Keeping calm and carrying on: Wellbeing tips during the COVID-19 pandemic

March 21, 2020
Kristina Guldbrand, CVT, BS, CSP

Kristina Guldbrand grew up in Austin, Texas, and graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in biology with a concentration in neuroanatomy and physiology. She worked as a certified veterinary technician for 12 years before becoming an account manager for Veterinary System Services. In her role as a manager and helping clinics with their staffing needs, she discovered her love of leadership and wellbeing. Since starting work with VSS, she has received training through the International Coaching Federation and provides workshops, leadership and wellbeing coaching as well as teambuilding for practices. She continues to expand her knowledge on perfectionism, neuroleadership, adult learning techniques, communication and organizational psychology to provide up-to-date and effective techniques to her clients.

Vetted, Vetted May 2020, Volume 115, Issue 5

With COVID-19 interrupting life as we know it, how can veterinary teams remain calm while continuing to offer patient care? Certified leadership and wellness coach Kristina Guldbrand offers some tips.

Odds are good that the COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed how your veterinary clinic operates. Whether you’ve had to cut hours, are trying to help patients via telemedicine for the first time, or are offering primarily curb-side care, your work day likely feels far from normal.

No matter what new trials you may be facing, Kristina Guldbrand, CVT, BS, CSP, says taking care of your wellbeing can help reduce anxiety and stress associated with the current state of affairs. One of her main techniques: focusing on what you are thankful for.

“These are the most important times to practice gratitude … I challenge you to find three specific gratitudes every day until this is over,” she says.

Guldbrand also recommends getting out of the clinic and giving yourself a break from the news. Take your pets for a walk or go for a run. “Make sure you get out there, spend some time with your four-legged friends. We all know what the human-animal bond does for wellbeing,” she says.

Guldbrand details three wellbeing techniques in the video below.

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