BY PATRICIA FEAGER
DALLAS FORT WORTH - Real Estate Agent with DFW FINE PROPERTIES
The foundation for healthy living is developing and maintaining healthy habits. To be successful in business one must be physically, emotionally, and financially healthy. Being in the Real Estate Industry, you're dealing with people's lives, including your own. Moving is stressful. Agents are in the moving business and moving has a direct impact on all lives. Whenever there is death of a loved one, divorce, changes in financial status, job gain/loss, health issues, personal relationships, pursuing educational goals that involves family members (including yourself), chronic ill conditions, pregnancy, accidents and/or catastrophes, or dangerous situations locally or globally that has a direct impact on people, places, and things the emotional impact causes stress.
TWO MAJOR THINGS TO START DOING NOW
1. Sleep Better - There's a new book called "Why We Sleep," by Matthew Walker. Read it. The quantity and quality of sleep each night has a direct correlation with both cancer and heart problems. Sleep deprivation is counterproductive to accomplishing goals and learning new skills. Did you know that if a driver who is sleep deprived and drifts off for 10 seconds or less can cross a lane and cause a head-on collision? When the eyes shut, other senses shut down too, by the time a sound is made, it's too late.
2. Reduce Stress - When people are up against a deadline, making mistakes can be deadly, both literally and figuratively. Issues can be compounded when other people's problems have a direct impact on you. Stress is common. When it comes to people and circumstances, money is no object - stressful things happen to everyone, regardles of income. Stress happens in good and poor economic times. Disputes with other agents or family members, conflicts with schedules, commitments and things that are outside of our control causes stress. Dealing with stressful emotions has consequences.
Change your daily habits. Get enough sleep and keep your energy level at its peak during hours of the day. Eat healthy and avoid alcohol. Use your bed for sleeping and what comes naturally - not T.V., caffeine, reading in bed, or midnights snacks. In sum, you can't take care of business or anyone else if you don't take care of yourself.
- Stay organized
- Avoid feeling overwhelmed or out of time
- Learn to say no and delegate
- Plan ahead and get help when needed
- Eliminate pressure
- Set realistic expectations
by Patricia Feager