Skip to main content



6 Tips for Instant Stress Relief at Work

Isabelle Perlman

When you’re stressed, it can feel like the weight of the world (and the practice) is on your shoulders. 

Stress can interfere with not only your physical health, but also your ability to care for your patients and clients in the best possible way. You handle so much on a daily basis, often work long hours and weekends, and are expected to do it all with a big smile on your face. 

When you hear the words, “stress relief,” you probably think of yoga and meditation, or maybe a nice bubble bath. Unfortunately, we can’t plop down on our mats or hop in a bath in the middle of the vet clinic, but if you can, congratulations: we are officially jealous! Sometimes, it can take more than an adorable pet to bring some stress relief to a busy day. 

Here are some immediate stress-busting techniques you can use both in the practice and out of office:

1. Let it go

As a wise princess once said, “Let it go!” Things don’t always go your way at work and we all make mistakes. When one thing goes bad, it feels like even the most trivial things can get under our skin. It’s so important to practice consciously letting these things go out of our minds. Over-thinking and complaining only wastes time and brews more anger.

2. Speak slow

A quick and lesser-known hack to reduce stress is to take things more slowly, specifically, when you’re speaking. Stress usually results in speaking fast and breathlessly. When you do the opposite in reverse, you can trick your brain (and others) into appearing less anxious and more in control. 

3. Breathe slow

While it’s nearly impossible to do yoga in the middle of a workday, there are techniques within this practice that can help you quickly de-stress. The next time something stressful happens, instead of reacting immediately, take three deep breaths and exhale slowly. Slower heart rate is associated with lowered anxiety. 

4. Just do it

Stress at work can build when there are a million things you have to do and they can’t seem to stop piling on. If you choose one easy thing you’ve been putting off (like making a follow-up phone call or returning an email), just do it immediately. You’ll feel energized and find that your attitude has improved. 

5. Go outside 

It may not be that easy, especially during a busy day, but just getting outside for 5 minutes can lower stress. Even if it’s rainy, snowy, or 110 degrees out, fresh air is fresh air. Being outside can remind us of what’s important and clear our heads.

6. Fuel up 

Hunger and dehydration can cause aggressiveness and provoke anxiety and stress, so give yourself some of your own treats once in a while! Eat small, healthy snacks throughout the day, and invest in a cool water bottle that will make you want to drink it constantly.

Hopefully these six tips help you kick stress to the curbside (but not where your clients are currently waiting). You deserve to feel and perform your best at work—don’t let stress get in your way of that. By being mindful of your behavior throughout the day, you can become a zen master of your mood. 

Let us take at least one burden off your shoulders: Join our online CE event, Vet Show @ Home on October 29-30 for 20 RACE-approved CE credits for FREE! Save your spot here!

Be the leader of your pack

Get a special discount on your conference pass and be the first to hear the latest industry news, program updates, and more.