Adulting: 4 Important Ways To Take Care Of Yourself Out On Your Own
Adulting is a mixed bag. Of course, you have significantly more freedom to do what you want, but it comes at the price of having to pay all of your own bills, clean up after and care for yourself and manage all of your own affairs. When you first strike out on your own, it can be easy to forego some of the disciplines you may have had externally imposed on you because of your newfound freedom to do them or not do them. Letting go of good self-care, however, can be a costly mistake. Here are 4 ways you need to remember to take care of yourself once you are out on your own.
Eat a Healthy Diet
Since adulting requires that you will most likely be paying for your own food, it’s always going to be tempting to load up on junk food and quick, processed easy-to-prepare foods with little to no nutritional value. Doing so, however, can jeopardize your health in a number of ways. From robbing you of precious nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that can have serious long-term consequences, to causing weight gain (or loss) to having a significant effect on your moods and even mental health. Eating a healthy, balanced diet is one of the cornerstones of healthy living.
Maintain a Schedule
When there’s no one around telling you when to go to bed or when to get up, it can be easy to slip into the habit of staying up late, oversleeping or sleeping very sporadically. Our bodies love routine, however, so for optimal health and energy, you’ll do yourself a great number of favors by getting plenty of rest and going to bed and waking at roughly the same time every day. Maintaining a schedule will also help you get important things in like a good run or workout every day or several times a week.
Get Regular Dental and Health Checkups
Dental and healthcare are probably the two biggest disciplines associated with adulting that tend to fly out the window as soon as young people get out on their own. Ignoring these two critical tasks, however, can have serious long-term consequences. Getting regular dental and health checkups can help circumvent problems in their early stages so they don’t turn into costly and painful issues later. Good dental care, in particular, is important as you only get one set of teeth that have to last you a lifetime. If you don’t have a dentist, it’s easy to find one. Just search online using terms like Dentist Forest Hills NY for your area and take your pick.
Create a Budget and Start Saving for the Future
While at this stage of your life you may barely be making ends meet, this is a good time to start getting into the habit of practicing good financial management. A budget, in particular, may be more crucial at this stage than any other in your life, since you may be making or bringing in only just enough to cover your bills and expenses. It’s also a good time, however, to start setting something aside from every paycheck or every allotment of income. It might be only a small percentage of your income or it might be a few dollars, but over time those small amounts will add up. When you can, you should start investing your money in interest-bearing savings account, stocks, bonds or some other form of interest-earning account.
Adulting Is A Process That Evolves Over Time
Being out on your own is both an exhilarating and sometimes slightly scary time. With a little discipline and self-control, however, you can make the most of it and enjoy your freedom to the fullest. Of course, you can cut loose now and then and throw caution (and your diet) to the wind, but be careful not to overdo it. Like the old saying goes: “Everything in moderation. Including moderation.”
Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking and gardening. Connect with Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.