When it comes to business professions, it can be a high stakes career that puts the pressure on you to bring your best all day every day, and that can be exhausting. However, this type of job is sought after for good reason, the money. These jobs involve large sums of money trading hands in many cases, and that requires skills, which, in turn, makes you more money. Therefore, it can be worth it to endure all of the stress in order to get that paycheck. However, it’s also worth noting that this line of work may take its toll on you without taking some steps to fight the stress. After all, prolonged stress can cause mental illness, which in turn makes you worse at the job you’ve sacrificed your sanity to. Here are a few tips to help you fight work related stress.
First and foremost, eliminate as much unnecessary stress as you can from your private life. For instance, if your friend group likes to get involved with drama, ditch them. This type of behavior is immature and something you not only don’t need complicating your life, but also can easily remove yourself from. These “friends” are only friends in the sense that there’s no word for a self centered friend. Another way to remove excess stress would be to use a service like Care.com to take care of an elderly or infirm relative or loved one living with you. Taking the burden, not them, but taking care of them, out of the equation can allow you to unwind after work and be bright eyed and bushy tailed for the next day of work.
Another important stress fighting factor is simply relaxing when you can. After a long hard day of work, a nice hot bath can be just the thing you need to rejuvenate your body and mind. This can be the time of quiet reflection you need or you could add to it a glass of wine and some smooth jazz if you like. Whatever helps you relax. On a similar note, a quick “power nap” can help you rest a bit and recharge your batteries to better enjoy the rest of your evening. Be careful here, however, and timing is everything. You want to avoid REM sleep, the deepest sleep where dreaming occurs, so keeping your naps under half an hour gives you the best benefits.
However, these tips are perhaps best reserved for introverts like myself, and you may be an extrovert in need of more active relaxation. Despite the oxymoronic nature of this statement, extroverts are better able to relax in social situations, so don’t be afraid to go out with friends for a night on the town if this describes you.
With these tips in mind, you will hopefully be better prepared to stave off the rigors and stresses of your professional life to maintain morale and good mental health. Just remember that while money makes the world go ‘round, it’s also the root of all evil, so don’t let it destroy you.