Coaches have a tendency to put others first: and take care of everyone else's needs before their own. Coaches often tell the story that doing things for themselves is selfish or weak: like taking the day off, making time for quiet reflection, prioritizing a family event over work, etc.
Self indulgence vs. Self care
For example: Eating dessert AFTER dinner vs. eating dessert FOR dinner. The child in all of us knows the fun choice. It may make us feel "good" in the moment - in a rebellious and defiant sort of way. We intuitively know the better choice. Self indulgence is a misguided attempt to make ourselves feel better. It's a temporary solution that quickly wears off. Self care fosters physical, psychological, & emotional health and improves our overall well-being.
Imagine yourself at the end of the season...overwhelmed, worn out, and just plain tired. This is often the tipping point: the smallest challenge seems huge and can bring coaches to the brink of burnout. It becomes more and more difficult for you to tap into your strengths, your wisdom, & your intuition. You are less effective, less connected, and less engagedRead More