Buisness2Business – A Financial Professional’s Guide To Staying Stress Free
By Brie DeChance
As a business owner, I am no stranger to stress. After a long day of phone calls, meetings, and sitting in front of a computer, I am often drained and exhausted. Add the long winter months to the equation, and I find myself tempted to go home and lay on the couch or better yet- go straight to bed. But years of experience have taught me that the better way to fight stress and seasonal depression is to GET MOVING. Exercise is the most potent, yet underutilized antidepressant and stress reliever.
Many years ago I made a commitment to makefitness a part of my daily routine and it is truly one of the best decisions I have ever made but it certainly wasn’t easy. The first change I made was my view towards exercise: it is not an option; it is something I must do every day- like going to work or eating.
Once that is established in your mind, everything else falls into place because you will make it so. It’s not like you ask yourself “How am and when am I going to get to work today?” You just go because it’s something you have to do! I don’t care if I haven’t slept; I don’t care if I’m angry and frustrated at the office; I don’t care if I’m hung over or feeling the after effects of the night before: Excuses don’t burn calories. No matter how awful I feel, or how hard it is when I’m doing it, the bottom line is that I feel exponentially better when I’m done working out. I’ve found that a bad day actually can be made better- by going to the gym. You may regret the way your day went at the office, but you’ll never regret working out.
“When I was done with a closing instead of sitting in traffic, I would pull into a residential neighborhood, pull up a map on my phone, put on my sneakers and explore the area.”
Once you’ve changed the way you view working out, you will change your routine to make it happen. When I first opened my title company I used to attend a lot of real estate closings as the title closer. I was driving all over New York from Suffolk County up to Westchester and everywhere in between. It was difficult to find the time to exercise but I couldn’t let that stop me: I threw my sneakers in the trunk of my car and hit the road. When I was done with a closing instead of sitting in traffic, I would pull into a residential neighborhood, pull up a map on my phone, put on my sneakers and explore the area. I would run in a loop or out and back to my car. I would do whatever I had to do to get in at least half an hour of sweating before I got back in the car.
Being regimented is great but when you’re committed to your demanding profession and you’re also committed to exercising, there has to be some flexibility. If I have an early morning meeting, I’ll take a class in the evening. If I have a client dinner I either work out in the morning or for whatever time I can squeeze in beforehand. I don’t care if I’m running for my life on the treadmill for 25 minutes at 6 PM before my 7 PM dinner: Something is better than nothing, and I am going to someway, somehow, GET IT DONE. No excuses. Because the reality is I feel better, I look better and I am a nicer person when I do. I am more effective at my job because I feel confident and accomplished as a result of working out.
The secret of your success is found in your daily routine. We already know this to be true in our work place- to make it true in your personal life you need to make the same dedication to your fitness schedule. Start with changing your mind- it’s not something you want to do: it’s something you HAVE to do. It’s a non option. After all in the competitive real estate industry, we all know there’s no elevator to success… You have to take the stairs!
“Exercise is the most potent, yet underutilized antidepressant and stress reliever.”