Last week we discussed coping with stress at work. It’s only fitting that this week’s topic be how to tackle stress at home. As much as we would like to say we keep our home and work lives separate, the two influence each other. Instead of denying it, let’s embrace it! SMS cares about your business and, therefore, how it affects the rest of your life. We want to equip you with skills that help you handle stress regardless of where it originates. In short, we care about your health. That’s why we created the Agent Care and Encouragement (ACE) program! Keep an eye out every Friday for an ACE post with tips on how to stay mentally and physically well, especially during AEP.


How to Tackle Stress at Home

Stress is part of everyday life. We stress about money, employment, family matters, and many other things. While a little stress can help motivate us to get things done, a large amount or different kinds of stress can keep you from completing even the simplest of tasks. This article, Tips to Manage Anxiety and Stress, published by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America on adaa.org, has great advice on how to combat stress. Please read the highlights below as well as the full article. If you have questions or need additional assistance, please take a look at the resources on adaa.org.


If you feel anxiety or stress at home, try these strategies:

  • Take time for yourself to clear your head
  • Eat well-balanced meals and don’t skip meals
  • Limit caffeine and alcohol
  • Exercise and get enough sleep
  • Be open to humor
  • Volunteer
  • Talk to someone
  • Get online help


How SMS Can Help

We aren’t experts on stress management, but there are a few things we can do to help relieve your busy schedule! Let SMS take care of:

AEP Help: Don’t let this Annual Enrollment Period be a source of stress. Check out the SMS AEP Toolbox for an array of resources to help you stay on top of AEP business. If you have additional questions or need supplies, call us! We’re happy to help.

Training: Here at SMS, our training sets us apart. Rather than stressing over a new product or carrier, let us train you! Our training programs are flexible so you are able to take as much or as little time as you wish. This can be done in person, over the phone, or online! Check out our calendar of events or let us know if you would like training in a particular area.

Retirement Planning: Don’t let the future stress you out! The SMS Agent Road 2 Retirement program allows you to create an Individual Retirement Account (IRA). Most agents don’t have retirement plans through an employer, so SMS created a program for you. You may even qualify for a contribution from us! Available states: MO, IA, IL, KS, CO, GA, NE, & TX.


For additional questions and resources, contact us! 800-689-2800

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