The new AVMA guide "100 Healthy Tips to Support a Culture of Wellbeing" offers practical steps that veterinarians can take to support healthful living and create a positive work environment.
The 12-page guide addresses nine dimensions that contribute to well-being: creative, emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, occupational, physical, social, and spiritual. The healthy tips offer strategies for improvement both at the individual level and in the workplace.
To improve physical well-being, for example, one idea for the workplace is to be supportive of team members who adjust their schedules to make it possible to exercise or go to a medical appointment. One idea for individuals is to prioritize sleep, making it a necessity, not a luxury.
"100 Healthy Tips to Support a Culture of Wellbeing" was developed for the 2018 Veterinary Wellbeing Summit earlier this year, which explored practical strategies for participants to take home and implement in their own lives to enhance both personal and professional well-being.
The AVMA continues developing new tools and other resources to support veterinarians' health, available in the well-being section of the AVMA website. Among the resources are tools to help veterinarians plan and implement their own self-care plans, lead efforts to improve workplace well-being for their teams, and learn how to identify and help colleagues who might be in crisis and considering suicide.
Related JAVMA content:
Taking responsibility for well-being in the workplace (June 15, 2018)