March 18, 2021
Mindset

How to reduce stress? 5 activities you can try today.

Being a real estate agent can seem like a 24/7 job. From never-ending client calls and hours of research to driving between open houses and meeting with clients, you work tirelessly day in and day out. Nonetheless, it’s one of the most rewarding professions out there. If you love what you do, the hard work is 100% worth it. However, it’s not worth your mental health and emotional or physical well-being. Whether you have an endless pile of contracts to go through or countless calls to return, you need to make time for self-care and relaxation. Even if you feel like you have all the energy in the world, you will end up with burnout if you don’t take the time to look after yourself. Keep on reading to gain some source of inspiration to reduce your stress levels.

Why stress management is vital

Life will inevitably be intertwined with stress – especially if you work within a demanding field like real estate. However, continual stress can negatively impact your mental and physical health.


Let’s start with the physical. Stress activates the release of a hormone known as cortisol which increases our heart rate and blood pressure. Consistently increased cortisol levels can lead to headaches, hypertension, body aches, weight gain, sleep disorders, and so much more.


In terms of mental health effects, stress increases the chance of depression, anxiety, memory confusion, and irritability. Your mind will end up spiraling. All of these combined will take a toll on your relationships at home and work.  

For the sake of your physical and mental health, stress management is essential. When you take care of your body and mind, your quality of life will increase dramatically. Giving yourself a break and time to rejuvenate will lead to more productivity, healthier life, more success, and you’ll be ready to take on any task that comes your way.

5 activities to reduce stress

Now that you know why you need a stress management routine let’s dive into the how.

The beautiful thing about creating a stress reduction routine is that it is unique to you. No two people are the same, so what helps your best friend may not help you reduce your stress.

Below, I’ve compiled a list of things you can do to calm your body and mind.

1. Reduce stress with exercise


Exercising doesn’t always mean pull-ups, deadlifting 100 pounds, or sprinting on the treadmill. Suppose that’s what you like, great. If not, simply taking a brisk 20-minute walk will get your muscles moving and your heart pumping.


Choose the exercise you most prefer, and soon you’ll start feeling a bit better, thanks to the endorphins released during a working session.

You may have heard of the long-time practice of Yoga; it’s been around for centuries and for many reasons. Yoga combines mindfulness, flexibility, and attentive breathing all into one exercise. Plus, it’s fantastic at reducing stress.  Ever tried a downward dog pose or my favorite pose, pigeon?  If you are new to yoga, check out Yoga with Adriene.  She has a ton of free workouts on Youtube.



2. Meditation for stress relief

For centuries people have practiced meditation around the world to become more mindful of themselves. Deep breathing, a significant component of meditation, activates the relaxation part of your nervous system. As this puts your mind and body into a peaceful state, it is also reducing your stress.


Mediation can be done by anyone and in little as 10 minutes a day.  I won’t lie; it’s not easy when you first try it out, especially if you have 1,000 thoughts flying around your mind.  But with any new skill, you have to practice. With routine practice comes the fantastic benefits of meditation.


When you are ready to give it a try, try following a guided meditation from Headspace or Calm.



3. Stress management with family and friends

When things get tough at work, our loved ones can be our most incredible support system. You have a group of people surrounding you who genuinely want to help you and be a shoulder for you.


Your friends and family will help reduce the anxiety and stress you are feeling at the moment. So, give your favorite family member a call or text a friend and vent to your heart’s desire.   That’s why they are there.  


4. Stress relief activities

Sometimes we feel that we’re too busy or too many things to do that prevent us from enjoying a Netflix show or trying out a new hobby. This constant narrative will only lead to burnout and a pile of stress. What good does that do for you, your family, or your clients?


Doing leisurely activities you enjoy is not a crime. It’s a way to relax your mind and get you thinking about something else other than work. When you engage in these activities, you’ll be a happier person, which means reduced stress levels.  


A few of my favorite non-work activities include fluid painting, kayaking when the weather is warm, going out to dinner, watching a new series, playing fetch with my dog, or taking a long hot bath with my favorite bath bomb from Lush.


What stress relief activities will you make time for?


5. Creating a Stress-Reducing Playlist

Music is a powerful tool. It evokes certain emotions and can be a therapeutic source for so many. Music also has the power to relieve anxiety and stress. There’s something about a calming playlist or a compilation of our favorite songs that put us in a more positive state of mind. Yes - reducing your stress levels can be as simple as sitting back and relaxing with your favorite tunes.  


Here are a couple of my favorite softer Spotify playlists, LoFi Hip-Hop, LoFi Beats, Coffee Shop Radio
Sometimes though, my favorite stress-relieving music is when I sing and dance to, like with my Lizzo playlist or Kenny Chesney playlist.



The real estate industry is a rewarding field, but it comes with its stressors like any career. The real estate industry can be overwhelming at times, and sometimes you can’t avoid it. However, with a tailored stress-reducing routine, you can proactively tackle any challenge that comes your way and live a healthier and happier life. So, pull out that yoga mat or call up your best friend – your body and mind will thank you.


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