Top 12 Health Tips for Busy On-The-Go Real Estate Professionals

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For five years I worked in outside sales and spent half the month on the road.  A typical month included 1,500 miles behind the wheel and 5,000 miles in the air. Even though I was excelling in my field, I was constantly tired, sometimes moody and always craving sugar (I became wildly addicted to homemade yogurt covered pretzels and "energy" bars). I fell out of balance and I knew that something had to change.

It is easy to neglect our own health and well being with life's many distractions: work, family, friends, balancing schedules and numerous commitments. Staying healthy can be challenging. Through real experience, I learned that small steps really do make a difference. I committed to one of the suggestions below and within a day or two noticed a change: I felt a bit more energized and "balanced." To strive for improved health and balance, I encourage small life changes using the guidelines below. 

dog balancing cup
Top 12 quick health tips to find and maintain balance for busy on-the-go real estate professionals:
  • focus on yourself - take time for yourself: take a bath, walk your dog, read a book, take a yoga class, listen to music, take a drive, go for a run, sing in the shower, get a massage, walk through the park. Take the thing that you enjoy and indulge! You deserve it!
  • exercise - it gets our blood flowing and re-energizes us. Even if you only have five minutes per day, use it! Take a brisk walk around the block, run up and down the stairs, do sit ups, push ups or jumping jacks, dance, jump rope...just move!
  • drink water - hydration is so important for our cells and our skin and is critical for proper body and brain functioning. We need to stay hydrated - if you need to take baby steps, try increasing your water intake slowly. Drink one glass before each meal. You'll feel amazing in no time!
  • eat good food - we all know that whole foods are best for us. Try to avoid processed foods (anything packaged), sodas, refined sugar and pastries. Avoid hydrogenated oils and trans fats like the plague.
  • sleep - if you're short on time and the choices are sleeping, eating or exercising, sleep! Sleep helps restore your cells and even boosts your metabolism. Sleep helps increase your focus and response time and can help prevent aging.  It also lowers the risk for high blood pressure, heart disease and other medical conditions.  Get your zzzs! 
  • breathe - deep breathing is a great way to regulate your stress levels and reset your body and mind connection. One of my favorite techniques is Dr. Andrew Weil's 4-7-8 Breathing Exercise. I use this often - on planes (taking off isn't my favorite) or when I'm feeling overwhelmed. It works!
  • manage your time - find tools that help you save time and be more efficient: real estate technology tools like CRMs, electronic document management and virtual assistants. Delegate your tasks and save time!
  • take naps - studies show that an afternoon power nap of 10-20 minutes can help boost energy, mood and mental performance and is great for stress management. Find a bed or couch and embrace your own personal siesta.
  • get a massage - massage is great for blood flow and circulation, promoting energy movement, and reseting your alignment. There are fancy spas which can be pricey or you can choose a more affordable option like Massage Envy or a local massage school. Try to schedule one massage per month. It is well worth it!
  • smile - smiling really is the best medicine. The next time you aren't feeling great, smile. It is hard to feel bad when you are smiling. Smiles are a great way to connect with others and brighten a stranger's day. 
  • BYOF - Bring your own food - when traveling, plan ahead and bring your own food. If you're in the car all day, pack a lunch and healthy snacks like raw nuts, carrot sticks, sugar snap peas, apples, bananas, etc. When hunger strikes, you'll be prepared with healthy options. 
  • cook - a home cooked meal tastes better and is healthier for your body and soul! The time, pride and care you put into cooking comes out in the food. Cook with others or for others and make it a special event.
apple and water

I challenge you to choose one tip and try it today. Try it on your own or better yet, find a buddy and do it together. Stick to it, share it, even blog about it. Then add one more tip when you're ready. To be healthy and stay healthy we must exert a little effort, but it is well worth it. The benefits are priceless.

Images courtesy of SuperFantastic and Brunna Peretti Loureiro

Comments (94)

Lauren Bernstein
ActiveRain - Seattle, WA

Jerry - I'm happy to hear!


Cyndi - I believe "me" time is critical to maintaining one's health. In fact, I am a huge fan of "me" vacations. I finally took my very first one in Arizona for two days in March. I hiked, read, and took a watercolor painting class - it was very relaxing and I returned home invigorated. Spoiling ourselves every so often with our very own "me" time helps keeps us balanced. 


Trudy - Wonderful ideas!! Thanks for sharing specifics. You should write your book!


Karen - Thank you for your kind words!

Jul 23, 2010 05:23 PM
Lauren Bernstein
ActiveRain - Seattle, WA

Mark - It sounds like the perfect time to pick one...or three tips!


Juli - Adorable dog!


Bonnie - Great reminder, thanks!


Gene - It is so easy to get caught up in a stressful moment. You are right - we only have so much control and sometimes it is healthier to just "let go."


Frank & Sharon - You are so right about water! Our cells crave it, even if we don't feel thirsty. 

Jul 23, 2010 05:27 PM
Ty Lacroix
Envelope Real Estate Brokerage Inc - London, ON

Lauren, your challenge of trying one tip today is ok but I did 11 of those yesterday and I will be doing all 12 today.


