Today's Veterinary Practice

MAY-JUN 2018

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83 MAY/JUNE 2018 ● TVPJOURNAL.COM Overcoming the State of Overwhelm Dr. Laura Baltodano, Owner of Lighthouse Pet Clinic Lehigh Acres, Florida FINDING BALANCE Have you ever found yourself with your fingers interlaced through your hair pressing and digging into your scalp, or perhaps even pulling your hair, in frustration? From the moment you wake up, it seems that everyone is demanding your attention. It's no wonder that before the day is even into full swing, you are completely overwhelmed and wishing you were somewhere else. Know that you are not alone. As veterinary professionals, we live full, busy lives. We are wanted and needed. That's a great thing! However, in order to be fully present and available for everyday demands, it's important to reset each day. TAKE CARE OF NO. 1 While it may seem selfish, taking care of your own priorities should take precedence over other priorities that demand your attention. When you address your priorities, it helps minimize worry and the feeling of overwhelm that the day's stressors may bring. Decrease Distractions In order to accomplish this, start by decreasing distractions, such as technology. For example, set an intention to not pick up your phone upon awakening each day. When you begin checking emails, texts, and social media your agenda has no longer become your own. By allowing everyone else's demands, comments, and opinions into your conscious awareness from the get-go, the state of overwhelm and to-dos kick in. If you use your phone as an alarm, and it's too tempting not to look, consider putting your phone on airplane mode overnight. If that is not an option for you, change your notifications setting on your phone so that your apps don't have that glaring red number telling you how many emails or social medias messages you have waiting. Alternatively, you can change your display setting to show in black and white. A monochrome screen will make the red notifications button less obvious. On an iPhone, you can change this setting by going to Settings ➞ General ➞ Accessibility ➞ Display Accommodations ➞ Color Filters toggling the button to on and choosing Grayscale. Lastly, remove the alerts, sounds, and vibrations that come in when receiving a text, email, or social media message so you are not tempted to jump and look at it every time one comes in. Take Action Read tips on getting a better night's rest: through-the-night Make it a priority to change your phone (and desktop/laptop) notifications to decrease distractions. FINDING BALANCE

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