Don’t Forget to Make Your Bed!

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“What’s the point if we’re just going to get back into it later?”

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This is the usual counter argument from a new boyfriend that discovers my little morning habit.A� I can see both sides of the coin.A� Why make a bed when it’s only get to get unmade at the end of the evening.A� The flip side?A� It’s a fluff of the pillows and a shake of the doona (duvet if you’re in the UK) and the task is done.A� Two minutes max.

But why?A� For years my mum used to nag my brother and I to make our beds.A� We would head back up the stairs, grumbling, drag the duvet back into place before heading off to school.A� Leaving home liberated me from this mundane drudgery and I would feel gloriously naughty leaving my bed unmade.A� Apart from the odd occasion when I brought home a boy and had to quickly straighten the bed, hide my grubby t-shirt and stuffed toy it all went well.

In 2004 I attended a weekend in North Sydney run by a friendly group of people called ISA cheap pills .A� At the time I was recovering from a bitter break up and while my career was taking off I felt distinctly unsettled and ungrounded.A� Over that weekend we all participated in various activities designed to tap into our inner confidence and strength.A� There was no fire walking or falling trust games but one particular seminar left a lasting impression on me.

Make Your Bed!A� Always. generic propecia us mastercard

The philosophy behind it goes something like this.A� Starting the day with a tick on the scoreboard sets the tone of the day.A� It doesn’t matter whether the rest of it goes to shit, you accomplished something. There’s also something reassuring about seeing a made bed.A� Pulling back the covers at bed time and climbing in is a definitive action, like drawing a line under the day and saying “I’m done, tomorrow’s another day”.

Whether it was the familiarity of the instruction from years gone by or the philosophy behind it, I have made my bed ever since.

Ten years on and this daily ritual is a key part of my battle against depression.A� For those in the know, getting out of bed can be the hardest part of the day.A� That transition from horizontal to vertical requires extraordinary strength; The physicality of moving flaccid muscles and preparing for combat against gravity is one of the true epic battles of the day ahead. As the brain engages and consciousness begins to scuffle for control over the unconscious mind I feel like I have already been awake for a week rather than one minute.A� Overdoing it or over doing it?A� It’s exhausting, trust me.

Once I am perpendicular to the floor (a small victory!), I make my bed.A� This task seems to activate an invisible force field around the bed.A� If this sounds like an over active imagination you’re probably right but it does stop me from crawling back into bed when the going gets tough.A� Well most of the time.

Last month naval Admiral William H. McRaven gave a talk to 8000 graduating students from the University of Texas.A� The talk was filmed and soon went viral and because it resonated with me, I posted it on my Facebook page Advanced Humanology.A� You see Admiral McRaven’s first life lesson is:

If you want to change the world, start off making your bed.”

“It’s a simple task.A� 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. By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter.A� If you cana��t do the little things right, you will never do the big things right.

And, if by chance you have a miserable day, you will come home to a bed that is made a�� that you made a�� and a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better. If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.”

This little lesson is a reminder that it IS the small things that count.A� The positive ones and the negative ones.A� A made bed may seem like a trivial thing to someone who leaps out of bed with a spring in their step each morning but for those of us not so blessed, we need all the help we can get!

And between you and me…… If the day does turn to shit there’s nothing like climbing into that made bed in the middle of the afternoon.A� ‘Coz when the going gets tough this little toughie……..

….goes back to bed!