Finding the right balance is key
GLADSTONE real estate agent Ros Waters knows what it means to be stressed.
Working full time in a highly stressful job as well as having three children, a husband and an acre of land to tend to can be overwhelming if you don’t find the right balance.
“It’s all about finding the right work and family balance,” Ms Waters said.
“It can be very stressful if you don’t have the correct balance between work and other commitments.”
“I make sure I put time aside for my family each week and friends as well.
“I make sure I spend quality time with my children and have a social life as well. The kids and I love to play golf together.
“In my downtime I like to play poker as it takes my mind off everything and I also love gardening. I love to get my hands dirty and reconnect with the earth.
“I have a very big vegie garden and chooks and being in the garden gives me the ability to let go of all the pressures of daily life.
Ms Waters said a healthy diet is also important for dealing with stress.
“I eat lots of fruit and vegetables,” she said.
“I love walking on the beach, fishing and going out on the boat, it all helps take your mind off the daily issues.”
Ms Waters gets regular weekly massages to counteract the stress build up in her neck and shoulders to destress and relax.
“I also take time out to get my nails done fortnightly,” she said.
“Being a mum of three I have to have the ability to say no when things get too much and to be organised.
“Technology makes my life easier as it allows me more time at home when I can check my emails from home instead of having to go into work to do it.
“Facebook is also a great way to connect with people that you don’t have time to see otherwise and if used correctly it can be a good way express your feelings.”
Ms Waters said she talks to her friends regularly when she feels stressed.
“True friendship is when we have a complete understanding of what we are all up against.”
Ms Waters said stress can be infectious.
“When one person is stressed it tends to rub off on others and everyone in the room becomes stressed.
“My tips for stress are don’t blow things out of proportion, prioritise and don’t make situations bigger than what they are.
“It’s a matter of your wants and need versus the amount of time you have to do it all.”