Veterinary Wellbeing during Corona Virus Lockdown. How are you coping?
Veterinary Wellbeing & Corona Virus.
There are currently too many changes in our lives to count and certainly changes that weren’t predictable or easy to envisage. As a practicing vet and business owner my daily life has changed completely to six weeks ago and in sitting down this morning I have asked myself deliberately – “How Am I coping?” I have been furloughed from my employed vet position – I have self isolated and now socially distancing and staying at home as advised – I am running and managing my recruitment business from home – but I have more time on my hands and am possibly a bit bored. My finances and income are completely up in the air and there are my staff and veterinary locum candidates to manage, help and consider. It is always good to remember: It is fine to not be fine and in looking around, I have discovered a phenomenal “well-being” all veterinary network. We have amazing veterinary colleagues all looking out for each other and who can help with our well-being and never has it been more needed. So let’s all rely on each other. At Carlton Professional Recruitment we have a large network of veterinary friends that we want to ensure are doing fine. From my colleagues in the office to our wonderful team of locum vets & vet nurses along to our clients and hiring managers in practice you are all part of our veterinary family and together we will support each other through this time. To this end, I have had a look around for different support processes and organisations that may be of need and they are all vets on our doorstep.
- First – Carlton Professional Recruitment: if you have any queries or stress regarding employment and work options now and in the future, we are very much here to answer any questions. We are available on the usual phone & email to discuss current locum and employment trends and where we see the employment opportunities are. We can advise on furlough actions and options still available. If you’re just not sure and want to chat – pick up the phone and we would love to talk.
- VetFit – Two vets, Charlie and Andy, offer mental and physical wellbeing for the veterinary profession. Delivering a tailored activity programme designed to specifically reduce stress through sport, exercise and social support. getvetfit.co.ukor @vetfitinsta; otherwise they have live sessions every Wednesday at 18:30, hosted on the VSGD group Facebook page.
- VetYogi – Chloe Hannigan offering yoga and meditation via her vet only private facebook group. You can access her details through her website vetyogi.com or she also has live hosted sessions on VSGD facebook page at 20:15 on Sunday evenings. # Stethoscope Down Yoga UP; says it all.
- For all things running and veterinary motivation you have to stop past Nat Scroggie’s website thisvetruns.com. Or follow @Thisvetruns
- Katie Ford – A vet offering a motivational blog and coaching to overcome “Imposter Syndrome. katiefordvet.com
- Adrian Nelson- Pratt of Emerge Veterinary offering veterinary centred career coaching, confidence building and career progression; along with new business set up. They are currently offering free no obligation taster sessions. emerge-coaching.co.uk
- Vetlife – An amazing organising offering free, independent & confidential support for the veterinary profession. Offering 24/7 phone and email helpline; professional mental health support; financial assistance; information and resources. vetlife.org.uk
- Government support and information sites:
- Try to get up and the same time as usual – don’t be tempted to hit the snooze button.
- Get ready as if you were attending your work.
- Use the time you would normally spend on your commute to catch up on the news.
- Prepare a packed lunch, to avoid the temptation of daytime snacking.
- Get some exercise in the time you would normally be commuting. A short walk, run or workout.
- Communicate to others in the household what you’re doing and what you expect of them.
- Plan your workload – consider doing tasks that require the most concentration at the quietest times, and tasks you enjoy the most perhaps later in the day.
- Set up a working area if needed – using a desk or sitting at the table is preferable and take short breaks for a change in posture if required.
- Have some background noise to combat the social distancing – perhaps a radio, but try to avoid sitting in front of the TV.
- Take your regular breaks and keep to your normal routine.
- Don’t forget to move and exercise – perhaps a quick walk about the house or up and down the stairs.
- Schedule time for catching up with family and friends.
- Think about yours, friends and colleagues mental wellbeing – remember to be sociable. Would a phone call be better than an email?
- Switch off laptops and mobiles.
- Pack them away so you’re not tempted to look at them.
- Take some time for yourself and your family.