How to self-care after a rough shift

With any job, you will come home some days feeling completely exhausted. When you're a caregiver, these days unfortunately happen more often than now.

When this happens, it's hard to stay motivated for your next day of work.

As a caregiver, after some shifts,

  • You may find yourself frustrated with how your client was behaving OR
  • You may find yourself very tired

When either of these things happen, it’s important to take care of yourself after work. By taking care of yourself, you can start your next day fresh.

Below, we want to share our best tips with you to help you re-energize yourself.

We hope these tips can help you fight stress and burn-out on the job.


Tip #1: Unwind. We recommend you do this by watching TV, reading, and getting some good food into your system

The best ways to relax are watching your favorite TV shows, reading a good book, and getting some good food to eat.

First, we recommend that you get food in your system. Food can give you the energy you're lacking from your shift, and it can give you the energy you need for your next one. If your shift was especially rough, we recommend you eat a good meal but also some comfort food if you want.

Next, we recommend you watch TV or read a good book. Do you have a new TV series or book you've been wanting to start? No better way to unwind than by starting either of these. Watching TV and reading are great ways to relax.

Once you eat and watch TV or read, you will find yourself feeling much better and ready to take on your next day at work.


Tip #2: Remind yourself that it was just a bad day, not a bad life.

Bad days happen in life, so make sure you remind yourself of this and do your best to make your next day great. 

Whatever made your day bad, we recommend you put it aside and focus on making your next day great.

We also recommend that you figure out the root of your problem. Ask yourself what made your day bad. Once you do this, you can figure out what went wrong, and figure out what to do to solve the issue the next day.

For example, if your day wasn't great because of an issue with a client, jot down some ideas on how you can best deal with it tomorrow. On the other hand, if your day was bad because you were tired, focus on getting rest before the next shift.

Above all, we recommend you make sure the day after your bad day, you try to have the most positive mindset possible. Always remind yourself that your next day can be better.


Tip #3: Take a shower or bath and then sleep. 

Oftentimes, feeling fresh and clean can help you to feel happier. If you’re someone who likes taking baths to relax, the time after a bad shift is the best time to draw a hot bath and light some candles.

If you prefer, a shower can also help. Showers are great for clearing your mind. They also are great for refreshing your body and making you feel healthier all-around.

We also suggest that you put on some of your favorite songs while you shower or bathe so you can get your mood boosted.

All in all, showering or bathing can go a long way to make you feel better, both physically and mentally.


Tip #4: Go into work the next day with a clear mindset

The next day at work, be patient and tell yourself that this day will be better than the last. Remind yourself that if it ends up not being great, you can always do some self care after to make yourself feel better.

The most important thing is that you go into the day with the mindset that this day can be great.

We also recommend that you get yourself a nice breakfast the day after a bad shift so that you can start your day off on a good note.


To summarize:

After a bad shift, if you can:

  • Unwind by watching TV, reading, and getting some good food into your system.
  • Remind yourself that it was just a bad day, not a bad life.
  • Take a shower or bath and then sleep.
  • Go into work the next day with a clear mindset

Then, you will find yourself dealing with your stress well and able to start a new day on a good note.

You can’t provide good care for your client if you'ren’t taking care of yourself first. This is why it’s really important that you put yourself first to manage your stress by doing self care.

Tips for caregivers to self-care after a rough shift

Newest posts

Sign up now
Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.
Interested in learning more?

Levo Blog provides the latest insights to 10x your hiring processes

“We love working with the Levo team! They provided us with valuable advices that supercharged our hiring process.”

Gianna Johnson
Director @Arosa