Vets & Vet Nurses & Vet Techs – mindset strategies to help you stay sane when everything about you feels like it’s out of control in your head, your clinic, your life because of Covid and Lockdown

Positive Mental Attitude

I like to think I’m reasonably good at focussing on the positive – although I haven’t always been this way and every now and again, I find myself heading down the slippery slow of a downward spiral which takes onehelluvalotta effort to get back out of.

I have a few strategies that help me stay living in the light – things I know I need to do when I find myself in the shadows and/or starting on that downward spiral.  I’ll share these with you at the end.

Increased stress and tension more prevalent

This past week – when we’ve still be stuck in AL4 Lockdown in NZ – I’ve noticed an upswing in the type of emails and phone calls I’ve been receiving.  

It appears the underlying tension people havein their lives, appears greater … people are understandably more stressed … little things get to them more and they’ve had enough so they’re looking for a change.

One of the standard questions Isobel and I always ask is ‘why are you looking to change jobs?’ and surprisingly, many of the people who call us actually enjoy their jobs.  

They like working where they’re working … but they’re feeling fed up, under or not appreciated, overworked, tired, exhausted.

So we talk.   And talk and talk. 

Unfortunately, there’s nothing I can do about their physical state, but I can help with their mental one.

Look for the best in people

First up – I prefer to see the best in people.  I like to think that everyone’s doing their best with what they have – this means even managers who don’t say “thank you” nearly often enough.

I believe that people are inherently GOOD people, not BAD people.  I’d rather lift someone up than knock them down.   Those are fundamentals that view how I see other people and the world.

Appreciation in the workplace

Let’s take feeling appreciated, for example:  I believe that people would – if given the choice – swing to the side of wanting the people in their lives to feel appreciated rather than taken for granted. 

For example, let’s say we’re talking about appreciation – do you know how the people you work / live with, know that you appreciate them? 

Unless you’ve asked someone outright “how would you like me to show you I appreciate you?” and they know themselves well enough, most of us will show others we appreciate them the way we like to be appreciated ourselves – which may be different to how they like to be appreciated.

During Lockdown last year, I uploaded a questionnaire onto VetStaff’s website to help employers / employees discover how people like to be appreciated at work.  It’s a free questionnaire – you don’t have to provide your email or anything like that, takes about 5 minutes to complete, and helps you discover how you like to be appreciated at work. 

I recommend all teams complete it – that way everyone can talk the language of appreciation that each individual person understands. 

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