Achieving Balance in a Demanding World

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Nurturing Balance: A Guiding Light for Swim Coaches

In the relentless rhythm of coaching, where long hours and underpaid roles are the norm, finding balance might seem like an elusive dream. Yet, amidst the whirlwind of swim meets, training sessions, and team dynamics, it's crucial to carve out a space where you can thrive not just as a coach, but as a person.

Prioritize Your Values

The foundation of balance lies in recognizing your core values.

  • What drives you beyond the pool deck? 
  • Is it the bond with your family, the pursuit of excellence in coaching, or perhaps your own physical and mental well-being? 

Identifying these values serves as a compass guiding your decisions. Allocate time to activities that resonate with these values. Whether it's setting aside moments for family dinners, reserving slots for personal growth, or ensuring you're nurturing your health through exercise and rest, honoring your values paves the path to a balanced life.

Embrace Flexibility and Adaptability

As coaches, we understand perhaps more than most the unpredictable nature of life. The swim meet that runs late, the unexpected team drama – these are part and parcel of our world. Embrace flexibility as your ally.

Instead of rigid schedules, cultivate adaptability.

Learn to recalibrate your plans when life throws a curveball. It's about knowing when to delegate, when to reschedule, and when to simply take a breather. By dancing with the rhythm of unpredictability, you'll find resilience in the face of challenges.

The Power of "No"

In a culture where saying "yes" is often seen as a virtue, learning to say "no" is a revolutionary act of self-care. Boundaries are not barriers; they are shields protecting your time and energy. As swim coaches, our passion often makes us prone to overcommitment. But by discerning what truly aligns with our values and goals, we safeguard ourselves from burnout. Saying "no" doesn't equate to failure; it's a declaration of self-respect and prioritization.

Finding Joy in the Journey.

Amidst the hustle and bustle of coaching, don't forget to infuse your journey with moments of joy and fulfillment. Whether it's witnessing your swimmers achieve their personal best, stealing a quiet moment by the water's edge, or sharing a laugh with fellow coaches, these moments are the lifeblood of our profession.

Make time for activities that replenish your spirit. 

Nurture your passions, connect with loved ones, and revel in the beauty of the present moment. It's these pockets of joy that fuel our resilience and remind us why we chose this path.

Finding balance is not a destination but a continuous voyage.

Be kind to yourself, celebrate your victories, and be willing to adjust your course along the way. By honoring your values, embracing flexibility, asserting boundaries, and savoring moments of joy, you're not just nurturing balance – you're nurturing your own well-being and the vitality of your coaching journey.

Balance for swim coaches

Tip: There is no need to create and implement your own swim lesson program.

Lots of coaches have gone the extra distance and crafted their own swimming lesson programs. But frankly, that work is challenging and an investment in energy that is not necessary. Rather, take a step in another direction and turn to a proven swim lesson curriculum that is already developed. 

U CAN Swim is a starting to provide coaches in the United States a turn-key solution that is already refined and ready to deploy in your communities. 

Second Tip: From time to time, it might make sense to seek another place of employment.

Lots of coaches improve their mindsets and sense of wellness by uprooting and obtaining another position. Jobs come and go. All are not created equal.

ISCA has a job service that can work to find you a coaching position that is more in line with your core values and aspirations. 

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