It’s easy to think that everyone has a family. But even though we all come from parents somewhere, our working definitions of family – and the degree to which we turn to them for support and nurturance – differ widely. Family can mean the people we’re related to by blood or marriage, or close friends with whom we share our lives. Either way, it’s helpful to have an inner circle of loved ones to whom you can turn for advice, support and nurturance.
But it can be easy for veterinarians to neglect their familial relationships, especially during times of stress and change. Many of us struggle to balance long hours at the office, weekend on-call duties, and the need for family time. In truth, family can be both a source of stress and a source of inspiration and comfort.
If you’ve decided that familial relationships are an area that you should nurture more as part of your self-care plan, here are some possible starting points:
Get advice and tips from other veterinarians who have made it work or are trying to do so:
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