1). Home delivery services! Use them!
For example I use a meal delivery service: fresh ingredients with easy to complete recipes arrive at my door every week...no shopping, no figuring out what’s for dinner...it's great!
I take it a step further: Cooked whole meals in boxes arrive twice a week at my house. Zero effort. Calories on the package. Actual vegetables. Mine is called Methodology. -Carrie Jurney
Also- I love grocery shopping on prime now. I can, from my kitchen order my groceries and they are delivered by the afternoon.Out of cat food? Order it. - Carrie Jurney
My pet food: yup delivered to my clinic on autoship. My dogs have not eaten Cheerios for dinner in a long time! -Abby Whiting.
2). Scrubs, White Coats, uniforms:
All my scrubs are the same color. That way they all match. No looking for pieces that match -
My “white coats” are now steel grey, hair and water resistant ...so much easier to keep
clean and “fear free” appropriate! -Abby Whiting
3). Meal Prepping!
I'm a meal prep person so I will dedicate 4-6 hours a week to cook and portion food ahead of time. I go off of what I get from my produce and what proteins I have and go. Then the night before I work I pack my lunch box and snacks! -Dr. Hawley
I got sick recently and as a result had a great opportunity to change my eating habits: I went to eating whole foods like real foods, from a farm or garden. I cook a couple days a week and pack up everything I need in pre portioned containers. This makes the work week so much better! And no more fast food means I feel better too. - Abby Whiting
4). Home Care:
Don't judge, but I hired someone to pick up my dogs' poo from my backyard weekly. I have a mastiff with anxiety issues, food allergies, and IBD. Best investment in my sanity in a loooooooooooong time. - Dr. Jewell
I got a house cleaner that comes q two weeks. I still clean in between, but it takes an amazing amount of pressure off. If my house isn't moderately clean I can't sit down and relax, so this gives me that extra time. -Dr. Gallaghager
I hired a yard guy and bought a Roomba!- Dr. Mullin
A steam mop makes my floors clean in no time! -Dr. Simpson
I grew to accept dog hair as the ultimate living room accessory- Abby Whiting
5). Self Care:
Am a runner. Sucked it up and bought a decent treadmill and some freeweights. Because those precious minutes matter when you are trying to run before work. I don't care if the gym is five minutes away, its still a drive, parking, etc. Now I just walk in to my office. I also love Youtube yoga!
Also working out before work just works for me. I know it gets done that way- if I wait, then that emergency, being tired, etc is just going to suck away my chance/motivation. - Dr. Jurney.
Road Races: I register for one a month...helps keep me motivated and on track.
Groupon: I don’t “pamper” myself hardly ever...but coupons for massages and such make it easier! -Abby Whiting
I schedule my next vacation while I am on vacation...otherwise it falls to the end of the list! -Abby Whiting
I text my friends and family every Sunday...otherwise life gets moving too fast and we lose touch.
Drink plenty of water, then drink some more . -Dr. Patnik
Meditate! - Dr. A.L.
Read non veterinary books! Food for the tired soul!
Remind myself that I am a superhero...and that I did good today!
Sometimes I take a nap...or watch a useless movie, or just sit still and quiet.
I get "off the grid" at least twice a year...out into nature, away from emails, social media, phone calls. It really re centers me. - Abby Whiting.
When I was a new grad: I held pot lucks at the house once a month to have other new grads over to talk through the transition from student to doctor and know none of us were alone. -Abby Whiting
6). Clinic Life:
Find the good and praise it! Teams work better and more efficiently if they feel appreciated and important.
Keeping my desk area tidy...which ain’t easy...there seems to always be an empty diet coke can, 5 million post its, and a stack of to be dones on it. -Anonymous.
Take a break! A 600 second break does the body and soul good - Dr. Jurney
Leave on time: the more individual members of the profession that begin to fiercely defend and protect their time off, the healthier our profession will become. - Abby Whiting
Snacks! I keep on hand some high protein yummy snacks to keep me outta the candy jar!
Laugh! Smile! - all of us!
I hired a student loan financial planner who has extensive knowledge and experience with medical professionals and their unique loans. Best investment! -Dr. Beckley
I made a new rule: no spending money outside the house on work days: no coffee, no out to eats...My savings account and my waistline are happier!- Abby Whiting
The Admin Team of NOMV is a group of veterinarians dedicated to improving veterinary mental health.