Meltdown: What Do Coaches Do on Off Days?
Having a bad day? Wondering who to talk to? Link up with a compassionate colleague who listens when you need to be heard.
Many clients find that listening is exactly the “fix” they are seeking, as they need to be heard. But what happens when you are the coach who does the listening and you need someone to listen to you? After all, everyone has a down day when they need a pat on the back or an open ear.
Tips: Chin Ups for the Coach
Here are five (5) simple tips for Coaches and Guides having a “Melt-down”:
1) Find a coach who can be a good listener to you, choosing a person that you are not coaching. It changes the dynamic when you reverse roles. Seek someone who specializes in a different area than you, so you can recommend each other.
2) Plan ahead. What stops you? What keeps you going? Take the time on a good day to write an “In Emergency Break Glass” plan. Do movies help you on a bad day? A walk in nature? How about chicken soup (for the soul). Make an emergency plan and reach for it when you need it. Fill a box of goodies like a box of special tea, new book, movie tickets, or even a couple $20 bills for play money.
3) Get away. Go for a long drive and stop in some unusual place. I like to go off on a venture a couple times a year just to get new perspective. This is what vacations are for, and it’s common for a busy person to forget or disregard the need to get away.
4) Hold this thought: “It’s all good.” “It’s all good.” Something good comes out of everything, whether it is a lesson or a new idea.
5) Smile. Stick a pencil or pen across your mouth to push your lips back. Hey! It works. It’s been scientifically proven that just by sitting up straight and smiling and looking up that your disposition can improve. Remember a FUN STATE and visit that moment.
- Talk to your pet
- Hot cup of tea
- Dance a silly jig
- Listen to music
- Smell vanilla or peppermint
- Rub nice lotion on your hands
- Visit a sweet memory
- Write a “thank you” to someone
By the way, “Thank you for visiting Synergyone Training.” (smile)