Jul 23, 2010 10:48 PM
Lauren Bernstein
ActiveRain - Seattle, WA

Ty - I'm very impressed. You are a great role model for the community.

Jul 24, 2010 04:57 AM
Jayne Williamson, REALTOR, Broker, GRI
Keller Williams Realty Mountain Partners, Hendersonville, NC - Hendersonville, NC


Great post!  It is soooooo easy to lose yourself in this business.  just when you think you will have some free time something will always come along and take it.  We have to plan to take care of ourselves, just like we plan to take care of others.

Jul 24, 2010 10:56 AM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Wonderful tips.  Life is too short to not take care of ourselves.  Congrats on your feature.

Jul 24, 2010 02:43 PM
Carlos Delgado
Re/max - Chicago, IL

- get a massage - massage is great for blood flow and circulation,....


I can challenge myself to do this monthly.  Easy one.

Jul 24, 2010 03:39 PM
Carlos Delgado
Re/max - Chicago, IL

- get a massage - massage is great for blood flow and circulation,....


I can challenge myself to do this monthly.  Easy one.

Jul 24, 2010 03:39 PM
MaryBeth Mills Muldowney
TradeWinds Realty Group LLC - Braintree, MA
Massachusetts Broker Owner

Wow, thanks for the power list to a powerful life.  I think this is a great daily check list and your list made me smile, one item checked off the list!  thank you.

Jul 24, 2010 05:10 PM
Deidre Berry
WOW Real Estate - Florence, AL
Realtor - Florence, Alabama

Isn't it amazing...I know what I SHOULD be doing, but just keep putting it off until the "next" day.  Since being in the real estate business, my eating habits have gone downhill fast and exercise...what's that?  I'm printing off your list and making some goals!  Thanks!

Jul 28, 2010 04:47 AM
Lauren Bernstein
ActiveRain - Seattle, WA

Jayne - You are right! That is why it is important to schedule "me" time in your calendar. Block off 30 minutes or an hour or two in your calendar as an "appointment" for YOU.


Paula - Thanks!


Carlos - Massage is great! Can you add a second tip to your challenge?


MaryBeth - :) Wonderful!


Deidre - Eating healthy is hard work and takes focus and commitment. Great job on the goals.

Jul 31, 2010 08:47 AM
Liane Thomas, Top Listing Agent
Professional Realty Services® - Corona, CA
Bringing you Home!

Thank you for the great tips. At our weekly office meetings, we have ditched the donuts in favor of fruit and yogurt. We also have a Biggest Loser contest, and we are encouraging each other to try to "balance" better. I will be sharing your tips! Thank you.

Aug 21, 2010 06:07 AM
"The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW.
President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc. - Kissimmee, FL


I do all of them except cooking. That's BB's department. I don't eat a lot of what he cooks. He's a processed food junkie. I, on the other hand, eat salads, plenty of fruit and very little meat. And I believe, with all my heart, laughter can heal, and manage, anything going on in our lives. If more people just laughed at the world around them, and at themselves, we'd see a remarkable difference in our daily lives. Seriously :)


Aug 27, 2010 10:28 AM
Lauren Bernstein
ActiveRain - Seattle, WA

Liane - I'm happy to hear you're making changes in your office. Team support is a great way to go. I bet your team feels more energetic and productive after implementing new snack foods and balance. 

TLW - Wow, 11 out of 12, that is amazing!! I agree about laughter!

Aug 28, 2010 06:11 AM
Andy Capelluto
International School of Staging - Seattle, WA

WOW - what an excellent post Lauren Bernstein - and how cool to find your words of wisdom here :-)

Andy Capelluto


Sep 30, 2010 09:07 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Great tips, Lauren. Can't do BYOF and excercise...need to change habits, I guess.

Oct 02, 2010 05:45 PM
Michael Izquierdo
LA Pocket Listings - South Pasadena, CA

Excellent article, and i love the picture of the dog with the coffee. lol

Oct 07, 2010 08:08 AM
Lauren Bernstein
ActiveRain - Seattle, WA

Andy - Thanks!

Praful - Start with one tip and focus there. Baby steps!

Michael - Thank you, glad you like it!

Oct 10, 2010 06:40 PM
Patricia Beck
RE/MAX Properties, Inc., ABR, GRI, SRES - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Realty

Great tips Lauren.  I find exercising really helps with stress reduction.

Jan 05, 2011 02:55 AM
Karen L. Pietsch
Cary Property Pros - 4 Sale Realty, Inc. - Crystal Lake, IL
Cary Property Pros. Cary Property Pros Premier Real Estate

Lauren, I know that this is an older post but it's something I need to devote time to right now.  Despite the marketplace we're in, I've never been busier.  I must be doing something right, right?  Well, I need to get some of that precious time I can call my own.  It's time I treat myself better, I pamper myself and I'm going to start with your suggestions here.  Keep em coming.  I, for one, was desparately looking for just this type of post!  PS:  I LOVE your horses ... those pics are beautiful!

Feb 01, 2011 05:00 PM