We are a youth-obsessed culture, but I like Dr. Christiane Northrup’s new paradigm, “getting older is inevitable but aging is optional.” Like many of my peers, when I think about my age I find it almost unbelievable that I got this “old” so fast. But the reality is that I feel more dynamic and healthy than I did decades ago. I have been blessed with good health but I attribute a lot of my overall well-being to my career as a home stager. While I make no claims to be a doctor, I have come to some personal conclusions about how my job is helping to keep me energized and healthy.
Here are three ways I believe a career in home staging may increase longevity and well-being:
- Physical Health: The dynamics of the profession promote physical activity and good health. A home stager is constantly on the move! 10,000 steps a day is recommended for good health. Since getting my FitBit I have discovered that on most days I average 12,000 – 15,000 steps. I acknowledge that I live and work in New York City and we walk much more than most people. But this is an occupation where we spend very little time sitting!
An abundance of scientific research is proving that a sedentary lifestyle is a huge health risk. In a recent article in The Huffington Post, “Sitting is the New Smoking”, describes this lifestyle threat so well.
“Dr. James Levine of the Mayo Clinic is credited with coining that mantra — “sitting is the new smoking” — but he’s not the only one who believes it. Researchers have found and continue to find evidence that prolonged sitting increases the risk of developing several serious illnesses like various types of cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. The article also documents research that co-relates sedentary lifestyles to an increased risk of obesity, muscular issues and depression.”
- Cognitive Vitality: The conceptual challenges of the home staging profession promote continual intellectual activity and creativity, which are both attributed to maintaining cognitive vitality.
Numerous publications are citing research findings that support this. Medical News Today.com, reports that “researchers say there are certain lifestyle measures we can take to reduce our risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, including being physically active, eating a healthy and balanced diet, maintaining good cardiovascular health, and exercising the brain.”
The Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation recommends “stimulating your brain throughout life by engaging socially and intellectually. Education at any age may protect against cognitive decline. Brain games from Lumosity or the AARP can keep you cognitively-engaged.”
Professional home stagers are continually cognitively and socially engaged with new projects and new clients and the inherent creative and project management challenges. Producing successful home staging requires mastery of many skills and in many ways, can be compared to completing a puzzle. My company is named Ingenuity & Pizzazz, Inc. for good reason. In each of my staging jobs I must rely on my ingenuity and creativity to deliver complex and challenging projects on budget and within tight time frames.
- Emotional Well-Being. “According to the Longevity Project, a recent long-term study, participants who were the most committed to their jobs and worked the hardest actually ended up living longer. What’s the key? Loving what you do for a living!”.
Our work is never boring and always keeps us challenged. There is wonderful diversity in the properties we stage and the numerous home sellers and real estate agents we collaborate with.
Home stagers now play an integral role in the real estate industry, as it has become undeniable that staged properties sell faster and for more money than comparable properties that are not staged.
Intangible work-related rewards can be derived from service jobs when workers derive satisfaction from knowing they are helping others. They can also come from knowing that you are doing a great job in terms of performance and achievement. As a professional home stager, I get to do work I love and do well and I feel immensely gratified that I am making a significant difference in the lives of the people I help. In addition, my profession has enhanced my physical fitness and keeps me creatively, intellectually and socially engaged. Who could wish for more?
If you are interested in a career in home staging and would like information on Certified Staging Professionals leading home staging training program and Nairn Friemann’s upcoming training classes, please contact us.