Do you ever feel rushed, tense or worried for no particular reason? Do you find yourself doing normal things too fast such as walking, eating or working? When I start noticing these things in my daily routine, I know that the main reason behind it is stress. And as a hard-working real estate agent, I’m sure you know what I’m talking about. Whether we have a lot going on or nothing, stress can show up at any time and learning how to calm your nerves is important for maintaining a healthy and happy lifestyle.
Even when stress isn’t work related, it follows you through your day and could put a damper on your goals. Fortunately, feeling stressed-out is a normal part of everyday life. In fact, sometimes it can even be strengthening. This is why the goal isn’t necessarily to eliminate stressful situations completely, but to develop the ability to relax during stressful day-to-day activities and throughout challenging occurrences.
As your real estate virtual assistant, we know how hectic the life of a real estate agent can be. For this reason, we want to make sure you are as cool, calm and collected as can be. So the next time you are feeling like the weight of the world is on your shoulders, consider trying some of these simple stress reliever exercises and feel like yourself again.
Add Some Beauty to Your Workspace: Try adding a touch of something beautiful to your office or work area. This could be as simple as getting a vase of colorful flowers, or as complex as a new paint job. The brain is very responsive to color, with bright colors causing more brain activity, and cool colors promoting calmness. Keep your office decorated with things that make you happy, such as pictures of your family and friends, awards, or a post-it note of a quote you find inspirational.
Add Enjoyment to Your Day: We know you to work and you love what you do. But make sure you are incorporating your recreational hobbies into your day whenever possible. When you are having a stressful day, that family bike ride or trip to the movies will keep you motivated by giving you something to look forward to.
Take a Break After Meals: We know that you can’t spend the whole day at lunch, but try to avoid the “eat and run” routine. If you rush back to the office immediately after lunch, it will feel like you had no lunch at all. Take a walk to the nearest park, or enjoy a latte and the newspaper at the coffee shop. It’s okay to add a little bit of “me” time into your everyday life to take some of the edge off.
Stretch: No wonder you’re tense! You’ve been sitting at your desk following up with clients all day! Or maybe you’ve been out showing properties and haven’t even had a chance to sit down. Take five minutes to stretch once a day. The effects of this simple exercise might surprise you. You may look a little goofy, but trust me, you’ll feel better.
Take Your Shoes Off: Sounds kind of silly, right? Taking your shoes off during the work day will offer an “at home” vibe and make you feel more comfortable with your surroundings. Encourage your team members to do this, too, and you will all be feeling less tense in no time. Just remember to put them back on before a client comes in! If you aren’t ready to embrace this one, wearing loose, comfortable clothing is a great alternative.
Express Your Feelings: This might sound a little cheesy but it’s a good tactic towards getting stuff off your chest. We’ve all heard that holding in our thoughts and feelings is unhealthy. And although it may not be easy to open up, it’s helpful to maintaining a peace of mind. At the end of a stress-filled day, find a place or person to express your thoughts with.
Hire a Real Estate Virtual Assistant: We know your days can be bombarded with tasks that you just don’t have time for. Two new listings just came in, you have four showings, and your assistant is on vacation. With a real estate virtual assistant, eliminate stress caused by work overload and take that extended lunch knowing that we’ve got it covered!
There are many more ways to reduce stress, but these are just a few. If you are looking for ways to feel less overwhelmed, contact your real estate virtual assistant and we can take care of anything extra you might have on your plate.
Make it a great (and stress free) day!