FREE BOOK: Self Care for Coaches

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Most coaches love what they do. There’s nothing better than getting up in the morning and helping people achieve their goals and dreams. Most of us get to set our own hours, which provides some flexibility that we wouldn’t have in the typical 9-to-5 job. We also get to work with the clients we choose, which also can help cut down on stress.

But as with any career in a helping profession, coaches need to make sure they take care of themselves. Because we are naturally people who are generous with our time and talents, sometimes we give to the point of neglecting ourselves. There are times, too, when our clients’ problems can start to overwhelm us.

When we are mentally, emotionally, and physically exhausted, we can’t always be the best coach we can be. That’s why from the very beginning of starting your coaching practice it is important to begin a daily self-care routine.

Plus it’s important to know when you may be over your head with a client. We all have people we work with who leave us feeling drained, sad, or feeling like we can’t help them. It’s important to know when those situations are healthy and when we need to get additional help.

Modeling for your clients

One of the things that we do as coaches is model behavior for our clients. Self-care is something that many of our clients desperately need. If we practice taking care of ourselves, we can give our clients encouragement to do so as well.

The funny thing about self-care is that most people know at least some of the things they need to be doing on a daily basis. For example, we all know that we should be eating healthy options and exercising daily. A lot of people don’t, though. It’s OK to remind yourself, as well as your clients, about self-care practices that seem to be a given.

In the following pages I’ll give you a wide variety of life hacks and ideas to help you create a daily self-care routine that you can personalize. I’ll discuss some of the warning signs of being over your head, and what to do about it. All you have to do is put some of these tips to work to create self-care that is right for you. And then, in turn, you can teach your clients how to create their own plan as well.

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