9 Self-Care Tips and Habits for Coaches

The following tips are curated from our Sunday night room on Clubhouse for Instructional and/or Tech Coaches called “Coaches Connect.” Many tips were shared during our time together, but Brian, Tim, and I have curated the tips we believe are the most powerful for coaches to be the best versions of themselves in order to make a positive impact on those they are coaching! Comment below and share your own or let us know which one resonates with you the most!

  1. Laugh! Find something (or someone) that makes you laugh! This could be a podcast, a movie, or a TV series. One of my favorite shows is Shitt$ Creek, but I’m also a fan of anything that makes me laugh and doesn’t require much attention or time. My advice is to also to stay around people that make you laugh! After all, we become most like the top 5 people we spend the most time around. Laughter has been proven to be great medicine and being around laughter will always be a remedy for stress. (Tisha) 
  2. Affirmations: Affirmations are positive statements that can help overcome negative thoughts. I keep sticky notes up in my car, on my bathroom mirror, and on my iTunes playlists. I have been a fan of affirmations for many years and implemented them with my kids when dropping them off at school, but they have definitely helped me cope during the last year. They can be as simple or as lengthy as you want.
  3. Decompress: Decompression in this instance means to “release from pressure.” This can look however you want it to look. For me, decompression sometimes means sitting in my car in the garage alone in silence for 30 minutes after arriving home. Others may need a scheduled workout time each day, a weekend away alone, or a social media minute. TikTok, though controversial, has afforded me laughter, inspiration, and a time to decompress. (Tisha)
  4. Get Fresh Air: Aside from rejuvenating your lungs with air from the outdoors, stepping outside is a great reminder that there is a whole, massive world out there and that some of our small worries are not quite worth going into crisis mode over. (Tim)
  5. Schedule Downtime: Just like scheduling time to respond to emails or exercise, having designated relaxation time is particularly beneficial for those who feel the need to stay active. Stillness doesn’t come naturally to everyone- relaxation is a practice! (Tim)
  6. Stretch: Taking time to touch your toes, lengthen on the ground, or even put your arms above your head can relieve tension. Also, it’s a great reminder that you have some control over how you physically feel. (Tim)
  7. Write Daily: Getting into a habit and routine of writing can have an incredible impact on our well-being and sharpen our focus on how we lead and how we show up for those we serve. One way this routine can start is by creating the conditions for the habit to form. Try placing the device or notebook in an area where you will see it each day. Next, choose a structure that works for you or you may choose to write without a structure. The point is, you are ‘writing’ and ‘creating.’ One structure that works for me: 2-3 lines of gratitude • 1-2 lines of today’s greatness (what will make today great?) • Attention: bulleted list of what has my attention • 1 quote or affirmation (Brian)
  8. Move: Doing something physical each day can not only get the heart rate going, but it also has a direct impact on our energy and our focus. Physical activity can be as simple as you want or as intense a workout as you have time for. Anything from yoga to strength-training or working on flexibility or a few push-ups. The act of something physical means you are accomplishing hard things and gathering your energy for the day. (Brian)
  9. Gratitude: Your gratitude practice can start as soon as your feet hit the floor. Cultivating good habits can be as simple as using a cue like your feet hitting the floor to trigger the routine of starting your day with gratitude by flashing a smile and thinking for a moment about how grateful you are to be here today. The reward here is that by starting with gratitude, you are positioning yourself to be in control of your thoughts and ideas. Starting the day this way can put you on a path for new ideas and leading and learning with an open mind and an open heart. (Brian)

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