Due to the wide variety of factors that they handle on a daily basis, it’s highly common for real estate agents to experience stress. Yet, not only does stress take a toll on our mental faculties, but it can also be physically taxing as well. As a result, managing stress and staying healthy is often a challenge for those in this industry. If you find that you’re dealing with more stress than usual or that you’re having problems coping, here are five tips that you can use to transform your life.
#1 Get More Sleep
When you’re stressed, it may feel impossible to turn off your brain to sleep, but this should be at the top of your priority list. Both your body and brain need adequate time to rest so you can reset and remain fresh for your clients. Remember that pulling all-nighters or living on coffee only causes your body to get run down, and you’re more likely to get sick without a proper night’s sleep.
Exercise is one of the activities that can help more when you’re stressed. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins which help to combat your stress. You may find that walking, running, swimming, hiking, biking, doing yoga or other similar activities have a positive impact on your mental health when it’s a particularly stressful week at work.
#3 Eat Healthy Meals
When people are stressed, their eating patterns often suffer. They eat too little, they eat too much, and they eat the wrong foods. When you’re feeling stressed, it’s worth noting which “kind” of eater you are. Do you tend to binge on sweet foods or big meals? Do you reward yourself with food? Or do you tend to lose your appetite when there is a lot going on? All of these are coping mechanism for stress in our lives, and it’s important to recognize it so you can help get your body back on track. When you’re stressed, you want to continue to fuel your body with healthy meals so that it has energy and nutrition.
#4 Make Time for Relaxation
When you have a long to-do list, you may think that relaxation is out of the question. Yet, setting aside an hour or two daily so that you have time to decompress can be an important step in the stress management process. Whether you nap, read a book, go for a walk, listen to music or a podcast or engage in another activity that will enable your mind to relax, it’s important to take a break from work. It often makes you more productive in the long-term.
#5 Create Boundaries
This might be the most important stress management tip on this list because so many successful individuals are awful at it. Stress often comes when you take on too much and overload yourself. If you find that you’re someone who constantly say “yes” when people ask you to do tasks, it might be time to set some boundaries. It is okay to say no and in fact incredibly healthy to do so.
If the physical and mental impacts aren’t enough to convince you, stress also has a crucial impact on the real estate industry itself. Research tells us that others can sense stress and are generally “repelled” by it. This means that — if you’re projecting stress at your job and to your clients — then your productivity and effectiveness will suffer. Keep your stress in check and remember to decompress. You’ll be more successful for it!