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DEAR TABBY

Tips for Leaders: Supporting Your
Staff During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic - PTSD
National Center for PTSD (va.gov)

W

e will likely face some trying moments in the
context of this pandemic, and we need to be
prepared to work through any difficulties we
encounter. Below are a few suggestions that may help
you along the way:·
There are no set rules for working through something like
this. No two people experience the situation in quite the same
way, nor will they share the same reactions. None of us will navigate it quite the same way either. The range of normal reactions
is extremely broad-it's the situation that's abnormal, not you or
your reactions to it.·
Be patient with yourself. Expect your stress reactions to come
and go-sometimes when you're least expecting it, often when
it's least convenient. When you can, let yourself react. If you need
to step away for a couple of minutes or take a moment by yourself, do what you need to do. But try to come back and complete
whatever you were doing as soon as you feel able-that's how we
regain control.·
Be sensitive to those around you, especially the people closest to
you. We tend to turn inward when processing a major life disruption and this can sometimes lead us to pull away from others right
when we need them the most. A simple check in when someone
else is having a tough moment or saying, " I'll be okay, " to someone
concerned for your wellbeing can help more than you may know.·
Talk when you need to; listen when you can. It's really that basic
in the long run. The real work of adapting to situations like this
happens one person at a time, one person to another. Don't try to
go it all alone. Pick the people, places, and times that work the best
for you.·
You don't have to talk when you don't need to. It's important
not to run away from your reactions but you also need to let yourself have some distance from the event and its impacts. Lots of people will have comments, questions, or suggestions. Some may be
welcome but others-though well-intentioned-may seem intrusive, calloused, or clumsy. It's perfectly acceptable to say, " I'd really
rather talk about something else right now, " and take it in another
direction.·
Don't let the worst elements of the situation overshadow your
pride in what you do. As difficult as this event is for all of us, we
will emerge stronger, safer, and more committed than ever to the
work we do. Every one of us is crucial in helping us move ahead.·
One day at a time. It takes time to work through something this
big and some days will be much better than others. Try to take
each day as a fresh challenge and don't be too distracted by an
occasional false start or seeming setback.·

PULSE

FEBRUARY 2021

If it works for you, pass it on. We become stronger when we
work through things together. Catastrophic events can seem
like overwhelming obstacles but there is real strength in getting
through them intact and together. This pandemic is no exception.
We've all mastered other difficulties in our lives, and we will master this, too. Share your strength with others.·
Help is there whenever you need it. Don't wait to reach out for
help. Our EAP is ready to provide confidential help 24/7. If it's a
concern to you, it's worth a call or visit. Other resources below
Alera Group	

https://aia.aleragroup.com

Plynn Gutman 	 plynngutman@gmail.com
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline	 1-800-273-8255
Questions or comments or stories may be sent CONFIDENTIALLY to deartabby@
scvma.org Your privacy is of utmost importance to us and we will protect it.

The real work of
adapting to situations
like this happens one
person at a time, one
person to another.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pulse - February 2021

Pulse - February 2021
Chapter Meetings & Calendar
President’s Perspective
SCVMA Profile
SCVMA Profile
Pulsepoints
Practical Pathology
Cover Feature Story
21 to watch in 2021
Medical Leeway
UC Davis Update
Tools for Success
Angel Fund
Dear Tabby
The RVT
Industry Insights
Quick Reference
Digital Photography for Veterinarians
AVMA Diplomates
Resources
Disease Table
From the SCVMA Office
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Pulse - February 2021 - Cover2
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Pulse - February 2021 - Chapter Meetings & Calendar
Pulse - February 2021 - President’s Perspective
Pulse - February 2021 - SCVMA Profile
Pulse - February 2021 - SCVMA Profile
Pulse - February 2021 - Pulsepoints
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Pulse - February 2021 - 10
Pulse - February 2021 - Practical Pathology
Pulse - February 2021 - Cover Feature Story
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Pulse - February 2021 - 21 to watch in 2021
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Pulse - February 2021 - Medical Leeway
Pulse - February 2021 - UC Davis Update
Pulse - February 2021 - Tools for Success
Pulse - February 2021 - Angel Fund
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Pulse - February 2021 - Dear Tabby
Pulse - February 2021 - The RVT
Pulse - February 2021 - Industry Insights
Pulse - February 2021 - Quick Reference
Pulse - February 2021 - Digital Photography for Veterinarians
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