30 days of Stress Tips (day 16 - making your bed)
Posted on 8th June 2020 at 09:26
Making your bed
This is going to sound silly - how can just making your bed affect your stress levels? Well, it is said that one of the first signs of depression is not making your bed. When you feel like things aren't going your way it can be difficult to even get out of bed, let alone make it - what is the point in making the bed when no-one is coming around, you have nothing specific to do and are just going to sit around the house all day? While we are about it - what is the point in having a wash and getting dressed? See where this leads? Not good for stress levels and can feed feelings of lack of self worth. It seems that every time you look into the bedroom and see that messy bed it is a relection of your life, perhaps a lack of purpose and it can certainly lower your mood...
However, making your bed can have many psychological benefits. When staying in a hotel, one of the nicest things, I think, is coming back to a tidy room with a beautifully crisply made bed. Making your bed can also lead to greater productivity. In “The Power of Habit,” by Charles Duhigg. The author says that daily bed making becomes a keystone habit, something that kickstarts a chain of other good decisions throughout the day, and gives you a sense of taking charge. Making your bed can also make you happier. According to Gretchen Rubin, author of "The Happiness Project" during her research for the book, she found that one of the most common simple changes that led to happiness was learning to make the bed each morning.
Probably the best summing up of the reason to make your bed comes from Navy Seal William H. McCraven who stated during his commencement speech at the University of Texas, "Making your bed is a simple act with powerful consequences. To rise in the morning and complete the first task of the day will give you motivation to do more; to accomplish more. The bed also represents you. Few things in your home are more personal. Making your bed is a reflection of your discipline, your pride and your personal habits. If you can't get up in the morning and make your bed, what else are you incapable of doing? If you want to change the world, or just make yourself a little better, start off by making your bed."
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