Esteemable Acts: Making Your Bed

Making bed

One of the tasks that you will have to accomplish each day in rehab or at a sober living is making your bed. Ever wonder why making your bed is an essential duty to those in the recovery world? The chore itself is menial and effortless unless you toss and turn like a gymnast in your sleep. Plumping your pillow while straightening up your sheets and blankets only takes a couple of minutes to produce great results. The real question might be, what does getting sober from drugs and alcohol have to do with making a bed?

The Correlation

A made bed shows that you are ready to take on the day. A made bed also gets the first task of the day completed, which sets the standard for the rest of your day. If you tackle something as small as making the bed, you are more apt to reach even bigger goals. Recovery is all about accountability. If you make your bed after you wake, you are practicing responsibility first thing. You had many bad habits when you were in the throes of your addiction. Now in your recovery, you can begin to implement good practices that will affect you positively. 

The Benefit

The most apparent benefit of arranging your bed is that your bed is obvious: tidiness. Having a visual appeal to your room will help you to get to sleep faster without having a sloppy mess to jump into. The best benefit of a made bed is having an orderly bed that can carry over into your recovery. Rest is an essential part of recovery, so having everything arranged beforehand means that you can focus on sleep rather than staying up longer to fix your bed for your slumber. You will be primed for a good night’s sleep in preparation for an even better tomorrow. 

“The state of your bed is the state of your head” is a quote that makes sense if you really think about it. Since addiction affects the brain, doing whatever you can to make things organized “up there” will positively influence your recovery in the long run. Retraining your mind can start with easy tasks like making your bed to improve your attitude and mood. Maybe you like a messy bed, but try making your bed for a week or so and see how you feel. The outcome may provide exactly what your recovery needs to prevail. Simple actions can produce massive growth in your recovery and create self-esteem by doing nice things for yourself. 

The Detox Center of Colorado wants to get you set up with a toolkit that you can utilize to combat your drug and alcohol addiction. Valiant fosters connection, encouraging clients to get connected to themselves, their peers, their families, and their higher power through evidence-based therapy options and Colorado’s endless adventure. With a full range of recovery and mental health services, we offer comprehensive and individualized care  to enrich our clients’ lives. Call us today to get started in your recovery: (303) 952-5035 


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