How old are you? Just kidding, you don’t have to answer that question. But if your age classifies you as an “adult” there are some things you should, hopefully, have a pretty good handle on. You should know how to pay your bills on time, how to not spend too much money at happy hour, and you should definitely know how to do your own laundry. Those aren’t the only skills you should have down pact, though. Here are a few other habits, specifically health habits, all adults should’ve mastered by now:
Making Your Bed Every Morning
This might seem like a small habit to incorporate into your daily routine, but it matters. Turns out, making your bed every morning can directly relate to how the rest of your day goes. What??? Yup! Making your bed starts your day off right! Don’t believe me? Luckily, I’m not the only one who believes in the power of a tidy bed. Naval Admiral William McRaven, the commander of U.S. Special Operations, said during a commencement speech at University of Texas:
“If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another.
By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter.
If you can’t do the little things right, you will never do the big things right.”
Living An Active Life
Being active was easier to do when you were younger because you had to walk everywhere. But now that you’re an adult, with a full-time job, being active is more of a luxury than anything — a luxury you need to make sure you’re making time for. Not only to maintain your weight but also to make sure that when you’re 60, you can walk across the street without back pain. What you do now determines everything!
You don’t have to do CrossFit a couple times a week to be living an active life. You can walk your dog for 30 minutes or take a goat yoga class on the weekends (yes, that’s a thing). Start small and grow your activity from there.
Raise your hand if the dentist is the only one flossing your teeth! (Hopefully, none of you raised your hand.) It’s great that you’ve mastered the art of brushing our teeth every day, but you should also be flossing. Flossing removes sticky bacteria and plaque from your teeth which, over time, can build up and cause some serious issues. If you’re not flossing, you’re doing a pretty sub-par job at keeping your mouth clean.
Being Financially Smart
So, this one is more of a mental health habit, but a habit nonetheless. As an adult, you have certain responsibilities that if you slack off on, will really impact you. For example, you can’t just “not” pay your credit card bill. Sure, you might want to avoid making those payments. But if you do, it’ll mess you up. One day, and probably soon, you’ll want to own a house or maybe rent another property. You won’t be able to do that if your credit is bad.
Routinely Cleaning Your Sheets
Gone are the days when you were a college student who only washed your bedroom sheets once a semester (or whenever your mom came to visit and took it upon herself to clean your room). You’re too old to pretend to be ignorant to the dust mites and other germs living on your sheets. They exist! And so does the lingering sweat you leave on your bed during the night when you’re too lazy to get up and turn on the fan. The point is, you’re now at the age where you should be routinely cleaning your bedroom sheets at least a couple times a month.
Creating A Nice Work/Life Balance
I’m sure you’ve heard how important it is to have a solid work/ life balance. Depending on where you are in life, you might be so fixated on growing your career that you’ve completely avoided your personal life. While it’s great to obtain the job of your dreams, it’s even more crucial to have a solid support team. You don’t want to be 40-50 years old and realize all you have is your job. Start building your personal life now, if you’re not already.
Watching Your Sugar Intake
You probably didn’t give a crap about sugar or any type of healthy nonsense when you were a kid. But now that you’re an adult, and your metabolism has slowed down, you’ve probably started to realize that you do, in fact, have to pay attention to what you eat. Sugar is the main culprit for weight gain because it’s sneakily in EVERYTHING. Watching your sugar intake and avoiding as much process sugar as possible is going to keep your weight in check — even for you adults who don’t “believe in the gym.’
Maintaining A Good Sleep Schedule
Sleep is really the key to a good life. Seriously it is! If you’ve yet to get on a good sleep schedule, you’re doing yourself a huge disservice and you probably don’t even realize it. Not getting the proper sleep can make you irritable, make it hard to lose weight, and even damage your skin. Stop saying, “I’ll catch up on sleep this weekend” and strive to get 7-8 hours every night.