Bed Rotting- A Trend Among Gen Z and Its Effects on Mental Health
‘Bed Rotting,’ which is gaining popularity on TikTok, is a new trend that involves prolonged periods of staying in bed not to sleep, but to engage in passive activities such as scrolling social media or watching shows and movies. This trend is particularly popular among Generation Z who are experiencing burnout from work, school, family responsibilities, or social commitments. While bed rotting can offer temporary respite, it becomes a matter of concern if extended for a long period of time.
The Effects on Mental Health
While it is okay to take a weekend or a few days off to relax at home and catch up on shows and social media. And many experts agree that it is important to indulge in self-care to manage stress and recharge your batteries. However, it becomes an issue when you do this frequently and for long periods. When “bed rotting” becomes a habitual behaviour, it can mean that the person is no longer just recharging their batteries but rather exhibiting depression or other mental health issues. By choosing to bed rot, you are isolating yourself from friends and family, and in doing so you increase the likelihood of developing many mental health issues.
Spending days in bed can also take a toll on your physical health. By being in bed for days you are not getting much movement in. Research shows that doing any form of exercise can boost endorphins, (your brain’s happy chemicals), and help fight off anxiety and depression.
Alternative Healthy Behaviours
- Working out solo, or with friends
- Participating in creative activities such as writing, painting or playing music
- Seeing friends
- Getting outside
- Taking a social media break
- Breathing exercises
Leading an isolated life is not practical in the long run. While it feels good to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, getting into the habit of doing it often can only lead to mental health issues. While it is essential to indulge in self-care from time to time, it is important to do so in moderation. Spending a weekend catching up on shows, games, and social media and ignoring the rest of the world is okay, and can even be great for mental health. The problem is when people isolate themselves every day for long periods. Finding a good balance between recharging your batteries when you feel overwhelmed and finding healthy activities is key to maintaining good mental health. You don’t need to give up binge-watching weekends completely, just remember to take care of all of you, mind and body.
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