The real estate industry has its ups and downs–long hours, short hours, high sales months, low sales months, etc; it can be an emotional roller coaster. And to add a global pandemic into the mix only increases tension and stress. Real estate professionals have increased exposure to COVID-19 as they are still out in the field working. They are the force behind our industry, arguably, being a key reason that our economy is still afloat. This past year, we have adapted, remained resilient, and continued helping clients buy and sell homes. This all creates an immense amount of pressure. The emotional and psychological impacts of COVID-19 can lead to feelings of hopelessness and even thoughts of suicide.
Self-care and overall wellness are more important now than ever. We cannot sufficiently care for others–our families, our clients, nor our friends–if we have not properly done so for ourselves. It is important to take time to reset; but carving out this time can be a challenge. Realtor.com has some excellent self-care tips for busy real estate agents.
In addition, if you or someone you know may be having thoughts of suicide, it is important to reach out. This is the first step to safety. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)–a voluntary health organization with a mission of saving lives and bringing hope to those impacted by suicide–has an array of helpful resources. For those who have lost someone to suicide already, it is imperative that they, too, have support. AFSP also has resources for survivors of suicide loss. For more information, visit https://afsp.org/loss (resource flyers are available in English and Spanish).
At the end of the day, we are all still dealing with the heavy impacts of the pandemic and the past year. There is now a light at the end of the tunnel, but in the meantime, we must ensure that we are taking care of ourselves, supporting others in times of need, and staying as connected to one another as much possible.