"Making your bed every morning" might sound like a simple chore, but did you know it's a secret to starting your day right? This seemingly small task holds powerful benefits for your mental well-being, productivity, and overall happiness. Almost 10 years ago I became friendly with a woman who was a Feng Shui Coach. She was full of amazing little life lessons that your personal space creates for you. One of my biggest take aways was I needed to make my bed. And here is why. According to Feng Shui when you leave your bed messy, it can cause you to muddle through the rest of your day. That struck me hard. I didn't want to MUDDLE through my day. I wanted to SLAY my DAY! So I began my journey to making my bed no matter what. Here are some powerful reasons why this small task can have such a huge impact on your mindset.
1. Sense of Achievement: Starting Your Day with Success
Making your bed is more than a chore; it's a step towards achieving daily success. It's part of an effective morning routine that sets a positive tone for the rest of your day. This act of discipline ensures that no matter what the day brings, you've already accomplished a crucial task.
2. A Tidy Space for a Focused Mind; The Organizational Benefits
A neatly made bed revolutionizes your bedroom's ambiance, promoting a sense of organization and calm. This can significantly reduce stress and anxiety, as a cluttered environment often leads to a cluttered mind. An organized bedroom is a stepping stone to increased productivity and better focus.
3. Better Sleep Quality: The Comfort of a Well-Made Bed
There's nothing quite like the comfort of slipping into a well-made bed. This nightly ritual can greatly enhance your sleep quality, making your sleeping more inviting and conductive to rest.
4. Building Good Habits: The Ripple Effect of a Made Bed
Making your bed every morning is a "keystone habit" that can initiate a series of other productive behaviors. This simple task can be the catalyst for adopting healthier habits, like exercise or balanced eating.
5. Happiness and Mental Well-Being: The Psychological Impact
Achieving regular, quality sleep is linked to increased happiness and better mental health. Making your bed can be a step towards improving your overall well-being.
I can testify that all of the above are real. It's been my habit for almost 10 years now. I rarely forget and when I do I feel it. William H. McRaven, retired US Navy four-star admiral said the following:
"If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another. And, if by chance you have a miserable day, you will come home to a bed that is made-that you made-and a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better."