Do you ever feel like you’re not as grown up as you should be? As if everyone around you seems to have themselves together and you just sort of… don’t? It’s a pretty familiar feeling. Lots of people find themselves in this strange state where they know they’re supposed to feel like an adult, but they just don’t. A lot of this just comes down to a state of mind. Let’s face it, if you’re of legal age, you’re an adult. But it’s hard to feel that way when staying on stop of the stresses of modern life can feel virtually impossible. Luckily, changing that state of mind isn’t all that hard. It’s just a matter of making some changes to your life so that you can feel more in control. Here are three easy ways to feel like a real adult.
Get Involved in Local Politics
Snore! I’m sure that’s what you might be saying at the thought of local politics. Politics can be pretty dry at the best of times. And local politics doesn’t even have the newsworthy glamor of a national election. But, believe it or not, local governments have a surprisingly serious effect on your life. The best thing that you can do is make sure you’re aware of who your local representatives are and how you can contact them. Making changes in government might seem too big for any person to make a difference but getting involved at a local level is a great place to start.
Take Care of Your Health
Nobody’s going to wipe your nose for you anymore! Nothing can make you feel like you don’t have your life in control faster than refusing to deal with being ill. Don’t put off going to the doctor if you’re sick. And no, ignoring it is not going to make it go away. But this isn’t just limited to when you are sick. Make sure that you’re registered at your nearest doctor’s surgery and go for checkups as regularly as you can. The same applies to your dentist. Taking control of your health is a great way to help you take control of your life.
Ever had one of those days where you wonder where it even went? How did I manage to waste that entire day? Now, that’s okay from time to time. The problem is when those days start to pile up. If you can’t look at your time and see anything productive in how you spend it, that’s not going to make you feel like much of an adult.
The important thing is to stay as active as possible, physically and mentally. Make sure that you’re getting regular exercise, running a great option. But also make sure that you’re doing something fun as a hobby. Don’t just sit in from of the TV all day. Make something! Take up knitting! Do something interesting and creative with your free time to keep your body and mind active. You’ll be amazed at just how quickly you’ll start to feel like a real life grown up!
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Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.