5 stress relievers for real estate agents

It’s no secret that being a real estate agent comes with its own set of stressors, says the Agency’s Santiago Arana. Manage your stress and reset your mindset with these simple techniques you can apply anywhere, anytime.

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It’s no secret that even at the best of times, the role of a real estate agent can be stressful. Balancing client expectations with available inventory, high-stakes negotiations, and constant market fluctuations can stir up stress in even the most confident professionals.

Add personal and family obligations to all of this and you may have a recipe for maximum tension. In order to stay present, calm, and mentally sharp, I rely on these five anti-stress activities.

To take a walk

If you can, change your environment. A quick break in an area of ​​natural beauty like a beach, park, backyard or simply a landscaped yard would be ideal, as looking at trees and plants has been proven to reduce stress levels.

Even if you can’t escape, just walking around the block can help you refocus your mind and take a step back.

Talk with a friend

Calling or texting a trusted friend, mentor, or family member is a wonderful way to take the stress out of a situation. It can be as simple as saying “I’m just having a stressful time and wanted to get your perspective.” Or, if you’re not ready to fully dive in, just say you’re thinking of them and hope you can get together for lunch or a hike to catch up soon.

Many studies have shown that confiding in a friend when you feel pressured or emotionally overwhelmed not only strengthens that social bond, but elicits feelings of greater security and well-being in both parties.

Listen to a podcast

Podcasts are a great way to get into a different headspace. You can engage in moving storytelling, enjoy inspiring material, or follow professional advice. Whatever you’re looking for, I can promise you there’s probably a podcast for it.

I follow several myself and have shared some all-time favorites here. Beyond those, my go-tos for a quick mental reset are anything with Dr. Joe Dispenza or motivational speaker, Ed Mylett. I also like the TED Radio Hour, Ten Percent Happier with Dan Harris, and of course the Daily Meditation Podcast, which offers quick eight-minute guided meditations.

We all know the many benefits of meditation – from lowering blood pressure and heart rate to increasing creativity and reducing negative emotions – so I always encourage my colleagues, clients and friends to ‘try. Even a few minutes can help.

Visualization exercise

I’m a big fan of visualization. Putting some energy into desired results is a great way to redirect feelings of fear and frustration or help diffuse tense moments.

A quick way to do this is to imagine the feelings you would feel if you achieved a certain goal and focus on those feelings. For example, if you’re in the middle of negotiations and you’re feeling tense, imagine the sense of relief you’ll feel when the negotiations turn in your favor.

The goal here is to fully visualize and experience the feelings of fulfillment and fulfillment, and invite them to lift you up. I’ll be the first to admit that it can be a challenge, but refocusing energy can be amazing for your mental and emotional health.

I also like to repeat the phrase “This or something better” in my mind when visualizing my goal or outcome. Again, this redirects your mental and emotional energy towards a positive outcome and helps you suspend yourself from the current stressful moment.


Breathing is simple, yet effective in relieving stress — fast. To start, try inhaling and exhaling through your nose. This helps slow down breathing and actually helps the body take in more oxygen.

  • Inhale for a count of five.
  • Hold your breath for a count of five.
  • Exhale for a count of seven.
  • Repeat this several times.

Each of these techniques and tools can be tailored to your needs and preferences, but the goal is always the same: to maintain your mental and emotional well-being when faced with a stressful situation. Although we can’t control the types of stressors we face, we can always control how we react to them, especially in business.

Santiago Arana is Managing Partner of The Agency in Los Angeles. Connect with him on Instagram.

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