Learning to Relax as a Stressed Agent

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The importance of stress managementStress management is a part of our lives. Some handle it well, others don’t. As realtors, it seems that we are always under some form of stress. When we are working with several customers, we try our best to keep everyone satisfied and hope that we don’t lose any of those customers.

When we have a pending contract, we hope that the sale process will go smoothly and that we’ll actually make it to closing without any nasty surprises popping up that would prevent the closing from happening.

Then we stress the most when we don’t have any listings or pending contracts. These times can be very unsettling as you don’t necessarily know when your next paycheck will be written.

Then there are stress factors from outside of the workplace from family, relationships, kids, bills, etc.

The downside

This seemingly constant state of stress can be detrimental to your health, causing the following:

1. Unnecessary weight gain – When people stress, they tend to eat more. There is a reason why certain foods are called “comfort food” – it’s because eating them makes us feel better and calms us down. Stress will trick your mind into thinking you need more of these foods and as a result, the pounds will keep packing on.

2. Weaker immune system – When your body undergoes constant stress, it uses up more of its resources that are needed to combat illnesses such as the flu and the common cold. You get sick and miss work, which creates more stress and the cycle repeats.

3. Heart Disease – Stress has been strongly linked to an increase in heart attacks, high blood pressure, and blood clots. Besides your brain, your heart is the organ that suffers the most from stress.

4. Faster Aging – Due to the higher rate of wear and tear on your brain and heart, the rest of the body will also begin to suffer from stress.

What can you do?

1. Solve your problems – Have a brainstorming session with yourself and come up with solutions to your problems that are stressing you out. Make sure you prioritize them and focus on the issues that matter the most, or need to be resolved the soonest.

2. Manage your time effectively – This seems to be one of the founding commandments of being a successful realtor – and for good reason. Effective time management can free up your schedule immensely and give you some much needed time to take care of the things that are causing you stress. Always accomplish your hardest task of the day first, and develop a schedule that maximizes productivity.

3. Exercise regularly – I know it can be hard to find time to work out in your busy schedule. If you have zero desire to get some exercise after a long day of work, go first thing in the morning. If you prefer to sleep in as long as possible, go during the day between appointments. You don’t even have to break a heavy sweat; most gyms are air conditioned and a light cardio session and some body exercises are enough to keep most people in shape.

Stress can have a huge negative impact on your career and personal life, but it is also simple to take care of. It’s good to remind yourself sometimes to slow down, sit back, and enjoy the little things in life.

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