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How Veterinarians Can Counter Mental Fatigue in the Midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic

August 31, 2020

Veterinary Services Group

When it comes to discussing the impact of COVID-19, it can be easy to focus on the physical effects of contracting the illness. But, over the past six months, COVID-19 has taken a toll on our mental well-being as well. In these strange times of stress and uncertainty, it is more important than ever to make sure that we are addressing mental fatigue and continuing to make the best of the “new normal.” In order to cope with mental fatigue at home and at your hospital, consider doing the following:

  1. Remember to rest. Take time to relax or meditate and do not forget the importance of a good night’s sleep.
  2. Connect with your community. Openly discuss your concerns and how you are feeling with those around you. If you are feeling stressed or anxious, there may be someone else who is feeling the same way.
  3. Focus on your health. Make sure that you are eating a healthy diet to continue to fuel your body and exercise when possible.
  4. Take a break. Try to turn off your phone or go for a walk to take a break from the stressors that you encounter each day.
  5. Be grateful. Consider starting a gratitude journal to remind yourself of the positives in your everyday life.

Even though hospitals may seem busier than ever, remember that it is important to care for yourself as well as those around you. Taking time to improve your own mental well-being can help you better focus on providing the best care for the pets and pet owners that you serve.

For more information on how you can navigate these changing times, visit our COVID-19 Resource Center or contact KSM’s veterinary consultants.

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