As coaches we have the opportunity to make a real impact, helping people navigate through their challenges and achieve their goals. It’s no wonder we invest so much emotional and mental energy into our work. The flip side, of course, is that it can be really taxing. We’ve all heard of burnout, it can be a very real possibility if you don’t look after yourselves just as well as you look after your clients.
One of the easiest things we can do is schedule some downtime. I know, our calendars are usually full of client appointments, meetings, and ongoing professional development. However, setting aside a few slots every week just for you, for relaxation, a hobby, or time with family and friends,is essential. Think of it as a mental health investment, non-negotiable and crucial for your emotional well-being.
Establish a Self-Care Routine That Works For You
It’s easy to let the lines blur, especially when you’re passionate about coaching. Yet, it’s so important to set clear boundaries and make time for your personal life. Believe it or not, stepping away from work can actually make you better at your job. A well-rested, well-balanced you is a more effective coach. It’s as simple as that.
Physical activity does wonders for your mood and mental state, not just your body. Whether you’re jogging, swimming, walking or gym, you’re doing your brain a favour by releasing those ‘feel-good’ endorphins. Even a simple 30 minute walk each day can make a world of difference. Doing my 7000 steps every day is the way I end most of my days.
If you are in WA, enjoy your day off today. Everyone else, enjoy yours next week or whenever you get one. Try not to work on public holidays as they are a great day to recharge. After all, a well-cared-for coach is an effective coach, and that’s what we all strive to be.