Building emotional resilience in the workplace

Let’s be honest, working as a veterinary professional takes patience, determination and a truckload of emotional resilience. Some days will be rewarding, others will leave you drained. Sadly, that’s just the nature of the job. However, it’s how you deal with those tougher days that really counts. In this blog, our consultants offer their advice on building emotional resilience in the workplace. 


Glass half-full mentality 


Even if you’re a pessimist by nature, you HAVE to go into veterinary care with a positive mindset. Otherwise, you will end up burned out. At the end of each working day, think about everything that went right, rather than dwelling on what didn’t go quite to plan. Then, next time you encounter a professional hurdle, you will be more likely to approach the situation with logic and positive problem-solving. 




Have your stress-busters ready and waiting on the sidelines. Whether that’s mindfulness podcasts, journaling or making yourself a cuppa – find something that calms your mind and pulls you back from going down the rabbit hole. 


Don’t lose yourself 


At work, you’re a vet whose purpose is to use their expertise to save and care for animals. When you put your key in the door at home, leave that professional at the door. We know it’s easier said than done but getting into this habit can really help you switch off and wind down when out of hours. If you’ve had a particularly testing shift, do something just for you when you get home, like running a bath, watching your favourite show or cooking a comforting meal. 


Express your feelings 


If your profession is starting to have an impact on your mental wellbeing then it’s crucial to reach out and ask for help. Your colleagues can be a great support network if you feel close enough to open up to them – alternatively, telling friends and family how you feel can also reduce work-related stress. 


In the event that you are feeling hopeless or unable to go about your day-to-day then it’s definitely worth speaking to your GP who will be able to provide a professional perspective. 


You can also call the VetLife helpline at any time on 0303 040 2551 for free and confidential support. Alternatively, register here if you would rather get in touch via email.


Here at Choice Vets, we care deeply about the wellbeing of all of our candidates and hope to see further progression in the industry when it comes to supporting our veterinary champions. 


Want to chat? Give us a call on 0203 9784 104.