Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Increasing Your Happiness: Have a Nightly Routine

Most of us spend more time at work than we do engaged in any other activity other than sleeping. If we consider how much of our lives we spend in our workplace, it quickly becomes clear that spending this time being unhappy, unfulfilled, and just counting the days until the weekend is a waste of time and energy. Finding ways to be happier at work can lead to better mental health and can improve your productivity and overall work performance. One way to cultivate more happiness at work is to plan for it. Develop habits that get your workday off to the right start, and you’ll see greater happiness throughout the day, and week.

Have a Nightly Routine

Nothing gets your day off on the wrong foot like rushing around in the morning. Taking the time the night before to organize what you need for the next day can help avoid this morning rush and let you start your day centered. Create a nightly routine. Choose your clothes for the next day, set up your coffee maker, pack your lunch. Take time to place the things you will need for work the next day into your briefcase or bag. 

Get Sufficient Sleep 

Sleep deprivation is bad for your mental, emotional, and physical health. It’s hard to feel productive, happy, and positive when you’re exhausted. Making sure that you get enough quality sleep per night is one step you can take to help prepare yourself to be happier and healthier. 

Steps to Quality Sleep:

• Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, including weekends.

• Have a nightly routine that prepares you for bed: shower, brush your teeth, pray or meditate, etc.

• Put away the electronic devices at least 2 hours before bedtime.

• Make your bedroom a sanctuary. 

Until next time ...


Sheryl Tuchman, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

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