Adult life sneaks up on us faster than we thought it would. One day, we’re riding bikes in the neighborhood; the next day, we’re waking up early and getting ready for work. Here are some telltale signs that you’re all grown up.
Sign #1: You Skip the Snooze Button
The first sign that you’ve transitioned into adulthood: no more snoozing your alarm! It can be difficult to snap out of the habit, but you have to do it. The New York Times recommends using the app SleepScore, which monitors your sleep cycles, so you wake up at the most optimal time within a predetermined range.
Sign #2: You Make Doctor’s Appointments
Being on top of your health is one of the most important things you can do as an adult. The older you get, the more ailments you’ll need to test for, track, and treat. This includes scheduling your yearly physical and all other specialists. Be sure to bring a list of questions to ask your doctor so that you can make the most of your visit.
Sign #3: You Buy Groceries
Life was much easier back then when we would open up the refrigerator or pantry and see an abundance of food. Things are different when it’s your turn to buy the goods. Always stock up on healthy, nonperishable snacks like nuts and frozen veggies – especially when they’re on sale.
Sign #4: You Do Your Own Laundry
Doing laundry isn’t necessarily fun, but if you think about it, putting clothes into a machine and then transferring them over to the dryer isn’t all that bad. Make sure you separate your whites from your colors, spot treat your stains with Spray & Wash, and be delicate with your expensive attire, underwear, and socks. And don’t overload the washer and dryer!
Sign #5: You Go to Bed Early
Partying like you’re 18 doesn’t feel so great when you’re an adult. The hangovers are worse, and lack of sleep cannot be cured by any amount of caffeine. If you’re eager to be in bed by 9 p.m., it’s a sure sign you’ve reached adulthood – and we fully support it!
Sign #6: You Relish Staying In
Don’t let FOMO get the best of you! Staying home saves money and allows you to take care of chores around the house. (The dishes won’t do themselves!) Enjoy alone time just as much as going out; you’ll need both of them in the long run.