Do you ever get so caught up in the daily stress surrounding your life that you skip the gym, grab your lunch and dinner from a drive-thru window and then lie in bed at night unable to sleep? It is common for REALTORS to get caught up in caring for others... In fact, so caught up, their own wellness starts to suffer.
Think about the last time you flew in an airplane… one of the safety instructions advises you to place your oxygen mask on first before helping others with theirs. This is not a selfish act, the simple fact is… if you can’t breathe, you are not in a position to assist others. In your business…Just like in an inflight emergency… you can’t help others if you are exhausted because you haven’t taken care of yourself first!
Your Most Important Business Asset is YOU…Ways to RECHARGE NOW!
RELAX: This is an unappreciated necessity of life. Take short breaks through-out the day, walk around the block, listen to music, or take a power nap…a little siesta never hurt anyone!
Take at least one full day off every week. When you are busy it is tempting to work 24/7, however…a full day off will refresh your mind, improve your mood and prevent burnout. Remember: you set your schedule! Schedule in a day off and do something for you.
MAINTAIN PERSPECTIVE: Don’t become a “Drama Queen”. Separate the “important” from the “urgent” but remember…not everything which seems urgent at the time is important. Learning to isolate molehills from mountains sometimes takes a special set of skills.
Not every issue is a big deal. Being blessed with the talent to calm your clients and make them realize this “urgent molehill” will be a forgotten memory in a few short months will assist you in transforming more past clients into “referral sources”.
SURROUND YOURSELF WITH THE POSITIVE: One of my favorite books is The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. “The Secret” ...is to be positive and surround yourself with positive things and people…things and people which make you happy. Negative things and negative people bring about negative energy, my father told me once “you become who you hang out with”, and I have this to be true throughout my life. I make a conscious effort to be naturally drawn towards the positive, maintain a focused positive energy, and do things that make me happy.
LAUGH OFTEN: Milton Berle once said “Laughter is an instant vacation” always take time out for fun. Enough said!
GET PHYSICAL: Exercise is a great stress reliever…strive to exercise every day for at least 1 hour. Get outside and go for a walk or a run, ride a bike or play golf. Join a gym…which by the way, is a great place to add new people to your B.o.B. You will feel better, maintain a higher level of energy and the positive side effect may be that you will look better as well. You may even start to fit into those “skinny jeans” again!
EAT TO LIVE…DON’T LIVE TO EAT: A healthy diet is essential to help you stay on top of your game. It fuels your body and gives you the energy to last through the day. Stay away from fad diets... which are usually unbalanced and unnatural…limit junk food, and stay hydrated. You should drink a minimum of one ounce of water for every pound you weigh daily. So if you weigh 175 lbs. you should drink 175 ounces of water, (almost 1.5 gallons every day).
Limit your intake of sweets, sugary sodas and caffeine. Combine a healthy diet with exercise and in no time flat you will “own” those skinny jeans! In fact, you may have to go buy a smaller "new" pair of skinny jeans!
I hope these suggestions will help you to take care of your most important asset and assist you to have more energy throughout your day!
Eddie Brown 2012