Why all veterinary professionals should take up journaling

While being a vet can be incredibly rewarding, there are also days which can be emotionally draining. Whether you’ve had an overwhelmingly busy shift or had to deliver bad news to a family, the veterinary profession is a tough gig when it comes to mental health.

That’s why it’s extra important to look after yourself and make time to process your emotions. Journaling is a great way to do this and can help you better understand your triggers.

In this blog, our expert consultants provide an overview of the key benefits of journaling for veterinary professionals.

What is journaling?

Journaling is the practice of writing down your thoughts, feelings and experiences. This can be done in whatever format works for you – whether that be a traditional diary, online document or even the notes app in your phone!

Getting your thoughts out of your head and down on paper is believed to help ‘unclog’ your brain and help you process the world around you more easily. Some people find that journaling also gives them more agency over their feelings, as it allows them to organise and understand them better.

What are the benefits of journaling for veterinary professionals?

  1. Improved self-awareness 

Journaling can help you develop greater self-awareness by exploring your values, beliefs, and attitudes. Writing about your experiences can help you identify your strengths and weaknesses, and gain a deeper understanding of your motivations and goals. This self-awareness can help you make better decisions, set more meaningful goals, and improve your overall well-being.

  1. Mitigate stress

After a particularly draining day at work, writing down your experiences and the challenges you encountered throughout your shift can help you process everything in a non-judgmental space. Once you’ve reflected on your day, it is important to close your diary (or notes app) and move into your personal time. That means doing something you enjoy and switching off from work for the rest of the day or evening.

  1. Reflect and grow

Not only can journaling help improve your mental well-being, but it also gives you the opportunity to track your professional progress and look at improvements that you could make in the future. For example, if you made a decision at work that didn’t have the desired outcome, consider how you would approach the same situation knowing what you know now.

Remember, the Choice Vets team is always here to support you. Give us a call today for further information on our job opportunities (0203 9784 104).