As a Realtor, you’re used to being on the go … and on the go … and on the go some more. Productive? Often, yes – but not always. Healthy? Perhaps not so much as you might like.
You may be one of those people who compulsively checks email and picks up the phone even a client’s calling on a Saturday night or emailing a question about rates or comps at three in the morning. (And what are you doing up then anyway?) You might think it takes only a minute or two to respond, but the energy devoted during that brief period can be wholehearted and your brain can continue thinking about work even after the task is done.
After the holidays, we return to work rested and recharged – probably because the time off helped us look at the big picture and rejuvenate. A single day off can serve a similar purpose. The need for regular days off is one of the reasons many agents choose to work in teams. I know of one duo who makes such a discipline of time off that the one taking a day away from work gives the other one her cell phone. Now that’s dedication to relaxation!
I recently read a CNN.com article in which former ER physician Matthew Sleeth was interviewed. He’s written a book called “24/6: A Prescription for a Healthier, Happier Life” – so he knows what he’s talking about. “We go 24/7 now, and I think it’s having health consequences,” Sleeth told the network. “I think more and more, there’s a consensus that it leads to depression and anxiety.”
Sleeth recommends putting a “stop day” into your weekly schedule. This offers a chance to relax and rejuvenate, and is much like the Jewish Sabbath. “I have many people I’ve talked to now that have said that keeping one day of rest a week,” he said, “has been the single best thing they’ve done for their marriage, their family and their spiritual relationship.”
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