This VETChat episode is part of our series on supporting and empowering women in veterinary, hosted by Kathryn Bell. Joining Kathryn today is Liz Barton, Head Of Communications at VetCT and Co-Founder of WellVet.

In this episode, Kathryn and Liz discuss how we can enhance our own self-care. They talk about the reality of self-care, how we can become more aware of our levels of self-care, how to deal with being overwhelmed or stressed, and how to practice self-care during busy workdays. Liz also explains some strategies for practice managers or team leaders to take up to improve the well-being of their co-workers and the influence of practising mindfulness.

Liz has kindly sent us links to some resources mentioned in the episode, which can be found at the end of this blog post.

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Liz Barton, Head Of Communications at VetCT and Co-Founder of WellVet

Kathryn: As with many careers, a veterinary one can be very emotionally and physically demanding on individuals and teams, which is why we’re so thankful to have you here today to talk to us and to share your thought, advice and experiences around self-care. Self-care can mean lots of different things to different people. So if we just start by discussing self-care and what it is that it means to you?

Liz: So my understanding of self-care has definitely developed over time and I think now for me, it’s really taking steps to ensure our own physical, mental, and emotional health doesn’t suffer as a result of constantly giving out those kinds of extrinsic activities and responsibilities. Be that at work, whether it’s paid or unpaid labour around the house, or, you know, giving out to friends and family or even to wider society. I think we have finite resources that change throughout our lives, sort of internal resources and we need to allow the time and space to recharge and then sort of address our intrinsic needs.

Listen to the rest of the episode here.

Resources Mentioned

  • The ‘recovery from work’ webinar can be found here.
  • An article on ‘the 5 stages of workplace burnout’ can be found here.