Do you leave the house without making your bed in the morning? Do you feel the status of your bed displays your current mood?
A recent survey by Hunch.com revealed that of a survey of 68,000 people, 59% DO NOT make their bed daily, while 27 % do. The remaining 12% pay someone to do it.
The state of your bed is the state of your head.
In a world where life can easily feel out of control, the simple act of making a bed can easily help one feel accomplished. For clients who struggle with depression, I often encourage them to begin making their bed each day as a visual reminder they have completed a task. However, this act can be beneficial for anyone. Visual clutter or disorder can easily impact our emotional state. If one has a difficult day and returns home to a cluttered house or bedroom, the prevailing mood can be enhanced. Returning home to a made bed can present a feeling of accomplishment and calm. There have been times in my life when I realized the days I was not making my bed were times when I was struggling with an issue emotionally. Making my bed began to help me feel more in control of my emotions.
Within the Hunch.com survey, 71% of bedmakers state they are happy while 62% state they are unhappy. Bed makers are more likely to enjoy their jobs, have regular workout routines and report high quality sleep. Non bedmakers generally report feeling more tired, have less satisfaction with their jobs and do not work out as often. Of course, these factors could only be correlations but it is something to consider.
Still not sure you want to make your bed everyday?
Research also shows that focusing upon one simple task (let’s be honest – making a bed is easy), the improvement will likely spread to other habits such as eating better or working out. Perhaps this could help you with those 2016 goals and resolutions.
Today I challenge you to begin a week of making your bed. Make note of how you feel after you have completed the task and how you feel when you come home in the evening. Does the task take as long as you feel it does or are you simply rushing out of the room without considering it important?
What are your thoughts on making your bed everyday?