'Bed rotting' is taking over TikTok, because it's cool to be gross this summer

Been burning the candle at both ends? Give yourself a break, babes. Everyone’s into ‘bed rotting’ now anyway.

On TikTok, the term bed rotting has over 220 million views and, while it isn’t necessarily a new concept, the so-called trend is proving popular among gen Z.

For anyone not in the know, bed rotting is essentially just lying in bed and doing whatever you want – eating, scrolling, reading, daydreaming, etc – for as long as you see fit. 

A bit like ‘rat girl summer’, ‘goblin mode’ and ‘crust days,’ it’s all about sticking two fingers up to societal expectations and being your laziest, grossest, most satisfied self.

Girls just wanna have fun #lazygirl #adhd #inbedrotting #bedsore #ilovemybed #couchdiaries #layingdown #vegging #veggingout #nightin #relaxing #hategoingout #selfcare

While ‘rotting’ in bed is by no means radical, many are championing it as an act of self-care.

‘I guess it’s a new form of regrouping,’ explained licensed counsellor Tammy Foster-Harban in a video about the trend. 

‘Rotting is a way that Generation Zers prefer to take care of their self-care.’

She continued: ‘Apparently it’s good for your mental health and your physical health.

‘It’s laying in your bed, rotting and staying here as long as you want – as long as you’re regrouping.’

#inbedrotting #bedrot #regrouping #genz #physicalhealth #mentalhealth

While I think we can all agree that too much bed rot can do more harm than good, it’s undoubtedly a great way to recharge your social battery. 

Bed rotting is a chance to relinquish all responsibility and bask in the joy of doing whatever you want, even if it isn’t productive. 

Bed rotting 101 should be a course in college. #LifeHack #bedrot #bedrotting #bed #bedroomtok #sleepscientist #fyp

As TikToker Rea Michelle said on her own video about bed rot: ‘We have been conditioned to be productive members of society for so long, sometimes you just wanna lay in bed and do nothing.’ 

On TikTok, bed rotting is a form of anti-productivity and anti-optimisation, and, tbqh, we’re here for it.

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