Why so stressed? Triggers and treatments for veterinary workplace stress

Why so stressed? Triggers and treatments for veterinary workplace stress

Your high anxiety is due to more than just the economy, although that's a big part. See what pushes your buttons and how you can lower your stress levels.
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Aug 01, 2010
By dvm360.com staff
If you feel that this year has been harder both financially and emotionally, you're not alone. The obvious stressors: poor veterinary practice profits, long hours, and team conflict. And yes, you can blame the economy, even for team conflict. Working more hours for the same wages, or even lower in a few cases, takes its toll on all veterinary team members. (Check out reader comments in " Talk therapy for veterinary professionals".)

Data source: 2010 Veterinary Economics State of the Industry Study

The complete package:
In the past year, what has your experience with job-related stress been compared with previous years?
What has caused your stress?
Talk therapy for veterinary professionals
Have some fun at work
What you can do
When there's too much to do and not enough time to do it, do as much as you can. Start by making a list of your top to-do items, such as calling Mrs. Jones back or placing that inventory order. Then just go down the list. Even if you don't cross everything off by the end of the day, you'll feel better seeing your progress.

Make time for yourself, too. Grab some healthy eats, like peanut butter and toast to carry you through that afternoon slump, or go outside for a five-minute walk. Both will re-energize you, making you more productive.

Data source: 2010 Veterinary Economics State of the Industry Study

The complete package:
In the past year, what has your experience with job-related stress been compared with previous years?
What has caused your stress?
Talk therapy for veterinary professionals
Have some fun at work
Have some fun at work
Take five minutes out of your hectic day to laugh and relax. You'll feel—and perform—better because of it. Visit dvm360.com/fun for cartoons, funny stories, hilarious videos, and tips on how to minimize your stress level.

The complete package:
In the past year, what has your experience with job-related stress been compared with previous years?
What has caused your stress?
Talk therapy for veterinary professionals
Have some fun at work

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