4 Signs You’re Experiencing Coaching Burnout (and What to Do about It)

No coach is immune to burnout, but there are ways to pre­vent feel­ing overwhelmed. 

4 Signs You’re Experiencing Coaching Burnout (and What to Do about It)

No coach is immune to burnout, but there are ways to pre­vent feel­ing overwhelmed. 

As sports at all lev­els become increas­ing­ly com­pet­i­tive, coach­es are busier than ever. As a result, inci­dents of coach­ing burnout are on the rise. There are plen­ty of exam­ples at the pro and col­lege lev­els, but the truth is it can hap­pen to anyone.

Fortunately, rec­og­niz­ing the symp­toms of burnout is half the bat­tle. Here are four signs that you’re expe­ri­enc­ing coach­ing burnout, with tips to com­bat­ing each.

You’re Putting off Tasks 

If you’re not a pro­cras­ti­na­tor by nature, but you’ve start­ed putting off tasks, it may be a sign that you’re on the verge of burn­ing out. The best way to com­bat this is to set up a sched­ule and stick to it. Be sure to include des­ig­nat­ed relax­ation time, which may sound sil­ly but can help keep you sane.

Consider track­ing the time you spend on dif­fer­ent tasks. You may not be able to bill by the hour like an attor­ney, but you can fig­ure out what parts of the job con­sume most of your time and work on a way to streamline.

You’re Mentally and Physically Tired

There’s noth­ing unusu­al about feel­ing tired some­times, but it’s a prob­lem if you’re feel­ing tired all the time. Fatigue, headaches and fre­quent ill­ness are signs that you’re over­do­ing it. If you’re hav­ing these symp­toms, the most impor­tant thing to do is make sure you’re get­ting enough rest. 

Consider set­ting work hours and stick­ing to them (unless there’s an emer­gency). In the long run, get­ting that extra hour of sleep could have a much larg­er impact than watch­ing an extra hour of film. Be sure to set aside time for phys­i­cal exer­cise. It gives you ener­gy and serves as a great out­let for stress. You can’t be an effec­tive coach if your stress­ful lifestyle is affect­ing your per­son­al health.

You’re Frequently Feeling Discouraged

It’s nor­mal to feel down after a tough loss, but you shouldn’t feel dis­cour­aged all the time. As long­time coach­es know, every year won’t be your best. That’s why it’s impor­tant to set man­age­able goals for your team, both on and off the field.

Don’t lose sight of why you start­ed coach­ing in the first place, and remem­ber to cel­e­brate your team’s small suc­cess­es. Focusing too much on the big pic­ture can make it tough to enjoy the lit­tle moments.

You’re Losing Passion for Your Job

It’s human nature to com­pare our­selves to oth­ers, but it’s not always pro­duc­tive. Many coach­es lose pas­sion for their work when they lose sight of what makes them and their team unique. Just because anoth­er coach runs two-a-days or wakes up at 5 a.m. doesn’t mean that has to work for you. Having a healthy work-life bal­ance can ben­e­fit both you and your team.

If you’re start­ing to lose your spark, con­sid­er talk­ing to mem­bers of your coach­ing staff, or oth­er coach­es at your school or in your league. It’s like­ly they’ve gone through sim­i­lar ruts and can lend advice.

Be sure you’re using all of the coach­ing tools and resources at your dis­pos­al. They can help save you time and ener­gy, and ulti­mate­ly improve your team’s performance. 

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