Write a blog they said. Your friends and clients will like to have some sort of insight to life at a veterinary hospital, they said...
And well, here I am with writer's block :) You're welcome!
To begin, I thought that I'd share a little bit about what some of us do to unwind when we're not taking care of you and your pets.
Vet life (unlike the Pug Life), can be emotionally, as well as physically stressful. It can be extraordinarily rewarding as well. Finding the balance between what we give at work and what we need for ourselves as humans that continue to function can be a hard go.
Quite a few people who work at vet hospitals (just like humans everywhere else) can struggle with their health. Like many others we deal with the physical reality of having a bad back or aging knees. A lot of us "take home" the emotional burdens of the day. Some days someone gets angry or upset at with us, or maybe a beloved pet that we've known since it was a baby has crossed over the rainbow bridge. That stuff hurts.
That's not to say that we don't have a lot of really, really great days too. We get to see new life come into the world. We love our team and seeing each other succeed. We love how hard our clients try to help their pets live their best lives. All of this brings us a LOT of joy.
But how do we balance it all?
Me - I get out in nature. I love that I work a variety of shifts here at the hospital (all though I dislike that I can't be here whenever someone needs me) because it lets me get outdoors when it's not so darned crowded. You can often find me on the trails opposite Ledgeview, or up on Sumas Mountain, with my dogs Gunner and True.
I love taking pictures of nature (often just with my phone, because the camera that you have with you is the best one that day), and sharing them with my friends, often on Facebook, because honestly that's how I stay in touch with so many friends and family these days.
We have a few exercise enthusiasts here at CRPH: do you know who's currently training for a marathon? Guess who goes to the gym a LOT? Do you know which staff member can be found on the trails around Abbotsford? We have a few skilled archers on staff. At least 4 of us enjoy target shooting - don't worry, only paper is harmed.
We have "games" enthusiasts! As in board games!
We love food - an we love sharing it with each other. I think that I need to do a blog post about foods eaten at the veterinary clinic :) We eat a LOT.
The coveted "work / life" balance for me comes in the form of really taking care of myself, the best that I can - eating real food, getting really well exercised a few times a week, getting more than 6 hours of sleep. By doing this, I can usually hold it all together, so that I can help support my fellow team members, and do my best for you.
So what do YOU do "to hold it all together" so that you can be your best self?
Comment below - we can all use a few tips to be our healthiest selves :)