How many of us get up in the morning, rush out of bed, and juggle our thermos and breakfast in hand out the door? If you are like me, perhaps you have also neglected the unruly state of your bed, thinking "what's the big deal? No one will notice if I make it!" After reading Admiral William McRaven's book, "Make Your Bed: Little Things that Change Your Life ... And Maybe The World," I am beginning to question my old and troubling habit.
McRaven explains how making your bed every morning can have a significant impact on your well-being, mental discipline, and behaviour throughout the remainder of the day. As a Navy SEAL, a normal day for Admiral McRaven would begin at 7:30 in the morning. From 7:30 to 9, he would do intense physical training fostering a sense of routine and discipline for most of his career. He suggests that making the bed is a similar sense of discipline;
"Its the same in the sense that you're going to get up and do something, but it's an easy task to undertake. You roll out of bed, you just put your bed, you make it straight ... You get it right too. It's not just about kind of throwing the covers over the pillow. It's about making your bed right and walking away and going, 'OK, thats good. That looks good. I'm, as simple as it sounds, I'm proud of this little task I did. And that is really what I think sets the tone for the rest of the day."
Still not convinced on taking the time to make your bed? Here are some other great pros:
- BEHAVIOURAL ACTIVATION - When you walk out of your bedroom knowing that you have achieved this simple task, you will be more inclined to complete a host of other tasks. At the end of your workday, perhaps you'll have accomplished more rooted in the simple act of making your bed.
- MINDFULNESS - Making your bed can be a great mindfulness activity. When we implement mindfulness, we establish an excellent opportunity for mind-body connection; a way to set the tone for the day.
- IMPROVED SLEEP - In a poll conducted by the National Sleep Foundation, a correlation was discovered between making the bed and better quality sleep. Individuals or couples that made their bed "every day" or "almost every day" reported better sleep in comparison to those who "rarely" or "never" make their bed.
From the cultivation of mental discipline, to accentuating your bedroom's aesthetics and tidiness, there are several reasons as to why you should be making your bed on a daily basis. Consider making this act a part of your daily morning practice.
McRaven, William. Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life ... And Maybe the World! New York City, NY: Grand Central Publishing, 2017.
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