by Carrie Jurney DVM DACVIM (Neuro)
When the new Apple watch was announced as waterproof, I was pretty stoked. Like most of you, I wash my hands 45 million times a day. There was no chance I was going to shell out several hundred bucks for a smart watch that couldn't get wet. Are you kidding me? Guaranteed that a dachshund would urinate on it in the first ten minutes I owned it. But this watch I could rinse! And presumably if it can get water on it, a little dachshund pee isn't going to kill it. Hurray!
The watch came with this app "Breathe." This simple little app just reminds you to take just a minute, literally one minute, and do nothing but breathe. You can set it to go off every hour or every 3, 5 or 7 hours. As I was setting up my watch I was super in to it. I thought, "Okay, hourly seems like a lot, but I can take a minute every three hours and breathe. "
Let me assure you, this was harder than I anticipated. In a busy clinic day, a minute seems like a lifetime, and there are sometimes in our jobs where a single minute does in fact matter. It's not appropriate to take a minute to breathe while restraining a fractious cat or intubating a patient. But, you can take a minute after that. And wow, what a difference a minute can make. It helps me not let the whirlwind of the day catch me.
I'm sure there are some other apps that do similar things. Anyone have a favorite?
The Admin Team of NOMV is a group of veterinarians dedicated to improving veterinary mental health.