How Do You Get Your Clients to See the Importance of Self-Care?
What is one of the biggest reasons you want to become a life coach? Isn’t it to make a difference in your clients’ lives? There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing a face light up in delight and satisfaction as they accomplish a long held goal they thought was next to impossible.
Lasting changes only occur when you nourish a harmonious connection between mind, spirit and body. To excel in life, all seven key areas must be nourished and supported at the same time. You won’t have the necessary energy or the motivation without proper physical self-care. And you won’t achieve peak physical performance if you’re emotionally, mentally and spiritually depleted.
Over the course of the next few weeks, we’ll discuss each key in more detail and see its relationship to your coaching skills. Let’s begin with…
Key #1 – Balanced Self-Care.
In order to function at peak performance, your clients must see the importance of self-care in the following eight essential areas of wellbeing …
- Diet. As a life coach, you need to know the rudimentary factors of nutrition, such as eating a diet rich in vegetables and balanced macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates and fats). Then you can help your clients investigate what works best for their body type and lifestyle and give support as they make small changes that produce significant results.
- Sleep. We need sleep to repair and restore our body and spirit. Yet so many people think they can get by on less. Or they sacrifice sleep because they have too much to do or are too stressed. As their coach, you must help them see how sleep is foundational to peak performance and help them create better sleep habits.
- Exercise daily. People know they need to get up and move, but many don’t have the motivation to follow through. As a life coach, you’ll help your clients find a type or types of exercise they enjoy and can sustain. Then you’ll help them create a support system that keeps them on track.
- Nourishing social contact and interpersonal affection. We each have a “minimum daily requirement” of kindness. Sometimes a smile, a hug or a kind word can reduce stress as much as a relaxing day at the beach. However, personal displays of affection make some people uncomfortable. So you’ll help your clients identify ways they can fulfill this need as they intentionally work toward getting more comfortable with it.
- Daily relaxation. People tend to work full tilt then hope to de-stress on the weekend. Or they think that a week long vacation once a year will do it. As their coach, you’ll help them incorporate daily relaxation methods so the stress never gets a chance to build up.
- Avoid damaging and addictive behaviors. Some of your clients may have life long bad habits with caffeine, tobacco, marijuana, alcohol, drugs, gambling, diet, sex, computers, pornography, or any other addictive patterns, which undermine a healthy life. These clients are going to need a great deal of support and self-awareness and self-acceptance as they make these critical, but difficult changes. As their life coach, they must see your commitment to being there for them.
- Appropriate medical self-care. For whatever reason, some of your clients may not trust the medical profession. They may try to cure themselves or simply ignore warning signs of disease. Your job as a life coach is to help your clients view medical professionals as a health team they can work with, whether it’s their primary care MD, dentist, chiropractor, massage therapist, nutritionist and or a personal trainer.
- No self-harming. Some clients may reveal to you that they have suicidal thoughts or are cutting, bruising, starving, and even using extreme tattooing and piercing as a means to manage their intense emotional pain. These clients need your loving support to feel safe as they deal with their emotions in a healthful way.
As their coach, the importance of self-care cannot be minimized when working with your clients. Without it, any changes they make for the better will be compromised. And of course you need to model healthy behaviors because actions speak louder than your words.
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