What To Do When You Feel Burned Out And Want To Quit

It was spring - during my 5th year as an assistant collegiate swim coach. I was at one of the top programs in the country and yet, I was done. I had already made a new plan. I was moving to Alaska. 

I would work at Starbucks or REI. I wanted to do something easy. Maybe I would pick up some substitute teaching hours along the way.

My friend had offered me a place to live for free while she traveled out of the country for the next six months.

All I wanted to do was sleep...and be by myself. What I realized later was that I was experiencing all the classic signs and symptoms of burnout. 

Have you ever experienced any symptoms of burnout?

  • Physical and emotional fatigue or exhaustion

  • Disconnect between job and responsibilities

  • Cynicism, isolation, or detachment

  • Feeling unimportant or ineffective

  • Lack of passion 

[Click here for a self test on burnout.]

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The Coaches Conundrum

Q: I'm a coach, a wife, and a mom with two kids. I'm tired, stressed, and overwhelmed. I'm starting to let things fall through the crack in all different areas. I see other coaches doing everything well. Why can't I balance it all?

This is - in my opinion - the coaches conundrum: the pressure coaches face to get it all done while maintaining balance and success both on and off the field.

Coach burnout is a serious concern and isn't going away anytime soon - as the demands of college athletics and expectations on coaches continue to increase. Fortunately, there are things coaches can do to both prevent burnout, and respond successfully when experiencing the symptoms of burnout.

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3 ways to shift your pattern of reacting to maintain a sense of calm as you travel

These days traveling can be a challenge. Especially for those of us who like to have a lot of control. How many variables - during our travel day - are actually out of our control? The list is long! 

On the way to the airport, we don't have control of how much traffic we'll face.  At the airport, we can't control long lines, stressed out people, or flight cancellations & delays.  Once we're on the plane, there's no way to control the people we're around much less how long we'll sit on the runway as we wait in line to takeoff.

A long day of travel - by yourself or with a whole team - can leave you stressed with anxiety and depleted of patience. It's really easy to get hooked or triggered into a pattern of reacting to all of the many circumstances - that are actually out of our control. 

Is there a way to change our perspective and stay grounded?

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