According to figures compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, over 3.4 million professional caregivers are currently employed in the home care industry. Although it’s a joyful and rewarding career, caregiving can be a complicated job that’s exhausting and frustrating. No paid caregiver breezes through the journey without feeling some degree of negativity and hopelessness creeping in. As a professional caregiver serving on the front lines, here are ten secrets to staying positive even on the worst of days.

10 Secrets to Being a Happy and Successful Professional Caregiver

Focus on the Good Things in Life

To keep negative thoughts at bay, try making a list each day of things that are going well in your life. When problems present, look for small bright spots in your life, like a warm, sunny day, binge-watching your favorite TV shows, or taking a well-deserved nap.

Speak Kindly to Yourself

One of the keys to positive thinking is never saying anything to yourself that you wouldn’t say to anyone else. Turning off the negative dialogue in your head can be a powerful tool to harness optimism. For example, instead of thinking, “This will never work,” you might say to yourself, “I’ll try again later a different way.”

Lean on Positive People

Surrounding yourself with positive friends, family, and coworkers is helpful when trying to stay upbeat. Like the average person, you spend the most time with a close support group of roughly five people. Stay connected with those individuals regularly, either in person or online. If needed, join a supportive online community of fellow caregivers.

Seek Happiness Through Healthy Habits

healthy diet and exercise program can go a long way in improving mood and overall wellness to counteract the rigors of caregiving. Regular exercise a