Wednesday, February 3, 2021

February 3rd - Air Out Your Bed - Myrrhmade Love Where You Are Challenge Day 3!

 February 3rd - Welcome to day 3 of the Myrrhmade Love Where You Are Challenge! 

Come on in and join us!

 Day 3: Air Out Your Bed

Daily Challenge: Air Out Your Bed
(and start a habit of doing it every morning!)

I'm not going to get into the argument about whether or not you should make your bed. If you're interested, here are the results from about five minutes of searching for arguments on both sides:

What just about every one of these articles DOES agree on, is that you should air out your bed. 

What is airing out your bed? 

After you get up in the morning, flop your blankets and top sheet back over the foot of your bed, and let your bed air out for an hour or so. 

After you've gotten dressed, had a little bit of breakfast or your morning beverage routine, come back in and make your bed - or don't! 

Our bodies give off moisture and other less pleasant things while we sleep. Warm moist environments are a favorite breeding environment of all kinds of undesirable things, not least of which is dust mites. Personally, I'm not worried about dust mites, but I have noticed that "clean sheets feeling" lasts a lot longer and that my bed feels better when I get into it every night. 

Airing your bed allows your linens to dry, fresh air to work its magic, and your bed to breathe.

The ritual of tending to such a personal, private, and sacred place where we rest each night can add reverence to our self-care that adds to the richness of our lives. 

Fresh air impoverishes the doctor. - Danish Proverb

Some of the best medicines in the world are sunshine, fresh air, water, rest, nutritious food, and exercise. 

Daily Mindset Mantra: Simple steps add up to big results.

While it can be daunting to try and do all the things, if we start with simple habits such as airing out our beds each morning, we can steadily and steer our lives to more fulfillment and ease. Starting your day with basic habits of self-care sets the tone for the rest of your day. While the rest of the day may end up in a handbasket wondering where it's going, accomplishing small tasks and making a habit of doing them gives you some success to lean on right out of the gate.

" can change what you have in your head, you can refresh what you’re thinking about, you can put some fresh air in your brain.” – Ernesto Bertarelli

Bonus task: While airing out your bed, open up the bedroom window for a couple minutes.

While you don't want to pay for heat pouring out the window, refreshing the air for just a couple minutes will improve your air quality. If you close the window before the temperature or the things in your room starts to drop, you'll barely notice the heat loss.

My experience:

I can't recall where I first came across the concept of airing out your bed - it was in some old fashioned-type book where the female protagonist did it as a matter of course while she went and performed her ablutions. As it was not a practice I grew up with or and I can't recall it being a habit of any of my grandparents, I was curious to know more. After doing a little reading (such as the links above) I was a convert and have done it ever since. 

Some mornings when someone little climbs in bed with me, flopping the covers back with our legs marks the transition in a fun way allowing us to move into our day in a connected way. 

What do you think? Do you air out your bed? 

Do you make your bed?  On which side of the bedmaking debate are you? 

I sort of do a hybrid, I unflop and straighten out my sheets, thermal cotton blanket, and down comforters. Each time I wash my sheets and get everything tucked in, it takes me a little bit to get everything arranged how I like it. I like things tucked at the bottom and loose at the top. This way I can get the benefit of a visually pleasing and uplifting bedroom environment with the comfort and ease of getting into a bed just the way I like it. 

Make sure to check back here tomorrow for the next challenge, the next tips, and the next dose of the Myrrhmade Love Where You Are Challenge.

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