1. Remember why you’re doing it

Remembering why you chose to work as a carer is one of the biggest motivating tricks you can access. Whilst working as a carer can be difficult, coming back to the reasons you chose to start the job can help make it more enjoyable and rewarding. Any time you get stressed or overwhelmed, make a list of the reasons why you started a career in care.

For example, maybe you began caring for elderly parents or grandparents to help them enjoy their independence or maybe you did it because you wanted to see people smile. No matter what your reasons may be, checking back in with them (or remembering those times) can help you enjoy your position and navigate the hard days with ease.

2. Reach out to friends or family

When you feel stressed or unmotivated, reach out to your friends or family. They’ll be able to help you remember what you love about working in care and make it easier for you to keep your head in the game. Even a short phone call with a close friend can make you happy and provide the touch point you need to keep delivering great care.

3. Connect With Support Groups

If you feel stuck in a rut in your career, reach out to carer support groups. Care giving support groups make it easier to connect with like-minded peers and find productive and intelligent ways to navigate the stress of the job and stay motivated to care for your customers / service users. They can also be a fantastic resource when you’re feeling overwhelmed or confused about how to move forward with your career. Putting a personal learning and development plan in place can also help.

4. Exercise

While many carers feel that they’re too busy to hit the gym, finding a way to fit it in is essential. Exercise helps you stay lean and healthy, and can be an excellent way to blow off steam and clear your head. Regardless of whether you had a tough day with a client / service user or things are going well, be sure that you’re making time to be physically active. The more space you create for this pursuit, the better you’ll feel and the more efficient you’ll be at your job.

5. Start Each Day Rested

Good sleep translates to an increased ability to do your job. To make the most of your days and ensure you’re serving your customers / service users well, get some rest. Things, like developing a consistent night-time schedule, practicing good sleep, avoiding artificial light in the 60 minutes before bed, and prioritising sleep, are essential. A lot of carers work between 40 – 50 hours a week, and, without enough rest, this schedule is impossible to maintain. With this in mind, enjoy your sleep and make it a priority, since it will help you stay motivated for the task at hand. If you didn’t sleep well the night before, try your best to fit in a power nap somewhere during the day. Even 20 minutes of slumber can make all the difference in your attitude and outlook.

6. Brainstorm New Approaches

Do you have a difficult customer / service user you can’t figure out how best to work with and support?” Don’t get discouraged. Instead, get proactive. Taking the time to brainstorm new approaches is an excellent way to make the most of the customer / service user relationship and ensure that you’re serving each customer / service user as well as you can. If you’re having a difficult time making headway, or you feel stuck in a rut, talk with your fellow carers  (or discuss at your next supervision) or head to an online forum. The more proactive you can be in addressing these problems, the more motivated you’ll be to excel at your job.

7. Develop a Morning Routine

Rushing through your morning and starting work stressed and frazzled is a terrible way to start the day. Instead, develop a morning routine that allows you space and time to cater to yourself before you dive into a day spent catering to other people. Wake up early enough to drink your morning brew, read for a bit, go for a walk, and get cleaned up before you go to work. This morning routine, combined with a nice healthy breakfast, will make all the difference when it comes to your daily motivation.

8. Set Goals

Goals are a great way to stay motivated in your daily life. No matter if your goals are big or small, setting them can help you hold yourself accountable. For example, you can set a goal to be more interactive with your customer / service users, to stress less during the workday, or to eliminate time-wasters that make you feel frantic and hurried at work. No matter what you do, setting goals is a great way to motivate yourself. Don’t forget to reward yourself when you achieve them!

9. Take Breaks

According to recent research, taking regular breaks can help you feel more motivated and focused at work. While it’s true that finding time to take breaks can be difficult as a carer, it can be as simple as a 20 – minute break during the day or hiring respite care to allow for longer breaks throughout the year. No matter what you do, find a way to make it work for you since downtime is essential for carers who want to perform as well as possible.

10. Take a Deep Breath

While it’s easy to find yourself feeling flustered, off-task, or distracted in your daily work, take a deep breath and re-centre yourself. Although you can’t do away with stressors completely, you can change how you react to them.

A Great Carer is a Motivated Carer

Caring is a challenging profession, and learning how to stay motivated will help you achieve better results with your patients and yourself. From taking care of your mind and your body to setting goals for your attention and interaction with your customers / service users, these ten tips will allow you to be a more efficient, motivated, active carer every single day.

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