Being an adult is hard, there I said it, but it is true. Anyone who tells you that growing up and being a mature, responsible adult is easy is lying to you. But fear not because not all of being an adult has to be scary. So to help you out I have made a list of what I consider to be the top 5 things you need to start doing to actually consider yourself an adult. Once you have these 5 things down you would be surprised what else will just fall into place over time.
- Budgeting: Finances. No one likes them, ok some people like them I guess, but the majority of us are not too keen on finances or budgeting. But I have to tell you that establishing a budget, and learning to take control of your finances is a crucial part of adulthood. You really need to learn how to manage your money appropriately, so that you can not only pay your bills, but start to save for your future.
- Self Care: Part of becoming an adult is becoming responsible for your own health, and a huge part of taking care of yourself and maintaining your health is practicing self care. Self care essentially refers to anything whether luxury or practical that you do to sustain yourself. It can be anything from a relaxing bubble bath to doing your taxes. Both of which are essential. As adults we often get so caught up in other things that we forget to take care of ourselves, so making the conscious effort to take time out of your day for yourself is so important.
- Cooking: Again a huge part of being an adult is being out on your own. More likely than not you have moved out of your parents place (no shame if you haven’t), and are in a place of your own. When you live alone it can be easy to get in the habit of going out to eat or ordering food in, because let’s face it cooking for one and eating alone (if you live by yourself) are no fun. But learning to cook can not only save you money, but it is just a useful skill to have in general, so I highly recommend learning a few key recipes that you can cook for yourself anytime you need to.
- Relationships: This one may seem like an odd thing to have on this list, but hear me out. A huge part of growing up is realizing what relationships in your life are healthy and sustainable, and which ones aren’t. You will discover who your real friends are, and often drift away from people that you no longer have anything in common with. But it is important to ensure that you are not only establishing boundaries in your relationships, but that they are healthy and mutual relationships.
- Establish A Routine: Lastly I cannot stress establishing some sort of a routine enough. Gone are the days of college when you could get up at noon if you wanted, and you could schedule your life so you had no 8am classes. As an adult setting a routine helps to decrease stress, stay productive, stay healthy, and accomplish more, so I highly recommend giving yourself even a simple morning routine to help you out.
If you have any tips or tricks on how to “adult” feel free to comment below or send me a message, I would love to hear from you.