At times, we all feel the pressure of life’s stresses and worries on our shoulders. Sometimes it all gets to be overwhelming, and we struggle to find the joy in our busy existence.
What most people don’t realize is that happiness is everywhere around you, but when you aren’t practicing regular healthy self care, you are blinded to it.
When you get to the point of being utterly physically and emotionally drained and you’re neglecting all of your own needs, it’s impossible to appreciate those small joys that might bring some light into your life otherwise.
Here are 6 simple ways to boost your happiness and keep yourself open to receiving joy.
1. Get some sleep
It might seem like a simple answer, but the large majority of working people out there are suffering from a severe lack of sleep.
Your body goes through multiple cycles or stages of sleep throughout the night, it needs to complete enough of those cycles and reach all of the proper stages in order to re-energize and rebuild itself.
When you miss hours or nights of sleep, that lost time is added to a life long sleep debt that will keep growing so long as you never get caught up on your rest.
You can work on this by listening to your mind and body, sleep when you’re tired, don’t fight your exhaustion when it arises.
Even a quick power nap in the afternoon of between 10 and 30 minutes can jump your batteries and raise your alertness.
Watch out though, sleeping too much more than that during the day can lead to that slow, groggy feeling which is sometimes referred to as “sleep inertia”.