12ish Tips on Getting Out of Bed



For someone with a mental illness, getting out of bed can be the hardest part of the day.

Often we find we just need some momentum to get us going and we’re fine. Well, maybe not fine, but at least going about our day. I’ve compiled a list of things I do or have done and should probably keep doing or at least know I should do to help me get out of bed in the morning. Or after I’ve passed back out after taking a shower. Or had a meal. Or gotten home from doing anything.

  1. Set an alarm across the room. This will force you to go turn it off.
    • Better yet, set another one in the bathroom and/or the kitchen to get you moving and in a more productive area.
      • Even better yet, set multiple alarm times throughout the day to help keep you from going back to sleep. Set these alarms on your phone, though, unless you know there are certain times you’re more prone to going back to bed.
    • Keep your phone across the room too so it doesn’t distract you into staying in bed longer.
  2. This goes against the research, so this is all just my own personal observation, but don’t use blackout curtains—or use one that opens on a timer if you can afford it or build it. The problem with blackout curtains is that when you wake up, your room still looks like it’s night time.You could also use a blackout curtain and a Himalayan salt lamp, I suppose, but I’ve never used one of these lamps. Let me know if you’ve used this method and how well it worked.
  3. Drink water. It will help wake you up, plus it’ll make you need to pee more which gives you an urgency to getting up that you can’t ignore.
    • Leave a bottle of water by your bed, not a glass. That stale, dusty taste that water has in the morning won’t be as bad.
  4. Stretch. It will wake your muscles up and send some feel goods to your brain.
  5. Peel the covers back one at a time. I don’t know about you, but the hardest part about getting out of bed is leaving the warmth of your bed. Taking the sheets off one at a time will help you adjust easier.
  6. On the wall facing you, post a positive reminder that getting up will be worth it. That today doesn’t have to suck.
    • You can also have a list of all the things you need to do that day (not recommended for people dealing with anxiety, since you’ve problem been freaking out over what you have to do since you woke up).
  7. If you DO deal with anxiety or ADHD, keep a notebook or planner at the foot of your bed, so you can prioritize what you have to do that day. This will get you to sit up to grab it, but you don’t have to leave the bed anxious or without a goal.You could also leave your to-do list in the bathroom.
  8. Put your “real person” clothes next to your bed the night before. This way, even if you skip the shower, putting on something other than pajamas is a little easier. You can put them on in bed.
    • The sneaky trick here is that on some days, you might get too frustrated to deal with changing your pants in bed.
  9. Tell yourself that you can do it. Say it out loud. “I can get out of bed. I am getting out of bed.” Be the person that could.
  10. Put a yoga mat on whatever side you get out of bed (for me it’s at the foot of my bed). The feeling of the mat under my feet helps remind me to stretch a little more and maybe even exercise.
  11. Once you get out of bed, take a shower, prepare and eat some breakfast, do some jumping jacks, anything that will keep you out of bed and doing something.
  12. If you’re going to nap, nap on the couch. It’s easier to get up from the couch and you’re less likely to sleep as long, at least in my experience.

Getting out of bed is hard, and that’s okay, your brain is putting you through even tougher stuff, but you can’t let it win the war. Losing a battle here and there is okay, life is exhausting, I get it. But the more you let yourself stay in bed all day, the easier it is to stay in bed every day—it’s a habit just like everything else. So, try to give yourself as many advantages as you can to developing the habit of getting out of bed and staying out of bed.


Turn your bed from a lover into a bootycall and only use it when you need to.

You got this. I believe in you.

Let me know down below if you have any more tips you’d like to see added to this list!


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