5 Ways to Reduce Stress and Improve Your Mental Well-being

Stress is a natural reaction of your body when it adapts to changes or adjustments that are required in life, this is now more prevalent than ever finding the new ‘normal’ for people. Our body reacts to these changes in multiple ways, some changes can be physical and some changes can be mental or emotional.

A person can experience both good and bad types of stress. For example, “good stress” might result from getting married or having a baby. And “bad stress” might result from the death of a loved on, a break-up, or an unexpected job loss. While the causes and emotions involved can be very different, stress can have similar physical effects no matter the cause.

The human body is designed to handle stress

Stress is necessary for us, as it keeps us alert and motivated. It’s part of our natural “fight or flight” response that protects us.

But too much of anything is bad for you, and stress is no exception. Too much stress can cause damage both physically and mentally.

In this chaotic world, it is difficult not to get overwhelmed by stress. The struggle of adjusting to the new changed in your work life, managing and supporting your family, and not being able to interact socially with friends can cause an abundance of stress that your body might not be able to handle. That makes it essential to take some time out to address these new changes and relax, reduce stress, and focus on your emotional and mental wellbeing.

Learn to cope with, and reduce, stress in your life

Here are five ways you can reduce stress and live a happier, more relaxed, life.

1. Eliminate unnecessary causes of stress

One of the easiest ways to reduce stress is to find out what’s causing it and eliminate those root causes wherever possible. Is it your work, your school, or your commute? If you can figure out what stresses you, you can work to eliminate those things or make positive changes.

Try to accept that the current situation will not be forever and it’s just for a period of time.

2. Go easy on yourself

You need to accept that you will never be able to control everything. Also you can never do things perfectly no matter how hard you try because perfection lies in the eye of the holder. Learn to accept these realities and stop beating yourself up over these things.

Also, it’s important to maintain a sense of humor. Laughter can go a long way toward reducing stress and keeping you relaxed.

3. Take time for yourself

To reduce stress and find more mental peace, you need to spend some downtime with yourself. Going outdoors, even if this is juts in the garden or for a brief walk will have many health benefits for both body and mind.

Or if you are a music-loving person you can listen to music that relaxes you. Meditation and prayer are also great restful things you can do to reduce your stress while enjoying some peaceful time by yourself.

4. Eat well

Eating a well-balanced meal is an essential way to keep your stress levels low. Eating healthy, fresh, whole foods not only helps your body feel well in general but also reduces stress and can help regulate moods.

Frequently skipping meals or overloading on sugar and junk foods can increase your body’s stress reactions over time and waistline!

5. Exercise

Exercise a vital part of your life. It keeps your body healthy and helps reduce stress. Exercise can help reduce stress because it releases endorphins in the brain and makes you happy. And being happy is the key to reducing stress.

Exercise is one of the best ways to reduce your physical stress and elevate your mood. An average person needs to exercise at least three hours each week to maintain a healthy lifestyle and reduce stress. To maximise exercise’s stress-busting effects, choose activities you love. That might include a favourite sport, running, cycling, yoga or you can even get on-line with Joe Wicks PE for the nation.

When you focus on these five things, you should feel less stressed and more relaxed in no time.

Update from IPM – COVID-19 Leaseholders pandemic policy

COVID-19 Update

As COVID-19 (coronavirus) continues to impact people and organisations globally, we would like to update you on the further steps that Inspired Property Management is taking to ensure business continuity for our clients.

Inspired Property Management is taking the necessary steps to ensure that our business services remain uninterrupted during this time, regardless of whether our staff are working in an IPM office or remotely. We are equipped to provide the high-quality service you have come to expect from us, and our support teams will remain available to users for the duration.

We will continue to communicate with our residents through email, phone calls and via the tenant portal and we are sourcing offsite printing facilities.

As the situation on COVID-19 is still evolving and further government measures have yet to be confirmed, we will continue to monitor the information provided.

For further information please read our Pandemic Policy Leaseholders 17 March 2020

Thank you for your understanding in advance.

New double instruction for IPM in Manchester

New double instruction located in Manchester

Inspired Property Management are pleased to announce the new instruction of two buildings as part of this development totalling 24 apartments located in Manchester.

The property is now under the management of Inspired Property Management.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advice for residents and tenants

What’s the risk of coronavirus in the UK?

The UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the public from low to moderate.

Health professionals are working to contact anyone who has been in close contact with people who have coronavirus.

What’s the risk of coronavirus for travellers?

There are some countries and areas where there’s a higher chance of coming into contact with someone with coronavirus.

See our coronavirus advice for travellers.

Symptoms of coronavirus

The symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a cough
  • a high temperature
  • shortness of breath

But these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness.

The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.

How coronavirus is spread

Because it’s a new illness, we do not know exactly how coronavirus spreads from person to person.

Similar viruses are spread in cough droplets.

It’s very unlikely it can be spread through things like packages or food.

Do I need to avoid public places?

Most people can continue to go to work, school and other public places.

You only need to stay away from public places (self-isolate) if advised to by the 111 online coronavirus service or a medical professional.

How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus

Do

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell

Don’t

  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

Check if you need medical help

NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do.

Use this service if:

  • you think you might have coronavirus
  • in the last 14 days you’ve been to a country or area with a high risk of coronavirus – see our coronavirus advice for travellers
  • you’ve been in close contact with someone with coronavirus
Information: Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Call 111 if you need to speak to someone.

Getting help in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland

  • Scotland: call your GP surgery or call 111 if your surgery is not open
  • Wales: call 111
  • Northern Ireland: call 111

How to self-isolate if you’re asked to

If there’s a chance you could have coronavirus, you may be asked to stay away from other people (self-isolate).

