After having to wake up early in the morning to a blaring alarm, chances are that you won't want to have to do anything else, much less make your bed. From "I'm too tired" to "I don't have time" to "what's the point", you've probably been guilty of using one of these excuses to get out of making your bed in the morning. These excuses are pretty ironic though, since most of us are probably guilty of spending at least half an hour or so on our phones every morning, to catch up on all the events (or lack thereof) that might have happened on social media while we were asleep. All it takes is 5 minutes to make your bed every morning (this is a rounded up figure, so it'll probably take an even shorter amount of time), and to be able to enjoy some surprising benefits from doing so!
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1. Starts your day off on the right foot
Making your bed might seem like a small task, but getting it done at the beginning of the day can do wonders to help you start the day off on the right foot. Completing this task helps you to tick off the first task of the day, giving you a sense of pride and accomplishment, encouraging you to complete all the other tasks for the day. Tackling this small task on your daily to-do list can thus help to make it significantly easier for you to move onto to working on your next tasks.
2. Encourages better decision making
Making your bed made at the beginning of the day serves to help to kickstart a chain of other good decisions throughout the day. Whether it's being more productive at work, or making the mindful choice to exercise or eating healthily, making your bed has been demonstrated to encourage better decision making. At the end of the day, you'll certainly feel more accomplished and pleased with yourself, contributing to better overall well-being.
3. Encourages you to maintain the tidiness of your whole room
Regardless of how well organised and well decorated your bedroom looks, it's bound to look less tidy with an unmade bed. On the other hand, when your bed is made, it helps to create the illusion of a more tidy space, and one that would convince your friends and family that you have your life together. Additionally, getting in the habit of making your bed can also encourage you to organise your room, so that the whole room looks more organised and put together!
4. Lowers your stress levels
On average, we spend at least a third of our lives in our bedroom. It thus makes sense that the appearance of your room can have an effect on your mood and overall well-being. Staying in a room that's untidy and cluttered can make it difficult to feel calm and relaxed, potentially increasing your stress levels. A properly made bed, on the other hand, can serve to reduce the visual mess in your bedroom, allowing you to feel a sense of calmness and peace, effectively lowering your stress levels.
Additionally, research conducted by Gretchen Rubin, author of “The Happiness Project", suggests that one of the most common simple changes that can lead to greater levels of happiness is to get in the habit of making the bed each morning. So what are you waiting for? Start making your bed now!
5. Improves your sleep
As the saying goes, "a cluttered space is a cluttered mind." Thus, when your bedroom is messy and untidy, you're probably going to find it more challenging to wind down to go to bed, leaving you feeling as though you barely got any rest when you wake up.
By making your bed in the morning, you'll thus be able to create a space that's conducive for relaxing, and one that will help to lower your stress levels, consequentially allowing you to to enjoy better quality sleep. In fact, this benefit of making your bed has been proven in a poll conducted by the American National Sleep Foundation, which found that people who make their bed every morning are 19 % more likely to have a good night’s sleep, every single night. So if you're currently always waking up feeling like you didn't get sufficient rest, it might be a good idea to start getting into the habit of making your bed every morning!