Life as a real estate agent or broker can be stressful. Transactions involve so many moving pieces, large financial stakes, and multiple entities. The next time you feel your stress level rising, here are six things you can do to calm yourself:
Breathe. Even a single deep breath—inhaling and exhaling—can provide relaxation. If you can, minimize distractions, close your eyes, and string together several breaths.
Get outside. Take a walk around the block or sit somewhere outside and observe the world around you. If you can’t go outdoors, try light exercise, like climbing stairs or performing easy stretches.
Focus on one thing. Stress builds when you think about future activities and imagine all that can go wrong. When this happens, focus on one item you can tackle now, then begin.
Turn on your tunes. Listening to your favorite music can bring your stress levels down.
Laugh. Find a short, funny video online—even one you’ve seen before—or remember a favorite joke.
Check in with a friend. A hug, quick phone call, or text exchange can shift your focus from what’s stressing you out to the good things in your life. Spending a moment with a pet is another good stress-reducing connection with a loved one.