by: Luz Dayrit, PT, DPT
Due to the rising cases of COVID-19, we are trading our fast-paced lifestyle in the outside world to a slow and reserved lifestyle inside our own home. The idea of staying at home for weeks seemed bearable when the authorities first mandated for us to do it. Its been months living in this condition that we are realizing how difficult it is to stay indoors. Staying at home for weeks with no sunlight and connection from the outside world can make people feel unmotivated and depressed. This is complicated by more anxiety due to negative reports of rising death, unemployment, and economic downturn. With everything that is going on with the world today, people cannot be blamed if they do not feel as optimistic and productive as they want to be. This is a scary time for everybody and there are more important things in people’s minds than making their bed in the morning.
Experts, on the other hand, suggest thinking differently about making our bed in the morning. They states that making our bed in the morning is more than just a household chore and can inspire productivity at this moment of quarantine. Making our bed may not be everyone's idea of motivation, but unknown to a lot of people, it helps us sets our subconscious to have an efficient productive day. According to Navy Seal William H. McCraven in a commencement speech that he gave to the graduates of the University of Texas in 2014:
"If you want to change the world, start by making your bed. 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 by the end of the day that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed".