Tips for Self-Motivation
As a family caregiver, finding intrinsic motivation can be difficult. Many times, the only source of motivation comes from stressful circumstances propelling you to keep trudging forward. Although motivation can sometimes come from stress, this should not always be the case. Over time, you will likely tire yourself out and you may develop a negative mental outlook on the situation, which can lead to feelings of depression, anxiety, aggression, or social isolation. In this blog, we want to help you find ways to motivate yourself through positive changes in your mindset and lifestyle. Often, finding motivation is about re-organizing your daily routines, expectations, and behaviors. We hope that these tips can provide you a basis for future success as a family caregiver. Remember, challenges are a part of everyday life, so do not get discouraged if you encounter obstacles. Instead, focus on the positive aspects of life and what you can do to change for the better.
Here are some tips:
- Stay Positive: As cliché as this may sound, a positive mindset is the first step to making positive changes in your life. A positive mindset does not mean being foolishly optimistic or carefree. It generally means being realistic about achieving goals in the future, and hoping that things will work out.
- Set Realistic Goals: One of the causes of disappointments is setting too high expectations for yourself. This can be applied to all aspects of life. For instance, if you are not a fast reader, but you tell yourself that you want to read War and Peace in one day, then you might be disappointed since you may likely not finish within the timeline you’ve set. Similarly, as a caregiver, set small goals throughout the day that you know are doable. You will realize just how much hard work you’ve put in to caring for your loved one. The more manageable goals you accomplish, the bigger the difference you’ve made in your loved one’s life.
- Don’t Dwell on What You Can’t Control: Part of what hinders us in achieving our goals is anxiety and regret. These two states can be very debilitating. Try not to dwell on factors that are out of your control, and do not dwell in the past unless you are trying to learn from an experience to better yourself. Instead, focus on what you can control and how you can make productive and beneficial changes.
- Keep Track of Progress: Makes lists of all of the goals, chores, and activities you have to accomplish. Not only will making a list help remind you of what has to get done, it will also allow you to keep track of everything you have accomplished. This “record keeping” can act as a form of motivation to continue doing good work in the future.
- Be Around Good Company: People who are also positive and hard-working will have a beneficial influence on you. Try to keep your social interactions limited to those people who will motivate you and be a positive influence in your life. People who are constantly negative will drag you down.
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