Bed-rotting: a sign that you’re not coping?

It has nothing to do with dirty sheets or sleeping in an unmade bed. Instead, it’s all about leaving the world behind.

It seems that Gen Z loves coming up with new words that explain situations that many generations have experienced before. Just think about the word ‘situationship’ and how it’s being used to describe a state of being with someone that’s neither fully nor formally established in their relationship…

Think about the beige flags in online dating trend, or even zombieing. New? I don’t think so. Well, the latest of these words is ‘bed-rotting’, which basically refers to someone choosing to stay in bed for prolonged periods while avoiding anything and everything that’s happening in their lives and the wider world.

Honestly, we can’t say we blame them. Between the impending threat of climate change, war, increases in the cost of living, and rude co-workers, there are many times we just want to shut the whole world out. 

Even so, psychologists speaking about bed-rotting noted that this new ‘trend’ among young people could be the result of two things. On the one hand, life can be stressful and tiresome, so sometimes we all need a day to recharge our batteries. On the other, bed-rotting could be a sign of underlying mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety.

The advice we found is that there is nothing wrong with taking some much-needed time off life and indulging in some bed-rotting, but it’s important to know why you’re doing it. 

So, the question to ask yourself before you bed-rot is: am I in bed because I’m physically tired and need some rest, or am I finding things too much to deal with, resulting in a desire to leave life behind? 

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