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Making some time for self-care
  1. Kirsty Sturman

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If a veterinary professional were presented with an animal which had not eaten, drunk, moved or slept, the understandable reaction would be concern. Yet all too often those same professionals do not take care to ensure they are doing each of those things. Here, Kirsty Sturman looks at the critical importance of self-care.

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Kirsty Sturman is a training adviser at VDS Training

When presented with a sick animal what are the first things you ask the owner? ‘Are they eating, drinking, exercising, interacting and resting normally?’ These are some of the fundamental needs for normal function but all too often those working in veterinary practice neglect them.

Dedicating time to self-care will not only bolster your own wellbeing. It will also leave you better placed to care for your clients, patients and colleagues.

We are all different and what helps someone ‘reboot’ will vary from person to person. But a few ideas to get you started are suggested on p 313, while the box below offers some advice on ways of sticking to your good self-care intentions .

Most of all, avoid using lack of time as an excuse for poor self-care. It’s a vicious circle: not taking time to reboot prevents you performing at your best, and can leave you feeling run down and exhausted at the end of working days.

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