Tips for SLPs for Moving on When You’re Stuck in a Rut! Part One
Did you listen to my podcast earlier this week?
It was a good one!
I talked about how to get yourself out of a rut!
Have you been there before?
I certainly have and this fall during conference season, I talked to several therapists, those new to the field as well as those who’ve been doing this a while, who all felt “stuck,” for lack of a better word.
Being stuck is NO fun and I am all about having fun, so in this week’s podcast I suggested 6 different ways of lifting yourself out of that muck!
Over the next few days, I’m going to summarize those ideas for those of you who prefer to read rather than listen. Here we go:
1. Shift your perspective with a NEW ATTITUDE.
Purposefully looking for all of the positive things that happen in a day is one easy way to lift your mood. As you go about your day, note ANY, and I mean ANY, good you experience.
If a child who is difficult to reach smiles at you, THAT’s progress!
If a kid learns a new sign, cheer for him and for you!
If one of your little friends says a new word, CELEBRATE!
If a mom thanks you for all you’ve done for her family, don’t dismiss that kindness, REVEL in it!!
When we’re down, it’s easy to keep looking down, so you must decide that you’ll choose to pay attention to what’s good, even if it’s only a TINY glimmer of hope.
If you’ve let lots of negative feelings about your job creep in to what you say and the thoughts you’re thinking, deliberately banish negative self-talk. Anytime you find yourself saying or thinking critical words, correct it immediately.
Another way to shift your focus and make yourself feel better is to set a goal to do nothing but HAVE FUN during sessions. I always say, “Play, play, play, play and when you’re sick of all that, play some more!” Playing and having fun will not only be beneficial for your little friends, but it will help you feel better almost immediately.
It is completely possible to talk yourself in to feeling better and I know because I do this almost every day of my life! I call this “giving myself a good talking to,” and it works better than any strategy I know for shifting my own mood. If that doesn’t work, I always try the next one…
2. REMEMBER why you fell in love with this job in the first place.
If you’re new to being an SLP, you may have to think of this as remembering why you chose this career, but if you’ve worked for a while, you’ve surely had some success already. Think about those times. Remember those things that you made you smile or feel proud of yourself.
Through the years I’ve received many cards and notes from parents and I keep these in all kinds of places so that I stumble upon them frequently as I’m doing something else. Reading words of praise from a thankful mom ALWAYS makes me feel fabulous!
Build your own collection and don’t shove them in a drawer only to forget about them! Pull them out or post them around your work space (or in your planner or files if you do home visits!) so you can see them and appreciate how much you’re appreciated!
If you journal, go back and find a day when you passionately wrote about a success. If you haven’t done that yet, remember a past experience and write it down now so you can reflect and get some positive momentum going the next time you read your own words.
These 2 strategies are powerful ways to get yourself to a better place! If you’d like to hear more, listen to this week’s podcast.
I’ll share the other 4 ways later on this week.
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