October, 2018

You may have a friend, family member or veterinary colleague suffering from mental health issues. But knowing what to say to offer help and support can be a challenge. You don&t want to say the wrong thing or something that may make them feel even worse....

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Posted by Rosie Overfield
 

Work in the veterinary industry? Then it's probably time for a REAL break.

Work In The Veterinary Industry Then Its Probably Time For A Real Break Red
Posted in 1. Mental health resources at 30 November, 2017

I'm starting to realise that the countdown to both Christmas and the end of 2017 is now upon us. And for those of you lucky enough to be taking a break from work and perhaps going away for a holiday it's also time to start thinking about that too. But wh...

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Posted by Judy Gillespie, Vetanswers
 

5 Steps to take a permanent U-turn on unhealthy habits

5 Steps To Take A Permanent U Turn On Unhealthy Habits Red
Posted in 1. Mental health resources at 23 November, 2017

Have you got a bad habit going? Something that is not only failing to add anything to your life but may even be subtracting from it? Something you want to change but don't know how to? Follow this logical and science-backed approach to show...

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Posted by Dr Cathy Warburton, Making Headway
 

Turn down the churn - getting your mind off your veterinary work

Turn Down The Churn
Posted in 1. Mental health resources at 29 June, 2017

Mind churn... it's a common occurence in the veterinary industry. You go to work, work hard, do your best and head off home to rest and recover in preparation for repeating the process the next day. You get home, change into clothes that don't smell ......

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Posted by Dr Cathy Warburton, Make Headway
 

Veterinary Superhero? Not always ... (& that's ok)

Veterinary Superhero Not Always And Thats Ok 500 X 500
Posted in 1. Mental health resources at 01 June, 2017

Even though sometimes we may feel it, the fact is that none of us are superheroes. And we can't always achieve everything we think we should all the time. Sometimes we just need to say, "At this point in time, this is the best I can do." And be ok with it...

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Posted by Judy Gillespie, Vetanswers
 

Excessive hours & demands in veterinary practice? What to do when your boss won't listen

Excessive Hours Demands In Veterinary Practice
Posted in 1. Mental health resources at 18 May, 2017

Things are changing in the veterinary industry - but for some it's not changing fast enough. Many, maybe even most employers are cognizant of their duty of care to the physical and psychological health of their employees but there are a few recalcitrants...

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Posted by Dr Cathy Warburton, Make Headway
 

Getting the monkeys off your back - how not to take everything on

Getting The Monkeys Off Your Back How Not To Take Everything On
Posted in 1. Mental health resources at 26 April, 2017

If you work in a veterinary practice, you'll know how diffcult it is to NOT take everything on.... There is a lovely little video on dvm360 where they use the analogy of loading more and more monkeys on your back as you go through your day. the monkeys re...

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Posted by Dr Cathy Warburton, Make Headway
 

How many hours of work a week is too many in your veterinary practice?

How Many Hours Of Work A Week Is Too Many In Your Veterinary Practice
Posted in 1. Mental health resources at 30 March, 2017

In my simplistic view of the world, I consider people to be a lot like cars. We put fuel in our cars and this allows us to drive where we need to go. Similarly, practising self-care (think adequate sleep, good nutrition, exercise and supportive relations...

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Posted by Dr Cathy Warburton, Make Headway
 

Lunch should not be a luxury in your veterinary practice

Lunch Should Not Be A Luxury In Your Veterinary Practice
Posted in 1. Mental health resources at 23 November, 2016

Make lunch breaks the norm and take one small step towards a healthier workplace. Why is it that unhelpful habits form so easily? You have a busy week and get behind on your work, so you choose to skip lunch or maybe to eat it whilst you are doing ........

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Posted by Dr Cathy Warburton, Make Headway
 

Study tips for veterinary (and all other) students...

Study Tips For Veterinary Students V2
Posted in 1. Mental health resources at 19 October, 2016

Studying? It's that time of the year..... I've noticed lots of posts on social media with the hashtags #vetstudent #nosleep #sacrifice #examtime so I thought I'd ask Dr Cathy Warburton for some tips to help with study and exams...

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Posted by Dr Cathy Warburton, Make Headway
 

Don't be afraid of mental health first aid for your veterinary practice

Dont Be Afraid Of Mental Health First Aid In Your Veterinary Practice V2
Posted in 1. Mental health resources at 14 September, 2016

We can all be gatekeepers of each other's mental health in the veterinary industry. A Veterinarian in your practice seems a little different lately. She is quieter and you're noticing she is struggling to make quick decisions. Additionally, she has .........

