3 Methods for battling burnout in veterinary medicine
In a recent interview with dvm360®, Dr Quincy Hawley explains his top 3 strategies veterinary professionals can harness to help prevent burnout and prioritize their personal needs.
According to Quincy Hawley, DVM, cofounder of GetMotiVETed, avoiding burnout can differ between every veterinary professional. In a dvm360® interview, Hawley highlighted 3 methods every professional can use to structure their fight against burnout, starting with prioritizing and focusing on your personal needs.
“The Number 1 [method for fighting burnout] is introspection, the ability to be self-aware and to know what things fill you up and what things deplete you,” Hawley disclosed to dvm360® staff.
“Spend time—whether it’s an hour, 2 hours, 3 hours, or a week—to do a process of self-discovery because [avoiding burnout] can be different for me than it is for a [another] veterinary professional,” he continued.
Hawley then shared that another key component to battling burnout includes not only understanding when to say no but when to say yes as well.
"I try to say yes to the things that make me come alive as a human and come alive as a veterinary professional," explained Hawley. "And I try to say no to more of the things that deplete me, irritate me, or just truly make me feel exhausted."
To learn more about fighting burnout, check out the full interview below.