How to Handle 'Back to School' Overwhelm

I work with plenty of coaches who - if they're being completely honest - struggle with feeling overwhelmed...especially at the beginning of the season.

No matter how well you've planned (or if you haven't planned at all)...and no matter how rested you feel (or if you don't feel rested at all)...the strong feelings of overwhelm can hold you back, keep you stuck, and impact the longevity of your coaching career.

Unexpected Challenges

Let's face it...the number of unexpected things you never imagined you'd have to deal with are there all of a sudden staring you square in the face. Then, you're expected to handle these situations having had no prior experience. Ready? Set? Go!

The feeling - and sometimes the brevity - is truly something you can't explain to the people in your life who aren't coaches. Your athletes certainly don't get the breadth of what you do.

The thing that can hold coaches back the most are the judgements that accompany the feelings. And the feelings of loneliness and isolation that stem from the added pressure you put on yourself...to have it all done and done perfectly.

Can you relate?

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Overcome Overwhelm Before Your Season Gets Even Busier

Here are few things I've heard from coaches this week...I'm wondering if you can relate?

  • "I'm so overwhelmed. I have so much to do. I don't have enough time to get it all done!!!"

  • "I'm running around...I can't even find time to eat. I'm trying not to bite someone's head off!"

  • "Things are falling through the cracks. There aren't enough hours in the day. I'm freaking out!"

That's why, when I work with coaches, one of the first things we do during our work together is begin to implement strategies and habits that help you reduce the number of days when you feel completely overwhelmed. 

Because here's the thing...if you're a coach, overwhelm is not going to ever go away.

Imagine...the coach...who sits back in her chair, stretches out her legs, crosses her feet up on her desk with her hands behind her head and says,

"Woo hoo! I'm not overwhelmed! Everything is out of my inbox, I've made all the decisions I need to make, and things are running on autopilot! This job rocks! It's SO easy!"

Think about it. That's never going to happen!

That's because you're a coach.

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Are you overwhelmed...and the season hasn't started yet?

I want to share with you a few of the things I have heard from the coaches I've talked to this week. (Most of these are exact quotes...)

  • "I'm so overwhelmed. I have so much to do and not enough time to get it all done."
  • "I'm running around like a chicken with my head cut off. I'm trying not to bite someone's head off!"
  • "Things are falling through the cracks. I don't have enough hours in the day. I'm freaking out!"

That's why, when I work with coaches, one of the first things we do during our work together is begin to implement strategies and habits that help you reduce the number of days when you feel completely overwhelmed. 

If you're a coach, overwhelm is not going to go away.

Imagine...the coach...who sits back in her chair, stretches out her legs, crosses her feet up on her desk with her hands behind her head and says,

"Woo hoo! I'm not overwhelmed! Everything is out of my inbox, I've made all the decisions I need to make, and things are running on autopilot! This job rocks! It's SO easy!"

Think about it. That's never going to happen!

That's because you're a coach.

You're in charge of a team. You have to plan and figure out their practice schedule, travel schedule, team retreats, training camps, team meetings, captain's meetings, competition schedule, and how it all fits into the academic schedule. Then you actually have to write the workouts, create your line up, strategize a game plan, and show up to coach your team.

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What habits are you bringing into the season? Part 1 of 3

As summer winds down, orientations and training camps are already in progress, and athletes are beginning to report back to campuses all over the country.

This is an exciting time in collegiate athletics.  Everything is brand new again, everyone is undefeated, and most teams, athletes, and coaches are riding the summer high of optimism.

This was always my favorite time of the year.  To begin again.  To build a team.  To start from scratch.  To prepare to form, storm, norm, and perform all over again.

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