Coaching in the time of COVID

While certain parts of the world are starting to reopen, some are preparing to lock back down; the effects of COVID-19 have not yet seemed to wane. The turbulence continues – and for many, on both the personal and professional fronts.

Many individuals are panicked, some more so than when this pandemic first swept the globe mere months ago. There’s an ongoing and continued need to feel safe, supported and guided toward clarity – which is why despite economic uncertainty around the world, the need for coaches and coaching is still on a rapid rise.

It’s no surprise: mental health is becoming an increasingly common subject, and coaching has moved from being a luxury reserved for elite executives to a more common service sought out by a variety of professionals and individuals. It doesn’t take a global crisis like the one we’re in for you to feel as though you’re being buried under too much information, all while hanging on to mounting daily tasks and increasing demands by friends, family, coworkers and clients. But now – while the world is still shackled by the effects of coronavirus – it’s even more common for people to suffer from feelings of angst, loss, confusion, fear, exhaustion, anger and sadness.

Because so many are seeking relief from the noise and chaos, individuals are looking for coaches to help them discover the following:

–   Focus on what’s personally important, instead of being swept by what’s happening around the world

–   Time to reflect while moving through one’s daily concerns

–   Increased confidence in one’s abilities and skill set

–   A well-thought out plan for what’s to come next

–   Space and clarity to unleash creativity

In a healthy coaching relationship, the coach invites the individual to uncharted territory in a way that feels safe and welcoming. When a coach – who is neither therapist nor mentor – can cultivate a supportive environment, the individual will begin to explore within, which is where all potential is found. In that kind of coaching relationship, turbulence can even become exciting, propelling the individual forward instead of keeping them afraid.

This is why, particularly during the pandemic, coaches are in such high demand. When one is afraid, it’s easy to freeze or flee. A good coach can guide an individual toward a space where they can call upon the logical part of the brain and de-activate unhealthy stress responses. A great coach has the expertise and know-how to help the individual reflect on what they know, instead of what they fear.

It’s for that reason it’s so important to find the right kind of coach, the one who’ll raise you up and help you discover that you’re bigger and more powerful than any pandemic – even one that’s proven to be as challenging as this one.

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