4 WAYS TO REDUCE STRESS
Esteemed veterinary industry friend and clinical psychologist, Amber Owen, has helped us develop practical stress management strategies, tailored specifically for veterinary professionals to use.
Listen to her insights and read below the four ways to reduce stress in your life.
- You can’t control what happens in the future.
- You can’t control the pandemic, the world economy or how your government manages its response.
- And you can’t control your feelings.
A really simple way to “notice” is to ask yourself simple questions, like:
- What can I hear around me right now?
- What sensations can I feel in my body right now?
- Where is the most difficult sensation I am feeling?
Naming involves silently and non-judgmentally acknowledging whatever is "showing up" inside you:
Take the stance of a curious scientist, observing what’s going on in your inner world. As you do this, often it’s helpful to put this into words, and silently say to yourself something like, "I’m noticing anxiety", or "Here’s frustration”, or "There’s my mind worrying" or "I’m having a feeling of sadness" or "I’m having thoughts about how I can’t cope with this stress right now”.
3. Making space
- If someone I loved was going through this experience and feeling what I am feeling, how would I treat them?
- What kind and caring things would I do for them?
- How would I behave towards them?
- What might I say to reassure them?
The final step is connecting – no matter who we are, all humans require connection to function well and to take care of themselves effectively. Reach out for help, assistance, support, and advice. This includes reaching out to:
- Health professionals
- Your social networks.
And if you are able to offer support to others, let them know; you can be a resource for other people, just as they can for you.