By acknowledging these symptoms, you become more aligned with your mental health needs and can take appropriate action. Awareness also helps in seeking professional help if necessary, ensuring that small issues don’t escalate into larger problems.
Top tip: We’ve written a guide for instructors on group exercise and mental health. It covers the signs and symptoms of common mental health problems, tips for supporting your mental health, and where to go for support.
Download this guide here.
2. Prioritise Self-Care
We’re used to putting the experience of our clients first, whether that’s staying behind for a coffee with the whole class or being a shoulder to cry on when a client needs support. But it’s important to make time for yourself as well. Schedule some downtime for activities that you enjoy. These might be:
- Reading a new book or an old favourite
- Listening to a podcast
- Having a coffee in your favourite café
- Taking a long bath
- Going for a walk-in nature
Whatever self-care looks like for you, designate time to make it happen. Even 10 minutes every day can make a big difference. Taking care of your own needs will help you recharge and be more present not just for your classes, but for yourself.
3. Connect with other instructors
As group exercise instructors, we often work alone and can feel isolated at times. Walking in and out of different venues is exciting but also challenging. It’s important to connect with others in the industry who understand the unique challenges of our job.
Consider joining an online community of fitness professionals, attending workshops or conferences, or even just reaching out to fellow instructors for a chat. EMD UK members have access to a closed Facebook group where they can network, chat, and share tips with instructors across the UK.
Having a support system from other instructors can be incredibly valuable in reducing feelings of isolation and providing a sense of camaraderie.