~adapted from Sarah Liddle~
Business Coaches are committed to helping their clients become successful. But in the process, they sometimes neglect themselves; they fail to prioritize their own health and well-being. They may believe they are doing what is best for their business, but taking care of themselves is critical to the success of their business.
It’s not always easy, but coaches must remain focused, clear-headed and healthy. Everybody, even coaches, can use support and reminders. The list below provides some great tips on self-care.
This list is adapted from Sarah Liddle’s “40 Self Care Habits – For Coaches”
- Schedule and take 2-3 days off a week
- Hire a coach
- Practice daily meditation and/or yoga, as well as prayer and gratitude.
- Schedule time for lunch and meal breaks. Prepare a delicious lunch for yourself, take one hour off to enjoy it.
- De-clutter your desk and your computer
- Start work late, and finish work early
- Schedule time with friends: Have lunch out with a friend once a week. Have a Skype coffee date with a friend once a week.
- Take time out to design your life just the way you want it
- Find an exercise that you thoroughly enjoy and do it several times a week
- Surround yourself with other supportive coaches
- Say ‘no’ to more things
- Do one thing every week that scares you
- Take time out every evening to reflect on the day. What worked? What didn’t work?
- Keep a journal at the end of each day
- Improve your health by drinking plenty of water every day and eating plenty of leafy green vegetables.
- Turn off your computer and your phone every night by a certain time. No peeking!
- Sleep in a pitch black bedroom
- Start your day with warm water and lemon
- Create your own work hours and have your clients work with your schedule
- Schedule in your self-care at the start of the week – commit to your schedule. Practice extreme self care weekly as a nonnegotiable
- Schedule two week-month long holidays – just because
- Schedule set days for discovery calls and set days for paying clients.
- Allow time in between coaching calls to recap the session, refresh yourself with the next session and have a nice cup of tea or juice
- Eliminate tasks that drain your energy (delegate or delete)
- Don’t respond to emails right away, take your time on the emails that need a proper response. Think them through.
- Focus on achieving in all areas of your life, not just in your business. (When was the last time you paid attention to.. fun, your health, romance with your partner, friends, spiritual development?)
- Take time out every evening to think and plan your day ahead.
- Take your computer to the park, or outside – work with some fresh air
- Keep a clean house, no dishes, clothes put away, clean living area and so on. (If need be, hire a cleaner)
- Catch up on things you have put on the back burner (These can include, your taxes, going to the dentist, a check up at the doctors and so on).
“There’s a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.”
If you’re a business coach, and you want your coaching business to be successful, you must take care of yourself first. You can’t be there for others, and serve them well, if you are not at the top of your game. As they say, if you’re going to talk the talk, you need to walk the walk – “Walk The Talk And Talk The Walk”.
Sarah is a a certified professional coach, wellness teacher, healer, writer, and the founder and director of Coach School. She has been published in Succeed Magazine, Inner Self, Huffington Post, The Art of Healing, Insight and Vision Magazine.
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