Being an adult is like one massive test that no one knows the answers to. We have all of these things we have to manage every day and there’s no instruction manual to tell us if we are right or wrong. The good news is that we have a lot of freedom and we do have the power to determine how our life plays out, and today we are going to talk about some of the things you should do as an adult for a better life.
A smile can say more than a thousand words. If you can smile throughout your day no matter what the small inconveniences maybe you will be happier overall. The act of smiling releases positive chemicals into our body and if we can smile at times when we would normally be stressed or anxious it can make a massive difference to our mood. Plus, for the people around you, it will make them happier and more at ease so it will be easier for you to make get friendships.
- Work hard, play hard
We are taught all the way through school and college that hard work and getting a good job is the most important thing in life, but it isn’t the only thing which is crucial in our lives to allow us happiness. As much as you should work hard to achieve your goals in life, you should balance this out by playing hard and enjoying every single second you have on this planet. Our lives are too short to waste and if you can enjoy every day you will live a much fuller life.
- Learn to cook
Cooking is a skill which every adult needs to learn at some point in their life. Even if you have a partner who does all of the cooking for you, it is a skill you need to learn because it fulfills one of our most basic needs. Also, what would happen tomorrow if you were left alone with no one there to help you? You can start with the basics and maybe even take a cooking class because this can be a great way to learn the skill firsthand in a room with others like you.
- Get up and about
Exercise is something which you either love or your hate, and it is likely that you fall into the latter category. The idea of going to the gym and working out for hours on end isn’t a fun one but you don’t have to visit a gym to stay fit. Go for a walk, have a bike ride or visit your local pitch and play football with your friends. Any activity is a good activity and it will allow you to stay fit and strong throughout your life.
- Find balance and wellness
Staying balanced in your life and looking after your mind as well as your body is crucial for a happy life. How many times have you been so stressed at work that it made you ill? This is no way to live life and you need to find a balance of what you want to do and what you need for your body. Every month you should take at least one or two days where you do absolutely nothing. Lounge around the house and do whatever you feel like. These days are to balance and calm the mind and allow you to rest and refresh. It can be just what you need to stay healthy throughout your life.
- Save up
Money isn’t everything, but it does count for a lot. Unfortunately, money makes the world go around and we all need money to make sure we can have the best life possible. This could mean saving your money into a pension, saving it for a house or having an emergency fund for when life throws challenges at you. Make sure you take the time to save up each month even if it’s only a few dollars because it can make all the difference when you need it the most.
- Treat yourself
Now and again we all deserve a treat. It could be that dress you’ve been eyeing up for weeks in the store, a cheat meal to give you a break from the diet, or a date night with your love. A treat can be a great pick me up now and again and it is something which you should indulge in because after all if you can’t treat yourself why do you work so hard?
- Get life insurance
Life insurance might seem like something you don’t need to do for a long while, however, the younger you sign up the more money you can set aside for your family when they need it the most. You can learn more about life insurance online and find a plan which is cheap to suit you, and this can give you a massive peace of mind that if anything ever happened to you your family would be safe.
- Get a pet
Is there really any good reason not to get a pet? Whether it be a dog, cat, rabbit, turtle or even a snake… pets are great additions to the family and before you have kids they can provide a good way to practice how to look after another living thing. A pet can be the best companion you ever have and they will be your best friend throughout your life. They can encourage you to get fit, make friends and be more confident and responsible.
- Go somewhere alone
It might seem like an odd one to put on the list, however, the ability to be totally independent and at one with ourselves is something we all need. How much time do you actually spend alone? Apart from your commute to and from work, when are you truly on your own with no one else next to you? It can be a great character building exercise to go out for dinner alone or visit a museum on your own. You’ll learn who you really are and it can change your outlook on life.
- Learn a new hobby
If you are feeling as if you do nothing but work and sleep, it might be time to try your hand at something new by taking up a hobby. There are lots of ideas for hobbies out there including things like painting, pottery, archery… take your pick and try something you’ve never tried before. It can be a great way to see where your skills lie in life and it could open up a whole new world for you.
- Change your career
Everyone needs a career for stability and money, but just because you need a career doesn’t mean you have to stay in one which you hate. It is so important to remember that life is more than your job and a career can be a stressful thing to have. Make sure that if you are going to go through the stress of a career that it is worth it. Choose something you enjoy and something which makes you want to get out of bed in the morning. It might take some trial and error to find it but when you do it will be more than worth it.
- Stop comparing yourself
The most toxic habit we have as human beings is to constantly look at other people and compare ourselves to them. We are all unique people and it is so crucial that we remember every single day that there is only one of us in the world and we shouldn’t be trying to be someone else. Put down your Instagram feed and do something else. Stop thinking that someone else’s idea of perfect is what you need to be.
- Find confidence
Confidence comes hand in hand with loving ourselves and we need to be able to find confidence in our lives to be truly happy and to achieve more. Practice making small talk with people say yes to more opportunities and this will help you to gain the confidence you need to be successful in life. You can even take up extra work or try and move somewhere new to show yourself what you are really capable of and this can make a big difference to your confidence.
- Love hard, and be loved
Love is what truly makes the world go round and Love is the medicine we all need each and every day to make us feel valued and happy. Make sure you love everyone you meet and show them how important they are to you. Leave toxic relationships in search of new ones and make sure that you get the love you deserve too. Everyone should have a chance to be loved and it is important that you gain the confidence to be able to leave when things get bad and love is no longer there. Find true love and hold on tight.