April 12 2019
Stress and anxiety can come from many different sources in a property management career. Angry tenants will often shout or rant at you when something goes wrong in their unit, and often enough it’s not a problem you could have prevented. You may have to worry about profit margins if you can’t find enough tenants to fill your property, or you might face budget cuts coming down from the property owner. Finding and keeping good employees is another big challenge you have to face.
If you let all that workplace stress build up, you’ll start making mistakes, and those mistakes will only make your stress worse. That’s why it’s important to have outlets and ways to manage your stress both during and after work.
• Choose a healthy escape. Some people forget about their stress by overeating or drinking too much alcohol, but there are healthier outlets that let you escape from it all. Exercise is a good way to cut down on stress and nervous energy, and you can read or watch movies to leave your life behind for a while.
• Set hard lines for personal time. Your property management career may give you flexible hours and expect you to be ready to go during an emergency situation, but if that takes up several hours you should spend several fewer hours at the office the next day.
• Don’t go it alone. Most of the people around you know a thing or two about stress themselves, and they each have their own ways of handling it. They may be able to help you out with advice, support, or by taking over some of your work or home duties.
A property management career can be very rewarding, but it can also involve a lot of stressful situations. Managing that stress is an important step to success, and the best way to manage it is to find healthy outlets, keep your personal and work lives separate, and don’t be afraid to reach out when you need to.