Handling Stress Properly

Our emotional wellness is affected by many factors, including long work hours, financial debt, demanding clients, employee issues, euthanasia, physical demands, personal issues, competitiveness between veterinarians and not having an outlet for emotional support. All of these can lead to burnout, work and compassion fatigue, depression and substance abuse, just to name a few. The many links and resources provided by The Tennessee Veterinary Wellness Program can help you find a way to deal with these issues.

Stress Management Tips

High levels of stress can cause a number of serious health problems. The following are some useful ways to handle stress:

  • Balance work and play
  • Limit alcohol consumption
  • Don’t try to do everything yourself
  • Exercise regularly
  • Follow a balanced diet
  • Get enough sleep

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Play with your pet
  • Resolve conflict in a timely manner
  • Seek professional help if feeling depressed
  • Spend quality time with friends and family

Helpful Resources