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Creating space: Stop taking work stress home with you
An expert in communication offers pointers on how to leave work-related stress from the veterinary clinic behind to promote a healthier work-life balance.
Veterinary professionals are often pulled into multiple tasks whether it's managing and treating back-to-back patients, doing endless paperwork, or just hitting common daily roadblocks and hurdles. However, one of the most arduous tasks many industry professionals face, according to communication expert Carolyn Shadle, PhD, MS, is leaving all of that work stress within the walls of the clinic after a long shift.
In a recent interview with dvm360®, Shadle discussed several strategies to help make mental health a priority and offered up useful tips and tricks on ways to decompress after a long work shift.
"Take a break. If you have a long commute, that is a wonderful way to decompress. Turn on some good music or listen to the news if that’s a diversion for you," Shadle told dvm360® staff. "You need to make some space between your work and your home."
She also emphasized how communication skills like "I-statements" and listening can help set boundaries and express exactly what you need.
Watch the video below to find out more helpful tips including why communication skills are important to help you decompress, curb stress and set boundaries.