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Posted by Rosie Overfield, CCG
 

Your personality is not fixed - neuroplasticity means you CAN change your spots

Your Personality Is Not Fixed Neuroplasticity Means You Can Change Your Spots
Posted in 1. Mental health resources at 08 September, 2016

You can't teach an old dog new tricks a saying that is as old as the hills, but is it true? The first references to the concept of not being able to teach an old dog new tricks occurred back in the 1500's. This and the related saying, leopards can't chan...

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Posted by Dr Cathy Warburton, Make Headway
 

Having a sucky day? Then it might help to CLING on...

Having A Sucky Day It Might Help To Cling On
Posted in 1. Mental health resources at 10 August, 2016

Working in veterinary practice is difficult enough but if you have a day where everything goes wrong what can you do? You know those days where everything you touch turns to stinky diarrhoea ? What do you do to get yourself back on track? We all have tho...

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Posted by Dr Cathy Warburton, Make Headway
 

Are you successful AND happy in your veterinary job?

Success Is Liking Yourself Liking What You Do And Liking How You Do It 2
Posted in 1. Mental health resources at 14 July, 2016

How do we become, and stay, successful in veterinary practice? It has been said that success in veterinary practice comes when we have that sweet combination of clinical ability, interpersonal and personal skills. We in the veterinary industry are great a...

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Posted by Dr Cathy Warburton, Make Headway
 

Veterinary Industry: things I'll need.... 3. Optimism & Resiliency - one and the same?

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Posted in 1. Mental health resources at 08 March, 2016

We often hear about being more optimistic or resilient, but what does this actually mean? And are they just the same thing and derive from just thinking positive thoughts? The answer to this is no. While optimism is the basis of positive thinking, there...

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Posted by Nadine Hamilton, Positive Psych Solutions
 

Veterinary Industry: things I'll need..... 2. Understanding my Personality

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Posted in 1. Mental health resources at 25 February, 2016

So what does your personality have to do with the way you work, communicate, or deal with stress? The answer to this is simply "quite a lot!". When you think about it, there are lots of different personality styles out there. Some people have an optimist...

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Posted by Nadine Hamilton, Positive Psych Solutions
 

Veterinary Industry: things I'll need..... 1. Coping Skills

Veterinary Industry
Posted in 1. Mental health resources at 16 February, 2016

We talk about 'coping' and 'coping skills' all the time, but what do they actually mean - especially for those working in the veterinary industry?And is it possible to learn 'coping skills'?...

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Posted by Nadine Hamilton, Positive Psych Solutions
 

Everyone needs proactive strategies for coping in the veterinary industry

Everyone Needs Proactive Strategies Fro Coping In The Veterinary Industry
Posted in 1. Mental health resources at 11 February, 2016

Veterinarians have long been considered the guardians of animal welfare and health, however, their role has increasingly become more diverse, which is reported to increase pressure on this occupation. Additionally, the hardships of working within the vet...

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Posted by Nadine Hamilton, Positive Psych Solutions
 

Work in the veterinary industry? You need to understand compassion fatigue

Work In The Veterinary Industry You Need To Understand Compassion Fatigue
Posted in 1. Mental health resources at 05 November, 2015

Compassion Fatigue has been described as the "cost of caring for others in emotional and physical pain. Compassion fatigue can be described as an emotional or spiritual exhaustion that takes over an individual. It is a state of tension and preoccupation w...

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Posted by Rosie Overfield, CCG
 

Are you prepared for the many aspects of being a veterinarian?

The Many Aspects Of Being A Veterinarian
Posted in 1. Mental health resources at 17 September, 2015

There are so many aspects to the work of being a vet that it is so easy when you are on the outside to only see the awesome parts (such as the puppies or kittens) and think that the job is AWESOME, or to look at the sad parts (when a much loved family...

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Posted by Dr Liz Chmurycz, Russell Vale Animal Clinic
 

So what exactly is a 'Wellbeing Coach' for veterinarians?

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Posted in 1. Mental health resources at 10 July, 2014

I came across Nadine and her work via Twitter and was fascinated to hear about her role as a 'Wellbeing Coach for Vets' and I wanted to know more so I contacted Nadine & asked her a few questions.......

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Posted by Nadine Hamilton, Psychologist / Wellbeing Coach for Vets
 

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