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Developing a routine that involves relaxing and working

Real Estate Agent with Equity Real Estate - Davis Co. Office

It's obvious to anybody how stressful is a salesperson's life. Maybe that's why "they get the big bucks". Also, that would explain the many cases of alcohol and drug abuse, divorce, depression, and suicide, among other terrible consequences of not dealing with stress satisfactorily.

Some of us generally tend to consider relaxation to be a waste of precious time. We simply do not put high value on relaxation. We evaluate ourselves more on measurable things such as personal achievements and financial worth - not emotional wellness. We often tend to feel guilty if we aren't constantly being productive.

This sense of guilt usually arises from our parents' pre-adolescent brainwashing. They taught us to achieve and perform... to continuously strive to become Superman. I know what you're thinking, "Yeah well, I do sometimes have problems unwinding, but it's not going to kill me." I'd hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it could.

According to medical experts, stress has become a major health problem. It has been linked to heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, cancer, and other serious illnesses. The solution is to learn how to unwind. This learning process, however, is not easy - especially if you're the stern, workaholic, and achievement-oriented type.

There are a number of basic rules to help you add balance to your life. Begin by seeking out leisurely activities that are separate from work. If you're the "analytical" type (such a lawyer, scientist, accountant, etc...) then pursue relaxation through activities such as gardening, building a deck or cooking.

Make sure you work up a sweat once in a while. Thirty minutes of intense cardiovascular exercise immediately reduces body tension. Studies have also found that weightlifting counters anxiety and depression, and boosts self-esteem as well as aerobics.

Also, choose a relaxing activity that you consider relaxing. If a friend wants to go fishing and you know you'll get bored quickly, don't go. Boredom often adds to stress levels as opposed to diminishing them.

Obviously, above it all, you must assign little breaks in your busy schedule.


Independent Leadership & Financial Fitness Consultant - Pleasant Grove, UT


Nice post.  I find myself feeling guilty at times for not constantly working.  I have also have a partner who believes if your not always on the phone or working then your not pulling your weight, often that simply is not true.  I agree with the physical activity as well.  I swim a 1/2 mile every morning, sometimes 3/4 a mile.  The first month I didn't feel that great after working out, but it's month 2, and I feel great every morning now!


Jan 23, 2007 03:39 AM
Nilton De Macedo
Equity Real Estate - Davis Co. Office - Clinton, UT
The habit makes the monk... or in this case... the realtor...
Jan 23, 2007 10:32 AM