We all need a little bit of motivation in life.
Something to push us forward and keep us going with a smile.
But as a caregiver finding that motivation isn’t always the easiest thing.
Especially, if you’re too busy to even look.
If you’re in search for some motivation, here are some great sources to get you motivated as a caregiver.
Watch something inspiring
Whether it be a fictional film, a documentary, or something heartfelt on YouTube, inspirational videos go a long way. It’s all too easy to fall into the routine humdrum of a caregiver’s life. Sometimes, that routine is good and comforting. But other times, it can get us in rut. On days when you find yourself with less pep in your step, try watching something that will remind you how much family and caregiving really means to you.
Meet with other caregivers
As social creatures, we crave social connection. And we want that connection with people who we feel are going through the same things as we are. So that we can discuss, chat, and bond over shared experiences. As caregivers, we can sometimes lose motivation when we think we’re going at it alone. That’s why it’s important to connect with other caregivers. Find meetups and social groups, where you can find caregivers just like you, and push one another to do the best you can.
Spend quality time with your loved one
One of the biggest struggles that arises with caregiving is not treating it as a job. When you’re at it night and day, the work can sometimes feel overwhelming like an assignment or task. And that’s when the sparks of joy fly out the window. The best remedy for this, is planning some quality time with your senior. In order to keep those sparks close at home and close to the heart, spend some time with your loved one doing something you both enjoy, something fun. This way, caregiving never gets stale, but rather stays meaningful and enjoyable.
When you’re feeling tired and unmotivated, sometimes the best thing to do is take a break. See something new, something fresh, and take a breather. Caregivers sometimes worry that if they go on vacation, or spend a weekend away, they’re leaving their loved one behind. Or, that their shirking responsibility for fun. But the truth is, if you don’t care for yourself, you can’t be there to care for others. If you overwork yourself, the strain will eventually cause you to fall lax in your caregiving. If you want to give your loved one the care he or she deserves, you need to keep yourself in good shape as well. And sometimes, that means taking a break before you get too tired.
Which leads us to…
Get help when you need it
If you’re feeling stressed and overworked, don’t be afraid to reach out for a helping hand. It’s better that you ask for help, than your loved one not get the care he or she deserves.
At Aurora Home Care, we’re always happy to lend an extra hand, whether that be in the form of a personal care assistant, some light housekeeping, or someone to stay with your loved one while you refresh and revive your motivation.