How much do you love your bed? It’s waiting for you when you come back home from work with open arms and it’s so comfortable. Without our beds, we wouldn’t be able to function like we normally do daily.
Your bed is a place where your body gets to heal, it’s a place where you get to close your eyes and think about absolutely anything you want to. What makes our beds even more special than they already are is the ability to produce dreams.
Having dreams lets us know that our life is real, without dreams, we’re not able to wake up and know that we’re alive. You should be striving to make your bed every day, it’s a good habit to build. It’s also one of those habits that don’t take very long to develop.
But, just like any other habit you had to build in the past, this one is going to require some work. When you hear that it may require some work you may immediately be turned off from the habit.
Give this process a second thought, this is a habit that has the ability to change your life for the better. It allows you to be more relaxed in the morning and it gives you something to look forward to when you wake up. Depending on the size of your bed, it may take longer for you to make your bed if it is large compared to a smaller twin-size bed.
Despite how big your bed is, once building the habit, it becomes easy over time. Don’t you like to come home to a freshly new bed? When your bed isn’t made it gives you immediate stress for some reason?
Start doing yourself a favor and start making your bed. It will not only give your eyes pleasure but it will make you a more positive person knowing that you keep your life in order when it comes to your rest. Rest is important, it’s what allows us to recharge our batteries for the next day ahead. Stop taking your bed for granted and make it look presentable, not only for others but for yourself too.
Getting Your Brain Working Early
What do you usually do when you wake up? As a matter of fact, what is the very first thing that you do once your eyes are open? If you’re anything like I used to be then you probably check your phone when first waking up.
I don’t blame you, who doesn't want to wake up to a phone full of notifications with seeing people who liked your picture from Instagram and seeing your favorite Youtuber upload a new video.
Then, you also have the breaking news, your group chats with friends, and of course the weather outside. All of these things may feel like they’re necessary to check in the morning but they can actually keep you in bed for longer than you expected.
You’re preventing yourself from starting your day off peacefully. When you wake up and make your bed, you’re first doing yourself a favor by actually getting out of bed.
Once you’re out of bed, then your day is officially started and you cant go back. The only thing you should be going back to your bed for is to journal or read a few pages of a good book. Other than that, your bed should be getting some tender love and care with freshly folded blankets and the right placements of pillows.
You were probably told as a kid constantly to make your bed from your guardians, but as you got older you stopped having that voice in your ear. The option is totally up to you now, with this option you should think about the consequences of not making your bed versus the benefits from it.
Making your bed will cause you to actually think and put your mind to work. It gets your brain cells active and you’re actually problem-solving without even realizing it.
Your brain is naturally the most efficient in the morning so make it even more efficient with the process of making your bed. This technique also helps you think about your goals, it reminds you of the good habits you have to do (like making your bed) in order to achieve your goals and become a better version of your current self.
Starting Your Day Off Productive
The reason why you probably struggle to be productive throughout the day is that you start your mornings off unproductive. If you don’t like getting straight to work in the morning, an easy way to change that is by making your bed.
Start off with baby steps if this really feels like a hassle to do every day. First, try organizing your pillows every morning, once you get into the habit of doing that start folding your blankets after every day, and before you know it you're making your bed with ease every day.
Starting your day off on a productive note like that helps you to get into the zone early. Usually, it probably takes all your day to actually get into the zone and start your work, whether you work from home or actually go to work.
Avoid those slow starts by making your bed. The hardest part about making your bed is getting out of your bed to do it. Once you’re able to have the willpower and mindset to be productive then this will get easy over time as well.
If you want to feel better about yourself in the morning and you want to be more productive, then making your bed is a good start. Once you start making your bed consistently, you will seek out other morning rituals to implement into your morning routine like meditation and stretching.
Use the art of making your bed to build a structure for a good morning routine. Being productive every day can be hard but when making your bed it becomes easier to do.
Making your bed makes everything easier, you’re not afraid to let people come into your room and you let yourself smile when you see that your bed is made after a long day of work. Making your bed requires a certain amount of focus and this focus gets better and better over time.
The Most Therapeutic Minute of Your Day
Your day-to-day is probably always hectic in some way or some form but that's understandable. Even if you don’t have a lot of time to relax during the week and you’re constantly dealing with mayhem, take a minute in the morning to make your bed.
Once you’re focused on making your bed for one minute, everything else goes away. Even though it’s only for one minute, it's a good stress reliever. Your day may get back to being stressful after that minute is over but you’re able to approach the day in a calmer manner than normal.
You get to choose how you want to start your day, even with as many obstacles you may have going on in your life, you have the option to be calm or angry.
Making your bed is a better way to be calmer, it gives you a minute a day to breathe and do something that is good for your mind. See how long you can go without not making your bed, set a goal, and reward yourself when you truly do meet that goal.
Be reasonable with yourself in the morning and make your bed. This is not something you have to do, it’s something you get to do. I’ll leave you with a quote from Admiral McRaven that says
“That obstacle course is going to beat you every time unless you start taking some risks.”