Entering adulthood can be an obscure path to embark on. By the time you turn eighteen, which is legally the doorway to adulthood, there is still an open field of knowledge worth grasping onto in order to live life fully in the many years to come. You’ll come across skills and habits that are best to put into practice for survival in the adult world. Keeping up with various changes in the body, changes in life goals and even mental strategies can become overwhelming in such an informative world today. However, it is best to always customize this new world to your liking and what works best for you. Growing can be easy when you design it that way, and the best part about it is you don’t have to do it alone. Here are seven things you should know about when entering adulthood.
Prior to adulthood, most foods eaten are fast, fun, and sweet. As you get older, there is more productivity available and you begin juggling priorities. The food you consume is an important part of your ability to function and can either harm or encourage your vitality and physical appearance. Let’s talk briefly about the best foods that’ll build a healthy habit around promoting daily exceptional performance.
Staying hydrated is important and of course, water should be first on the list. However, coconut water can be a lifesaver. It’s filled with cell repairing minerals ready to jolt you with a charge. Whether fresh from an actual coconut or consumed from a carton, the beauty is it all works the same. Coconut water may even appear a quenching pink due to the high levels of potassium, a mineral best for muscle function and regulating your heart while ridding the body of toxins.
Foods with Protein
Apart from muscle gain, protein has other important uses for body function. Collagen, for example, makes up over 20% of the body’s protein and aids in keeping healthy, elastic skin. Unfortunately, as you get older, collagen is broken down and cannot repair itself. However, you can find the best collagen supplements to take in various forms; in your favorite foods (beans, avocados, citrus fruits, etc.), powdered, pill form, and even in drinks.
Dark Leafy Greens
As a kid, you have no use for them, but through adulthood, dark leafy greens keep the body healthy, boost the immune system, and rid the body of toxins. Collard greens, spinach, kale, watercress, and romaine lettuce are all great examples.
Foods Rich in Antioxidants
Foods such as carrots, potatoes, blueberries, and many others that contain antioxidants are supercharged with the ability to protect the body from cancerous activity. A common favorite beverage rich in antioxidants is in fact coffee. Knowing how to make coffee can create a wonderful and immunity-boosting experience.
As you get older, physical flexibility rewards you with plenty of health benefits as well as mental health benefits. Movement keeps the joints loose and active and can also reduce mental stress and even reduce anxiety.
It’s often common to find a companion of some sort. If you’re not ready for a commitment to a person, consider the responsibility of caring for a pet. Dogs have a tendency to increase life management skills, keep you active, and even prepare you for a child. If this is something you might be considering, get your new puppy checklist ready, because you’ll need to know how to properly care for a dog. Your furry friend will most certainly shift your priorities around, making you happier and more proactive than before.
Adulthood can hinder mental health at times due to what is held as important, or perhaps when things simply do not work in your favor. With the desire to live your best life, however, learning how to help yourself and others will not only be a humbling experience but also a fulfilling one. Your friends will need you as much as you may need them. Share your knowledge! A balanced diet, physical activity, and positive relationships are all great ways on how to help someone with anxiety and stress.
Buy and Selling a House
Having a family and buying a house eventually makes the list when arriving into adulthood. If not for family, then perhaps you simply aim to become a successful realtor. Whatever it may be, “how to buy my first house” and “how to sell my house” will become commonly searched in your browser. There are a few steps worth mentioning to set you up for success on both ends:
1. How to Buy Your First House
- Browse around for the house you desire
- Calculate your budget
- Seek out mortgage loans with your trusted bank
- Get a real estate agent
- Make an offer for the desired home
- Get home inspection
- Get an appraisal (a third party who’ll estimate the fairness of the pricing of the house being purchased)
- Finalize paperwork
- Purchase the home
2. How to Sell Your House
- Find a realtor
- Price the house
- Set up a deadline
- Get a home inspection
- List the house
- Prepare for showings
- Negotiate and finalize the deal
Starting a Business
Starting a business could be a passion project you’ve finally decided to execute after having multiple jobs. Maybe you’re unsatisfied or perhaps never enjoyed the idea of working for someone else altogether. If you haven’t already inherited a business from a family member, then you may need a loan for your startup just to get steady momentum going, but before you do, follow these steps first.
- Have a business name
- Build a business plan
- Get it registered with the secretary of state and select a business structure (LLC, S Corp, C Corp, Sole Proprietor, etc.)
- Build a website, grow social media accounts, get a business phone number, and have a business address
- Open a business account
- Build business credit
- Get prequalified for a business loan
How to Jump a Car
Having a vehicle will bring tremendous amounts of convenience as long as you know how to either bring it to the right places to maintain it, or you can learn as you go and develop the skills all on your own, saving money along the way. One of the most common issues drivers have is having a dead battery. Whether in a parking lot or in your driveway, learning how to jump a car is crucial. When entering adulthood, learning to be prepared tends to be a recurring lesson. Jumper cables are just as important as your keys or your spare tire when it comes to being ready for emergencies. You can’t dodge all challenges, but the ones you can avoid, be prepared.
Scheduling and Planning
Time is of the essence and now meeting deadlines and constant communication is more important than it might have been prior to adulthood, at least in a newfound profession where your livelihood depends on it. Let’s say you’ve become a project coordinator or are planning for your wedding and scheduling a mass text is heavily relied upon. If it doesn’t get done or go through for whatever reason, miscommunication will unravel a domino effect of problems. Marking and framing out time is a practice we’ve developed through various stages in our school years and have seen the benefits and consequences of doing so. This is the best way to attempt to keep your life in order. This puts you in a place to be able to say yes to things you can give your time to with confidence, and say no to things you can’t once you’ve checked your schedule. This saves you from a lot of headaches and can assist in monitoring how you choose to spend your time. Keep in mind, staying organized is a practice; an unraveling trial and error until all the extra stuff holding back is filtered out of the equation.
Adulthood Made Simple
Chances are you’ve already heard plenty of tips and tricks to set you on the right path to adulthood, but in truth, the idea is to keep it as simple as possible in order to live the life you deserve. Something as small as learning how to tie a bow tie can set you up for success. There are many ways to go about this in of itself, but once you begin to find what sticks in your favor, it’ll be a huge relief. Who knows, you may end up sharing your very own set of ways best to enter into adulthood.