Updated: Sep 29, 2022
Written by: Asa Floyd Published: 9/21/22
'Be Inspired To' - Get out of Bed in the Morning
This week I would like to talk about the effects of staying in bed for too long. Personally, when I was at my lowest, I would only want to stay in bed as much as I could – in as dark of a room as possible. It was my cave. However, the difference I have noticed mentally when I have got out of bed as soon as I hear my alarm is drastic. Everyone is different, you will learn things that work for you that do not make you depressed. For me, I knew in the morning I had to get out of bed right away and start my day to be mentally stable. Now, I do not even close my shades at night because I do not want to be in a dark room when I wake up, where I feel as if I want to stay in bed.
Over the past month, I noticed that I have stayed in bed 2-3 times till about 11am and my anxiety has skyrocketed while I was in bed and for an hour or so after those days. The other 27 days, I have lived by the 5,4,3,2,1 rule Mel Robbins lives by. After being introduced to this exercise by my mother about a year ago, I began doing it as well, and never stopped. Its purpose is the following: No matter how worked up you are, no matter how depressed you are, a minute or two after you wake up, countdown from five then spring out of bed and complete a task. It gives you a sense of accomplishment to start your day (will go more into this in next week's Be Inspired), which will then make you complete another and another. It is a really beneficial way to create no excuses to stay in bed and to get up and be proactive.
Another way to get out of bed in the morning is to put your alarm on the other side of the room, so you are forced to get up and begin your day. Just be sure – to NOT get back in bed, no matter how tempting it is.
All in all, everyone needs sleep, however, you need to get out of bed! Being in bed just with you and your thoughts when you are mentally struggling is not at all good for your mental health. Get out of bed, start your day and tell yourself it will be a good day, because IT WILL BE.
We are all here for you, you are not alone, never hesitate to reach out!