How do you take care of yourself as a coach?
Coaching can be deeply rewarding, yet also demanding. As a coach, you pour energy into helping others grow and develop. However, to be an effective coach over the long term, you must also prioritise caring for yourself. That’s why we’re sharing some self-care strategies for coaches here.
1. Set Boundaries
As a coach, you want to be available for your clients. However, without clear boundaries, coaching can easily spill over into your personal life. Set boundaries around when and how clients can contact you, limit after-hours communications, and block off time for yourself. Say no if you ever feel truly overwhelmed. A coaching contract is the ideal time to set boundaries.*
2. Practice Stress Management
Coaching conversations can be intense. Make time to intentionally decompress – whether through meditation, journaling, taking a walk or enjoying a hobby. Having productive ways to manage stress makes you more resilient. And resilience (as you know) gives you the confidence and capability to deal with new coaching challenges.
3. Continue Your Own Growth
The best coaches are committed to their own self-improvement. Make time for your own ongoing education through books, Meetups, mentorship, books, webinars and coaching. Prioritise your growth to enable you to better serve your clients.
Perhaps this is the year to invest in yourself and commit to an advanced program such as the Enterprise Agile Coach Expert Cohort (ICE-EC) or the Certified Advanced Agile Coaching Cohort (ICE-AC)? These life-changing programs are completed over several months, with support from both experienced mentors and a close cohort of peers.
4. Nurture Your Support Network
Coaching is largely solitary work. It’s therefore important to intentionally nurture personal relationships with people who reenergise you. Invest time with those who offer encouragement, advice and mutual growth opportunities.
“No road is long with good company.”– Turkish Proverb
You might find it helpful to join a coaching circle. These are described by the ICF as peer sessions where “a facilitator-coach guides a small group of people (typically five or six) in synchronising their coaching to support a colleague.”
5. Assess Your Motivations
Explore what truly motivates you as a coach. If you coach for recognition or status rather than fulfilment, this can impact your self-care. Checking in with your motivations will ensure that you stay grounded.
Ready to take care of yourself as a coach?
The coaching journey requires endurance. Implementing self-care empowers you to make a difference through your coaching – while thriving personally at the same time. Which self-care strategies for coaches most resonate with you?
Finally, if you enjoyed this article, you might also like to read:
- 14 Self Care Tips for Working From Home
- How can you help yourself learn more effectively?
- How to make your working life better this year
- What to do when your clients (or you!) are feeling overwhelmed [VIDEO]
*find out more about coaching contracts on our Agile Team Coach (ICP-ACC) course.