Motivated Caregiving

By Ruth Folger Weiss

balance, complete eldercare planningStaying Motivated as a Caregiver

Those who choose to go into a career of care giving are truly selfless. Caregivers are filled with compassion and put so many others needs before their own. As a caregiver, it might seem like you have no time for yourself at times, or you may even feel guilty about taking time for yourself when you have it. Those feelings can wear a person down. If you're a caregiver, follow the tips below to get motivated and stay motivated while on the job.

Take a walk.  Even if it's just for ten minutes, go outside and take a stroll around the block. Walks are good for a change of scenery and to get a breath of fresh air. It is also a quick form of exercise which can sometimes get neglected due to hectic work schedules. You will come back to work feeling rejuvenated and refreshed.

Laugh until you cry. Some say laughter is the best medicine, and that is definitely true for those experiencing a slump in their energy. A good laugh can quickly boost your bad mood. Whether you read a funny article, watch a funny clip from a TV show or movie, or reminisce with a friend, laughter can be a great pick me up, and reminds you to find the humor even in not so great times.

Do yoga or meditate. Both yoga and meditation are great methods of relaxation. They give you a time to clear your mind, reflect on your thoughts and keep an overall positive outlook on life. Not only is yoga good for your mind, it's good for your body as well.

Pamper yourself. Go on a weekend getaway or take a simple trip to the salon because everyone deserves to be pampered. Indulge in a massage, or get a manicure and pedicure or even a fresh haircut. Not only will you feel relaxed throughout the process, but you'll also get a quick confidence boost.

Find support. Sometimes you just need to vent and air out all of your problems. Friends and family are usually a good support system, but you could also find other caregivers to turn to. The caregivers at a Rockland, MA nursing home suggest reaching out to other caregivers, as they are the ones who can best relate to your problems and concerns. Simply put, other caregivers are the only ones who really understand what you're going through. Once you release all of your worries and get some feedback, you will feel like a weight has been lifted off your shoulders.

At the end of the day, you deserve time for yourself. Do not let the guilt of spending time away from the job get to you. Caregivers make so many sacrifices and tend to neglect their own wants and needs. It is so important to set aside time for yourself, whether it's exercise, reflection or entertainment, these activities are crucial for keeping the motivation to do your job well.

Ruth Folger Weiss is a blogger for Webster Park Nursing Home.



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