We wanted to close 2020 with a few tips on how to prepare yourself physically, emotionally and mentally for the coming year.
- Commit to an exercise program: If you don’t already have an exercise program, now is a perfect time to break out those new sweats you got for Christmas. It doesn’t take much to get in shape. You just need to get up and get moving. The Department of Health and Human Services recommends 150 minutes per week of moderate activity, such as walking. Or, 75 minutes per week of vigorous activity, such as running or aerobics. Exercise helps with mood, sleep and overall well-bring. If you’re not up for a morning run in the cold, perhaps you can find a FREE exercise class online. For example, a morning yoga class is a great way to get your heart pumping and your muscles stretched, prior to starting your prospecting day with Vulcan 7.
- Make your health a priority: Getting in shape is obviously one way to make health a priority. But don’t put off the basics, such as periodic medical check-ups, vision exams and general health screenings. Regular check-ups helps reduce your risk of getting sick, detects potentially life-threatening conditions or diseases early, and increases the chances for treatment and cures.
- Get plenty of sleep: Quality sleep is so important, but we tend to dismiss it in our 24-hour wired world. Getting sufficient, quality sleep helps keep your weight in line, but, more importantly, reduces risk factors for heart attacks, strokes and chronic diseases like diabetes. The keys to improved sleep include keeping to a sleep schedule, cutting your use of caffeine and alcohol, maintaining a comfortable bedroom temperature and reducing your screen exposure close to bedtime.
- Practice mindfulness: One of the best ways to reduce stress and maintain your equilibrium throughout the day is to develop mindfulness practices. Try meditating each morning, even if you can only handle 5-10 minutes of simply noticing your breath. Instead of multi-tasking, focus on one thing at a time. Eat mindfully. Slow down. Keep your computer and phone time in check. Talk a walk in nature. Practice deep breathing when you’re at your desk or in your car. The great thing about mindfulness is that it doesn’t cost anything to stay centered and relaxed.
- Be grateful: Research has shown that practicing an attitude of gratitude reduces depression and stress, while also lowering your blood pressure. You can get a better night’s sleep if you spend a few minutes writing down what you’re grateful for before bed. Research has also shown that practicing gratitude improves mental resilience and improves self-esteem, two critical traits for a successful real estate agent.
- Enjoy your relationships: Numerous studies have shown that people who have satisfying relationships with family and friends are happier, have fewer health problems and live longer, richer lives. In fact, it’s fair to say that one of the unintended gifts of the COVID pandemic is that it has helped us to fully appreciate the importance of social connections.
- Remember, it’s better to give, then to receive. Perhaps you’ve heard of “helper’s high?” It’s the feeling we get when feel-good neurotransmitters are activated after we’ve done something for another person. There are so many people and organizations that can benefit from our time, talent and treasures. Research has shown that people are most fulfilled when they practice “giving” on a regular basis.
Everyone at Vulcan 7 wishes you a healthy, happy, and prosperous 2021.