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Are you feeling totally "Over it"?

Posted in Management @ Feb 17th 2022 - By Dr Sam Bowden, Director Vet Business Accelerator
Are You Feeling Totally Over It

Does everything seem to irritate you at the moment?

Are you feeling low in enthusiasm, energy, fun, and have a lack of excitement about the future?

Does everything feel like a grind at work?

Every day you rock up and the appointments are over-booked and the day hasn’t even started?

On top of that, is there is a pile of HR issues, equipment issues, client issues and accounting issues for you to find time to sort out?

Do you feel like limping home, having a few drinks to numb the weight and flop into bed and hopefully feel better tomorrow?

Are you sooooo over anything to do with COVID you feel sick even hearing the word?

I reckon that the majority of the world is currently feeling like this and especially those who have been under the pump.

(I guess we should feel lucky we aren’t in the tourism sector. They will feel like crap too but have bigger problems to deal with.)


What can you do about it?

Option 1 - The Doona Solution

Climb under the doona and hope the world goes away.

I tried that when I was feeling exactly like the above...

It does not work…


Option 2 - Break the Pattern

Do something to break the pattern and develop a strategy to get you and your team back on track.

A reset if you like!

Understand this…

The last 2.5 years have been the perfect incubator for burnout… especially in the health delivery industries.

The 5 Stages of Burnout

There are 5 stages in burnout you need to be aware of:

Stage 1. Honeymoon

In the beginning you're fired up and striving to prove yourself. You have unbridled optimism - this is the bullseye. This is what it was like when you started your business.

Stage 2. Onset of stress

Some days start to feel more difficult than others. You start to feel fatigue, you might be grinding of teeth at night and experiencing forgetfulness, irritability, lower productivity, reduced sleep quality and increased worrying.

Stage 3. Chronic stress

At this stage you start to experience chronic exhaustion and perhaps an increased reliance on caffeine and/or alcohol. You're feeling pressured and out of control, along with a sense of resentfulness, social withdrawal, general apathy (“I can’t be bothered”), decreased sexual desire and the feeling of being trapped with no way out.

Stage 4. Burnout

At Stage 4 burnout you might experience chronic headaches and develop a pessimistic outlook along with a feeling of emptiness. You might start to neglect personal needs, have a desire to “drop out” of society, be obsessed with problems at work, and start to notice behavioural changes and stomach or bowel problems.

Stage 5. Habitual Burnout

This stage is evidenced by chronic mental and physical fatigue, chronic sadness, depression and burnout syndrome.

What stage are YOU in?

Now do you want to do something about it?

The first step is to HAVE A BREAK AND HAVE SOME FUN. Have a laugh and develop strategies to get you back to feeling like you did at Stage 1. 

YOU are your biggest asset, followed closely by the team that supports you, so it's essential to invest in yourself and then watch how much more flow you experience in your life.

My solution!

Burnout within the veterinary industry is such a massive problem that I’ve created the Health Practice Business Consperience to help you deal with this head on. Hiding under the doona will never work - breaking the pattern and doing something different is your only solution.

What is the Health Practice Business Consperience?

It’s on Friday 18 to Sunday 20 March at the Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast and I guarantee this event will SHOW you how to run your practice in this new environment without burnout (and I'm prepared to back this up with 100% satisfaction guarantee or your money back!)


I know going to an event is probably the LAST thing you feel like. The doona is the more inviting option, right?

I know that you may be concerned about COVID (I’ve had it).

I know that you may not be vaccinated and have no intention of doing so (you can attend virtually)

I know that if you haven’t been to our events before you may think we make some pretty big claims

I know that when feeling burnout, being proactive about it is hard

But I also know that if you DON’T be proactive about it, then you are highly likely to get worse.

Do yourself a favour and take a leap of faith and participate in the Consperience (a conference with experiences) and we can develop a strategy to get you and your team back on track.

This event will have:

  1. Double the experience
  2. Double the impact
  3. Double the fun

Of events you’ve attended previously, and as I've already mentioned, I'm backing that up with a 100% satisfaction guarantee or your money back (see at

What's your gut telling you?

If your gut is telling you to book and your head isn’t…trust your gut!

It never lies.

The event is created to develop the best version of you, your team and your business…without burning out.

Grab your tickets at


About Sam


Sam Bowden has spent 15 years as a practicing vet. He has owned two practices in this time, each of them achieving phenomenal results in growth and profitability. He has devoted his last 12 years to helping practice owners increase their happiness, work life balance and profitability.

He is the founder of: United Vets Group  |  The Ultimate Veterinary Practice  |  Complete Vet Systems  |  More Vet Clients Websites  |  Accelerate Mastermind Group  |  Vet Business Manager Program  |  The Dental Academy

His skillset is combining long-lasting mindset changes together with proven practical strategies to allow practice owners and teams to reach their full potential. He is considered a leading educator on how to increase profitability, work life balance and happiness in the veterinary industry.


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