In the demanding field of canine therapy, the wellbeing of the therapist is crucial for successful practice and essential for the overall welfare of the therapist, dog and owner clients.
The prioritisation of the therapist’s wellbeing is not only fundamental to the individual themselves but has a huge impact on the service they provide. Establishing an appropriate work life balance ensures enormous benefits to the therapist’s professional and personal life as a whole.
Wellbeing is a huge topic encompassing safe living, happiness, and good mental and physical health, and should not be compromised by work demands. A good balance enables us to feel a sense of fulfilment and contentment which releases dopamine, serotonin and endorphins into our body making us feel happy, reducing anxieties and our perception of physical pain.
On the other hand, work related stress can negatively affect our physical and mental health. It leads to reduced productivity and affects the success of your business. Additionally, individuals may experience a diminished quality of life, strained relationships and low self-esteem which can lead to absenteeism and high staff turnover.
Identifying stressors in the canine workplace is critical to managing them. Workplace stress is often complex, yet we expect ourselves to deal with multiple issues on a daily basis: high workloads, interpersonal conflicts, poor resources, lack of support etc. Even seemingly minor issues such as technical glitches, running late, or managing a complex case all accumulate over time and have a negative impact on our wellbeing.
It’s therefore essential to implement effective stress management strategies. Fostering a supportive and positive work culture is fundamental in optimising the physical, mental, and emotional health of the therapist and increasing the success of the business!
There should be clear communication within the business, conflicts should be addressed promptly and confidentially, and opportunities provided for appropriate training and personal development.
When therapists feel valued and supported they are more likely to experience a sense of confidence and satisfaction in their work.
Whether you are a lone worker or part of a team, achieving a healthy work-life balance is crucial. Flexible diary management, adequate rest periods and a realistic workload is vital. Encouraging oneself or employees to take breaks, practice self-care and engage in activities outside of the workplace prevents burnout and supports a healthier work-life integration.
Research shows that our wellbeing is improved by simply eating healthier, taking regular exercise, and giving ourselves sufficient rest to recuperate.
Therapists often deal not only with physical, but with complex emotional challenges at work and would benefit from the ability to access counselling and mental health resources. Mentoring and support within trusted communities is also valuable and offered by professional associations and training providers.
Professionalism includes self-care. The therapist owes the same duties to themselves as they do to others, and this includes the responsibility to promote health and safety, preserve integrity and maintain competencies and personal growth.
The wellbeing of all therapists is key for the delivery of high-quality care and the sustainability of a successful business. Acknowledging daily challenges and taking proactive steps to support wellbeing fosters job satisfaction and professional growth.
Ultimately, prioritising the health and happiness of therapists benefits both the individual providing the healthcare and the patients and owners they serve.
Introducing the K9 Therapy Hub – the ultimate resource for canine therapy professionals
At K9HS we understand the challenges you face as a canine therapist. That’s why we created a comprehensive online platform to help you advance your clinical skills and excel in your canine practice.
The Hub offers you a wide range of micro, bitesize, mini and short certificated CPD courses. You get to choose the topic to explore and shape your clinical techniques. Whether you wish to advance your knowledge linked to clinical skills or progress your “therapeutic toolbox of techniques”, we have it covered!
We know how tricky it can be to find the time to generate your business policies, procedures and forms. Our Template and Video Toolbox are unique resources specifically created for therapists. Our goal is to empower you with the clinical tools you need, to deliver a consistently exceptional service to the dogs in your professional care.
What sets the Hub apart is our vibrant and supportive community. Connect with like-minded professionals, share experiences and gain valuable insights from others in the field. Together, we can inspire and advance your canine career journey.
Join the K9 Therapy Hub today and unlock a world of opportunities to progress your clinical skills, transform your practice and make a positive impact on the lives of the dogs you work with.