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On making your bed

Is it strange that your advice to start by making your bed brought tears to my eyes? Being suicidal is basically the most difficult thing I’ve had to live with (pun slightly intended) and the simplicity of that first step… it just hit home. Thank you.

It may seem simple, but making your bed is quietly one of the most important daily rituals a person can have. I promise, it will change your life. I know that sounds like hyperbole, but it’s not. Those of you who already do it know exactly what I mean.

First and foremost, making your bed forces you to get out of it. That’s not necessarily a small feat, especially if you’re suffering from depression. Not only are you out of bed, but you can’t get back in. It’s a line of demarcation that officially starts your day.

More than that, though, it’s a ceremonial act of respect for oneself. It’s a deliberate measure of control that you can always take, even when the rest of your life is complete and utter chaos.

Do it. Every damn morning. It only takes a minute, but it will have a cascading effect that subtly improves everything else about the rest of your day, right up to the moment when you get to crawl back in to a well made bed at night.

When I think of all the truly successful people I’ve known in my life, the ones who really have their shit together, all of them — every last one — routinely make their beds every single morning. This is not a coincidence.


2 thoughts on “On making your bed

  1. Eveamara says:

    I can personally vouch for this myself. Having suffered from depression as well. I began making my bed after watching a Navy Seal’s commencement speech on motivation. It starts your day of by accomplishing that first task. And if your day doesn’t go well, a least you come home to a made bed.

    His whole speech is on motivation. I highly recommend it.

  2. Clover says:

    Are you still active? I just came across this again after my mother shared it to me a while ago. It’s still something I read periodically to keep myself up mentally.

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