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Guest Blog: Ways to avoid trainer burnout and stay inspired

About the author: Scott Murphy rowed crew at college in upstate New York and still has the same passion for the sport over 20 years later. He is a regular contributor to allrowers.com, a site offering reviews, workouts, industry news and education about the benefits of rowing and regular exercise.

About the blog: Scott gives his thoughts on coping with trainer burnout and knowing the ways to properly handle it; getting you back to coaching at your optimum. 

No matter how much one loves and enjoys being a trainer, there will come a time when you'll feel burntout or exhausted. This may be due to several reasons, both internally and externally. But no matter what the reason for experiencing burnout, it is important to know the ways to properly handle it. Some of the ways to cope with this situation and stay motivated are listed below:

Set clearly defined working hours (set hard limits on your availability in order to have enough time for yourself)
It is necessary to know and define your working hours. Developing time management skills is highly recommended. One should set a clear goal and work or move towards attaining these set goals. Know how to organise the schedule and remind oneself by making a list. Always set the specifics and make sure that they are highly attainable and measurable. Plan ahead and conduct an evaluation to fully enhance one’s capability and to maximise one’s effectiveness.

Do things that make you happy, other than coaching
It is important to spend quality time and enjoy other activities away from the day job. Give time for oneself, away from all the rowing machines, treadmills, dumbbells, and other gym instruments. Do the unusual. Do something interesting and at the same time beneficial. One should learn to get out of their comfort zone. Challenge yourself to do things that are not commonly done. Try coaching other sports.

Take at least one day off per week (and take long weekends at times)
Always avail the rest day. This will give one the chance to relax. If possible, take long weekends off. Consider this as a simple form of vacation which allows better relaxation and breathing. This will lessen the stress and the negativities from certain aspects of coaching.

Lack of career growth
At times, one might think they are stuck doing monotonous things and feel stagnant in their chosen career. To address this problem, one should focus primarily on the learning obtained in the process. The additional knowledge will open doors to more opportunities and career advancement. Use this as motivation to better specialise your career in the future.

Problems can be encountered at all times. Learning how to properly handle these negativities is a must. One should learn how to overcome them and use them as inspiration to strive harder and better oneself.

 Scott Murphy, Contributor, allrowers.com