Empowering Your Clients with Self-Care Strategies

Do you talk about self-care with your clients?

Are you sure you understand what it means? Really?

If you’re nodding along, confident in your approach, let’s delve deeper into what self-care truly entails, and what you and your clients might be doing instead.

Self-Care vs. Self-Soothe: Understanding the Distinction

Consider these scenarios and identify which you believe represents self-care:

(A) Advising a client to book a same-day massage after a particularly taxing day.
(B) Suggesting a favorite treat to unwind after a strenuous session.
(C) Recommending a week off to a client on the brink of burnout.

Interestingly, these examples fall into the category of SELF-SOOTHING, not self-care.

Thus, the answer is: NONE.

Self-care embodies a proactive stance, aiming to fortify against burnout and promote flourishing health. Self-soothe, in contrast, is a reactive measure, a temporary balm for the stresses of the moment.

Self-Care: The Proactive Approach

For health coaches, advocating self-care means encouraging clients to actively engage in practices that support their physical, mental and emotional health, thereby preventing burnout and enabling them to thrive. This approach is about foresight, routine development and habit formation that collectively work towards comprehensive wellness.

Key Strategies for Self-Care:
  • Physical and Mental Engagement: Encourage clients to integrate physical activities and hobbies into their schedules, emphasizing the importance of pre-planning to mitigate stress.
  • Preventive Mental Health: Promote the early adoption of therapeutic practices as a preventative measure, helping clients develop resilience and coping strategies before crisis points.
  • Scheduled Rejuvenation: Advocate for planned self-care retreats or mental health days, emphasizing the importance of recharging before hitting a low.
  • Nutritional Planning: Guide clients in meal planning to ensure a balanced intake of nutrients, contributing to sustained energy and overall health.

Try the following affirmation: “I prioritize self-care to uphold my well-being, recognizing the value of feeling nurtured and revitalized.”

Self-Soothe: The Reactive Approach

Self-soothing strategies are crucial for immediate stress relief but should be seen as supplementary to a robust self-care regimen.

Examples of Self-Soothing:
  • Stress-Relief Techniques: Utilize deep breathing or relaxation exercises during acute stress episodes.
  • Temporary Escapes: Encourage engaging in hobbies as a brief respite from stress.
  • Short Breaks: Teach the value of taking quick breaks to refocus, especially during overwhelming periods.
 Why Self-Care Should Be a Priority

For health coaches, positioning self-care as a fundamental aspect of your coaching practice is essential. While self-soothing is vital for navigating life’s immediate challenges, self-care establishes a foundation that prevents burnout, reduces the reliance on self-soothing measures, and promotes a thriving life.

Empower yourself and your clients to place self-care at the forefront of your wellness strategies. By fostering proactive well-being habits, you’re not just surviving; you’re thriving in a demanding world.

Remember, the journey to holistic health is a collaborative endeavor. You’ve got this!

Ariel Belgrave, an award-winning health and fitness expert and business advisor, founded Gym Hooky after over a decade in corporate HR for Fortune 100 companies like JPMorgan and Facebook. Her L.E.A.N Method has empowered thousands of women globally to embrace healthy, sustainable habits. She’s renowned for creating wellness programs that blend HR insights with health expertise, significantly enhancing employee engagement and inclusivity. Ariel’s impact is highlighted across major media, including Good Morning America, NBC, and Women’s Health Magazine. She also contributes to Women’s Health Magazine’s board and is an Under Armour sponsored athlete.

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