This means you should:

  • stay at home
  • not go to work, school or public places
  • not use public transport or taxis
  • ask friends, family members or delivery services to do errands for you
  • try to avoid visitors to your home – it’s OK for friends, family or delivery drivers to drop off food

You may need to do this for up to 14 days to help reduce the possible spread of infection.

Read more coronavirus self-isolation advice.

Treatment for coronavirus

There is currently no specific treatment for coronavirus.

Antibiotics do not help, as they do not work against viruses.

Treatment aims to relieve the symptoms while your body fights the illness.

You’ll need to stay in isolation away from other people until you’ve recovered.

More information

You can find more details about the advice from Inspired Property Management here in their Corona Virus Advice download.

Have you reviewed your property insurance?

It’s important you have the right insurance in place for the properties you manage, is it up to date and are you are getting the right cover and best value for you, your leaseholders and residents?

Here are the top 7 insurance tips to consider when reviewing your property insurance:

Specialist advice

Specialist and experienced property insurance providers are best placed to provide the right cover and price. They should be able to search a panel of reputable UK insurers to find the best solutions for you.

Risk Management

Residential managing agents need up-to-date safety and compliance risk management solutions to help clients save money, lives and mitigate risk. Access to expert Risk Management advice should be an integral part of the service offered by your insurance provider.

Insurance Regulations Change

Your insurance provider should keep you up-to-date on any change to regulations, especially after the UK exits the EU.

Specialist covers

Obtain advice on whether the properties you manage need specialist covers such as Directors  & Officers Environmental Liability, Professional Indemnity, Terrorism and where there’s a lift, Engineering.

Client Money Protection

All firms operating within the Private Rented Sector (PRS) in England and Wales are required by law to hold a government approved Client Money Protection scheme membership but there are key differences for managing agents. Letting agents hold around £500,000 of client money whereas residential managing agents may typically hold over £6m and not actually be covered by their lettings CMP scheme.

The “levy schemes” currently available pool the premiums paid by members to pay claims from other members. This works well within the PRS as claim amounts tend to be small, however one claim from a managing agent could cost the premiums paid by all members.

Managing claims

One aspect of insurance that often gives managing agents a headache is having to track the progress of claims which can be time consuming and stressful. The claims management process should offer a 24/7 service for you, leaseholders and residents alike, leaving you free to spend your valuable time elsewhere.

Protect Directors and Officers

Many people don’t realise they can be held personally responsible for errors or omissions when they agree to become a Director of a Residential Management Company or Right to Manage Company. Directors and Officers insurance provide defence costs and compensation if they are held personally liable for a wrongful act whilst working on behalf of leaseholders.

Having the correct level of insurance is essential and should be reviewed on an annual basis.

How to get the most from your Property Management company

GETTING THE BEST FROM YOUR PROPERTY MANAGING AGENT

It is critical to future management arrangements to establish at the outset the role and responsibilities of the property managing agent:

  • what responsibilities and authorities the agent will have;
  • how much service charge money they can spend without your authority;
  • response times and other timescales for action; and
  • the authorised lines of reporting and communication.

Both the individual leaseholders and the agent should be clear as to from whom instructions are to be received. An agent cannot work if expected to receive instructions from all lessees. The usual and most effective arrangement is for the agent to attend, and report to, meetings of the Board of the RMC. In between meetings the Board could nominate one of its directors to be the main point of contact. By treating the agent as a form of general manager, he or she will provide useful input to policy and take overall responsibility for day-to-day affairs. Meetings should be properly organised and the Board’s instructions to the agent clearly minuted. The Board should set clear lines of communication, understood and observed by both sides.

Remember that the agent cannot take instructions from the Board that would put him in breach of any landlord and tenant law, code of practice or other statutory guidance eg health and safety legislation.

The Board should also establish how the agent is to respond to questions from individual residents and his/her accountability to those individuals. The residents should be clearly informed by the Board of the identity of the agent, duties and limits of authority. Although the agent will be working for the residents as a whole, the employer is the Board, and the residents must be clear that the agent carries the authority and support of the Board in respect of all his/her actions. The agent should not be placed in any position of ambiguity in dealing with individual flat-owners and, of course, cannot take instructions from them.

IPM are members of the Institute of Residential Property Management, RICS, ARMA, the property ombudsman and other highly regarding business accreditations. If you’d like to find out more information about our property management service for your development or block of flats, please get in touch on 01302 729 500.

JOB VACANCY – Head of Property Management/Regional Manager

NOW HIRING!

Inspired Property Management are looking for a Head of Property Management/Regional Manager to maintain the excellent standards of leadership, innovation and customer service delivery to our stakeholders. Due to growth within the Northern region we are looking for a senior team member to support Property Managers in delivering the quality, dedicated service we are known for as well as providing innovative solutions alongside industry best practice standards.

As a company we started in 2009 and have seen significant, albeit measured growth within the sector. We have organically grown from a North England office to a Central London office with the consistent delivery of a quality-driven and competent service.

As we expand we are looking to strengthen our leadership team with a Head of Property Management. The opportunity will suit a natural leader with the capability of providing training and development to the team whilst reporting to the Directors on progress and performance.

The core duties of the position include-

  • Ensure management standards are maintained across the portfolio
  • Support Property Managers in record keeping and compliance
  • Manage the performance of the team, ensuring company processes are adhered to
  • Support the team in client/leasehold meetings
  • Act as point of escalation for complex matters with a resolution focused approach
  • Keep updated on legislation, case law and industry standards and disseminate to the team accordingly
  • Ensure all sites are thoroughly inspected with Health and Safety at the forefront
  • Report to Directors periodically as requested

This is an excellent opportunity for someone looking to progress within a forward thinking and ambitious company, known for quality of service.

If you would like an off the record discussion about the role please call David Poppleton on 01302 729500 or email dave@inspiredpm.co.uk for more information.