The Small Things

This week’s Counselor’s Corner will be basic, quick, and to the point.

Adapt and overcome. Becoming comfortable with the uncomfortable. As we care for ourselves and others, remember the small things.

  • Let yourself feel what you feel without judgment.
    • Happiness, anger, frustration—write these feelings down as a way to capture them on paper.
  • Remind yourself that you can only do what you can do.
    • Do the best that you can in this current moment.
  • Stay present.
    • Name three things that you can see, hear, or touch.
  • List three things you did well today.
  • List five things you are grateful for.
  • Complete two acts of kindness—for both yourself and others.
  • See the beauty in the sun and the ice. 
  • Take several deep breaths to help reconnect your mind with your body.
  • Remind yourself that this too will pass.
    • And, when it does, you’re going to be stronger than before.
  • Eat as much pizza as you can.
    • There will soon be a time you won’t want to!
  • Debrief with a friend or co-worker.
  • See the beauty in the animal you are helping to become well.
  • Find the humor in something.

These are small things—but remember—it’s the small things that help with the long-term issues of self-care and burn-out.

Also, I’ve now had the privilege of watching many of you work. And, I can’t begin to say how impressed I am with the professionalism, skill, and dedication you all display!

Michael Hawkins

Michael Hawkins, MA, LPC is a licensed professional counselor at the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (VMTH). With almost 25 years of experience as a counselor, he works with clinicians, students, staff, and clients—compassionately attending to the human needs that arise in the practice of veterinary medicine. Counselor’s Corner is a blog devoted to that purpose. BACK TO BLOG