When it comes to business professions, it can be a demanding job. But, that’s your lot in life, you may think, and that’s largely true. After all, money makes the world go ‘round. However, it’s important to stop and smell the roses, so to speak, from time to time. You’ll want to periodically reassess your situation in order to make the best decisions regarding your job and, more importantly, your mental health. The world of business is a world of large sums of money changing hands, and that means stress. Prolonged periods of stress can and will wreak havoc on the mind, which will, in turn, affect the body, so it’s in your best interest, as well your employers believe it or not, to make sure you maintain morale, and the workplace isn’t doing you any favors in this department. That being said, you don’t need to quit your job, or anything drastic like that. You just need to make some smart choices outside of work to help you keep your head above water. Here are a few suggestions.

First and foremost, consider the therapeutic power of a nice hot bath after work. There’s nothing like hot water, believe it or not, to rejuvenate you, both body and mind. This can be a period of peace and quiet, if you like, or you could add to it some smooth jazz and a glass of wine. Whatever you like. If you’re not feeling a bath first thing after work, consider napping. A short nap can help recharge your batteries, so to speak, so that you can more fully enjoy your evening. Be careful, however, because too long of a nap can actually make you more tired. The sweet spot is around half an hour. Any longer than that and you’ll be in REM sleep, the deepest stage of the sleep cycle where dreaming occurs. Waking up from this state will leave you tired and groggy. As long as you plan accordingly, however, a nap can be a huge blessing after a hard day of work. However, my advice so far has been aimed exclusively at introverts like myself. Extroverts have a different idea of what relaxation looks like, and that should be addressed as well.

If you’re an extrovert, social interaction is your relaxation. Despite the excitement inherent in hanging out with friends, some people find this to be better rest than isolation and tranquility, and who are we to argue? If this describes you, you may be more inclined to enjoy a night on the town with friends, for example, more than the options listed above. So, consider getting together with friends or family for dinner and a movie. Another option to consider is dating, so consider finding at a date via a dating site like eHarmony and spending an evening that way.

With these tips in mind, you should be a little better equipped to reduce the stresses of your career and be better prepared to tackle your next day of work, bright eyed and bushy tailed. This will not only prolong your sanity, but it will also make you a more productive worker, so it’s, again, in everyone’s best interest.