Over time, we can tend to get complacent in what we do. When it comes to caring for others, providing great care makes a huge difference to your loved one or client. When you need some motivation to providing exceptional care, think of these tips:
REMEMBER WHY YOU ARE DOING IT- Why did you become a caregiver? You want to be a difference maker in someone's life. You are helping your client live their best life by helping them stay in the comfort of their own home. You are giving their families confidence their loved one is being well taken care of. You are helping your community by giving back to all of those who have given so much before you.
REACH OUT TO FAMILY AND FRIENDS- If you need some encouragement, go to the ones who love you the most! Spending time with your family, significant other, or your best group of friends will often give you a surge of encouragement and satisfaction. It's like a breath of fresh air, and the life-giving oxygen you need to continue on helping others.
CONNECT WITH SUPPORT GROUPS OR OTHER CAREGIVERS- We are here for you! If you need some encouragement or inspiration, don't hesitate to ask us for help! Get involved in our HomeCourt community activities for a chance to meet other caregivers who are going through the same thing as you.
EXERCISE- Physical activity helps reduce levels of the body's stress hormones. It also helps elevate your mood, and you just over-all feel better!
GET ENOUGH SLEEP- Getting the appropriate amount of sleep is so important for your health, your mood, your creativity, your stress levels, and more! Make sleep a priority for yourself!
GET CREATIVE WITH NEW APPROACHES- If you feel like you aren't connecting with your client, try something different and new! Find common ground with them to help create a relationship. Try a fun activity together like art/crafting/listening to music/going on a walk/etc.
MORNING ROUTINE- If your mornings are hectic and you are constantly rushing through your morning to get to work on time, try setting a routine. Try packing your lunch and prepping your coffee maker the night before. Wake up 15-30 minutes earlier to get a walk or stretch session in. Set out your clothes for the next day. It may take a few days, but once you get a good routine, you will realize how much better prepared you are and energized for the day ahead.
SET GOALS- Setting small goals by the day, week, and month are good ways to help you work towards something. Be sure to make your goals realistic so you can stay motivated to reach them.
TAKE BREAKS- If you are constantly saying "yes" to everyone and have no time for yourself, consider taking a break. Perhaps try blocking out some "quiet time" to your calendar each week. It is important to take care of yourself so you can better take care of others.
TAKE A DEEP BREATH- In the middle of a busy or stressful day, remember to take a few breaths. This can help slow you down and focus on what you are doing.