Last Updated: January 27, 2021

The month of January is a symbol of optimism and fresh starts for all, yet this January came with even more hopes attached. After enduring the most challenging year we couldn’t possibly imagine, we’re more eager than ever to see a shift in the way we experience this life.

When we tend to our own foundation of self-care, we have more to give in our work as health coaches. What can you do to help reset your mind and your goals, and recover more gracefully into 2021?

Here are 12 ways to dig deeper, plan ahead, and center yourself for greater fulfillment and success as a health coach.

1. Cued Reflection

Reflection is one of the most important components for personal growth and life satisfaction. Even though we love the idea of reflecting on what has happened—or comparing where we’re at now to where we thought we would be—it never happens without a plan or habit in place. That’s why I turn to cues, and my clients love this strategy, too.

Try this:
Think of an important date coming up this quarter, around 2-3 months from now (eg. birthdays, a virtual conference, or a launch date in your business). Then, commit to using that special date as a cue for intentional reflection. Add a note to your calendar so that you’re sure to remember.

2. Make a 2020 Ta-Da! List

It’s too easy these days to notice all of the things that are going wrong, or all of the things you didn’t check off of your list. I heard this idea of a Ta-Da! List a few years back and I love it. It’s about listing all of the things you accomplished throughout the day/week/month/year.

Just like our clients, we tend to lose sight of our progress in the face of setbacks. By reminding ourselves of the things we’ve accomplished, in this small way, we’re fostering ongoing motivation and self-efficacy.

Try it for the entire year of 2020, what did you accomplish, big or small? Write it down and celebrate.

3. Live According to Your Chronotype

After reading a book called The Power of When, I became somewhat obsessed with my chronotype (I’m a bear). Your chronotype is one of four genetically-confirmed classifications, as defined by author Michael Breus, that determine the timing of your circadian rhythm.

Knowing your chronotype helps you determine the best time for just about every daily activity, from sleeping and waking to exercising and giving a presentation.

Like Dr. Breus says, “If you are out of sync with your inner timing, you’re working against your own biology. When has that ever been a good idea?…Being out of sync with one’s bio-time is devastating to their physical, mental, and emotional well-being.”

Maybe 2021 is your year for living in chromo-alignment.

4. Address Time Anxiety

Time anxiety describes that constant feeling of never having enough time to do what needs to get done. Confront and overcome time anxiety by considering these steps:

  1. Acknowledge your tendency to stress and obsess about being short on time or not getting enough done.
  2. Log what you actually do throughout the day so you can see where your time is being spent. First, print out a one-week calendar template that divides each day into 30-minute time slots. Next, leave that blank schedule on your desk and fill it in, throughout the day, adding whatever you did during that slot. By the end of the day or week, you’ll have so many ah-ha moments about how you typically spend or waste your time.
  3. Identify your biggest time-suckers and your needless time-wasters, and then strategize how you can gradually improve on them.

5. Get Into Flow

Flow is a state of mind and performance when you’re SO focused and in tune with your skills that time feels like it’s standing still—and the work almost feels like it’s doing itself. Flow tasks are challenging and put you in a state of complete immersion.

Which sorts of tasks or non-work activities help you get into a flow state?

The Hungarian psychologist behind the term “flow state” says that we get “high gratification and life satisfaction from these experiences…and with that comes the development of increasing ‘emotional, cognitive, and social complexity’.”

6. Tailor Your Social Media Feeds

Take some time to look at your social media feeds, particularly the platforms you use most often. How does your feed look? Are you seeing the people and businesses that support your desired mindset or preferred way of life?

Too often our feeds get crowded with posts that stir up negative emotions or lower our self-esteem. Utilize the temporary “mute” or “unfollow” options provided on most social platforms today. It comes in handy for accounts that you’d like to take a break from without officially unfollowing forever.

What kind of feed can you create with a little social media cleanup session?

7. Integrate a New Creative Outlet

The pandemic sure got us thinking about all the things we can do with our extra time. Yet, if your life was anything like mine, you may have found yourself busier than ever. Some of us haven’t had downtime to put towards unfinished home projects or new creative outlets like painting, baking, and watching movies.

What about now? Reset and refresh your way of life by incorporating one new creative outlet for yourself. Keep it simple if you’re super busy, like replace your morning podcast with a fun talk-radio show or upbeat groovy playlist that instantly lifts your mood. Music has been my new creative outlet, and all I have to do is press play to enjoy it more often.

8. “Grow through what you go through.”

Which 2020 experiences helped you grow as a person or in your business? These types of reflections shift your outlook by enhancing a positive perspective and encouraging a growth mindset.

What specific challenges did you face in 2020 and eventually overcome or learn from?

9. Write Yourself a Letter From the Future

For a healthy dose of optimism and self-love, try writing yourself a letter from the perspective of your future self.

If it was December of 2021, and 2022 was right on the horizon, what would you be doing? What would you tell your current self to think about, to go for, to imagine, or to stop doing? What would you tell your current self about the best moments and realizations you experienced throughout the year?

10. What Makes You Burnout-Proof?

Like many people during the pandemic, I found myself depressed at one point and it prompted me to create a list of my top stress-coping behaviors and activities. Now, I always have a list to turn to when I need to fill up my cup, ease my worries, find relief and hit the reset button.

When you make your list, think in various directions ranging from typical self-care activities or hobbies over to your favorite mental health articles, childhood home videos, and adaptogenic herbs. Be sure to note the things that keep you balanced, too, like your morning workouts or bedtime ritual, because those things are easy to forget once we’re swept up by life’s hectic pace.

11. Stay Present

You have so many things to do and so many ideas that it’s distracting while you work. One simple, effective way to combat this type of overwhelm is to remind yourself that all that matters is what you’re doing right now.

Start the day by getting your tasks out of your head. Try a morning brain-dump or unstructured journaling exercise to help dump whatever’s on your mind, and then watch as it frees up space in your mind.

What are you working on right now—for the next 30-60 minutes? That’s all that matters.

12. Work Happier from Home

You’ve gotten used to this whole WFH idea, now, how can you make it better? Are you happy working at home? What sorts of boundaries or restructuring would need to occur in order for you to feel your best working from home? Do you need an actual desk instead of working at the dinner table?

Take a look at the ideas our grads shared in this WFH article and start implementing some of these ideas in your routine.

Now that you’ve read a dozen ways to reset and recover in 2021, what kind of year will it be for you? How will you tap into your own resilience and continue growing into the health coach you were meant to be?

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