There are few things in life as stressful as moving. The only more stressful? Overseeing the moving of hundreds of families into and out of your property throughout the years. With each new family comes a new set of personalities and challenges, making it incredibly difficult to boil your usual policies and procedures down to a single one-size-fits-all interaction. Even with a staff of helpful colleagues by your side, the stress of property management can be overwhelming. Scott Safadi of Cal Bay Property Management recommends the following tips for self-care for any overly stressed property manager:
Leave Work at Work
This tip is easier said than done, but finding the proper work/life balance is critical for anyone struggling with stress. While property management might be your passion, it's important to find time to spend with loved ones and to focus on things outside of the office. Savor your nights and weekends and spend them in ways that uplift you and energize you for the work week ahead. While there will inevitably be nights when you'll have to bring home work with you to complete, don't make it a habit.
Learn to Breathe
Ten years ago, meditation was reserved for spiritual gurus. Now, everyone is meditating, and the world is better for it. While traditionally thought of as a spiritual experience, even the most science-minded professionals have praised the tradition as helpful for those experiencing stressful times. Not sure you have the time, interest or patience to become a meditation master? No problem. Start by downloading one of the many free apps for beginners. We like Headspace and Budhhify.
Forget the Fast Food
When you're busy, it's tempting to reach for cheap, delicious comfort food that we don't have to prepare ourselves. While such choices might feel good in the moment, you're only setting yourself up for a long road of unhealthy behaviors. Eating junk fast food feels good in the moment, but as you begin to digest, you'll see the impact of high fat and high salt on your body. Instead, swap out fast food for other healthier options. Taking just five minutes in the morning to prepare a fresh salad with your favorite nuts, meats and cheeses can keep you energized longer and ready to tackle whatever challenge comes your way.
No matter how you choose to care for yourself during stressful times, prioritizing your mental and physical health is key.
- Scott Safadi, Cal Bay Property Management
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