Connect to the World from the bed


One kind of self-care called “bed Rotting”

A new trend on TikTok right now is “Bed Rotting,” a term that is gaining popularity among young people. The term describes spending all day in bed of one’s own volition, and people on TikTok are posting videos of themselves in bed with the hashtag “#bedrot” as they scroll through social media or eat on their beds.

“This sounds like a bit of a backlash against the health, wellness, and self-care trends we hear about all the time. It suggests that people are a little fed up with clean living.”

So advocates psychologist Audrey Tan. In recent years, our daily lives have been awash with self-care practices that promote health and enhance productivity. Young people who have grown tired of such “optimization” in their lives are slowing down, listening to their bodies, and choosing to stay lazy in bed and rest in pursuit of “counter-productivity”.

According to psychologist Robert Common, this trend is seen as a way for young people to cope with stress and anxiety” They are said to be more stressed than other generations, so getting away from it all in bed and refreshing their moods is an important opportunity for them.

The folks at TikTok are transmitting Bed Rotting as a new self-care approach. They are connecting with the world from their beds. In this newsletter, we will highlight examples of unique ways to connect with the world, like Bed Rotting.

‘Bed Rotting’: What Is This New TikTok Generation Z Self-Care Trend (Forbes)

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