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5 Things Successful People Do After Work Instead of Going to the Bar

Updated on June 29, 2017
Playing an instrument is a fun thing to do after work that improves memory and mental health, leading to more success.
Playing an instrument is a fun thing to do after work that improves memory and mental health, leading to more success.

It may be tempting to head to the bar to unwind after a long day of work. But getting drunk is not the only way to relax. It is not even the best. Making a habit of heavy drinking after work causes serious medical problems like liver failure and alcoholism. It will also affect your professional and personal lives negatively. But here are 5 things to do when you get off work instead of going to the bar if you want to set yourself up for success. Some of these are more fun than drinking.


I told you this is more fun. But kidding aside, going home and having sex with your significant other is very beneficial. Not only can it help improve your relationship, but sex also lowers blood pressure, promotes better sleep, and reduces the risk of heart disease. Studies have also shown that sexually active people take fewer sick days at work and are healthier in general.

Playing an Instrument

Learning to play a musical instrument boosts confidence, lets you relax, and improves your memory. It is one of the few activities that fully engages both sides of the brain. You can even do it with a busy schedule. Alan Rusbridger, editor for The Guardian, practices piano 20 minutes a day despite his demanding work life.


Ecotherapy-- also known as going outside-- is good for lightening depression and increasing productivity and energy. Taking walks or gardening can be relaxing activities. If you work late, however, like many chefs do, night-time hikes are possibly a fun after-work activity with the family or coworkers. Just remember to stay safe.

Plan Your Weekend or a Trip

It shouldn't come as a surprise that those who take more vacations are happier in general. But a good deal of that happiness comes before the trip. The anticipation alone in planning fun activities can boost happiness and improve mental health.

Find a New Sport or Physical Activity

Even if you never cared for sports in high school, there are crazy sports or activities out there that you can do. Exercise is incredibly beneficial for many reasons, most of which you probably already know. Finding something fun and different will make exercise enjoyable. You could take belly-dancing classes, go mountain climbing, or even do gentle yoga. All of these are good ways to relax or get out frustrated energy from tough days at work. Not only will they make you feel better, but it will keep you from bringing tension or anger home to your family.

All of these are great things successful people do after work. And they are fun alternatives to going to a bar after work.


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    • Kara Skinner profile image

      Kara Skinner 7 months ago from Maine

      Shaloo, definitely! ThreeKeys, I'm glad you like them. Angel, go for it! Playing an instrument is a lot of fun and is really rewarding.

    • Angel Guzman profile image

      Angel Guzman 7 months ago from Joliet, Illinois true. I would love to learn to play an instrument. The bar isn't a terrible place but everything in moderation I feel.

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      Threekeys 7 months ago from Australia

      Great tips and reminders!

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      Shaloo Walia 7 months ago

      Far better alternatives than hitting the bar!