College is the precursor to full-blown adulthood. Scary right? With adulthood comes paying bills, going to the doctor’s office, and the dreaded realization that being healthy isn’t as easy as it used to be.
Here are some things that you should get in the habit of before finishing college.
Get into a normal sleep schedule.
I know, it sounds close to impossible when you’re out all night pounding down cheap beers and crawling to the nearest taco bell for the biggest burrito they have. But trust me, your body will thank you. You don’t have to give up partying, just do it in moderation! Our bodies need sleep to recover from the stressors it has conquered during the day. Besides, what feels nicer than cuddling up in a nice warm bed and waking up without grogginess and hitting snooze every five minutes?
Make time for yourself.
This is the time to be selfish! College is all about figuring yourself out and you can’t possibly do that without some good ole “me-time." Instead of spending every waking moment with your best friend, take a breather. Walk around campus, go window-shopping in the nearest college town, or have a chill night in with Netflix and popcorn. They sound like small things, but getting into the habit of treating yourself will be so beneficial when you leave college. You’ll miss those moments of free time and 20-minute catnaps when you land that big job.
Start exercising and eating better.
It’s never too late to get involved in practicing good health, but college is the perfect time to do so! So many dining halls have healthy options (not just salad) and tuition usually covers the school’s gym fees. Take advantage of what you’re paying for! Your body and your bank account will thank you. You don’t have to become a gym rat, but exercise and good food will make you feel like a hundred bucks (even if there’s only five in your bank account.)
Learn to ask for help.
There is absolutely no shame in calling your mom and asking for help. One of the key parts of adulthood is learning to put your pride away and get the help you need when you need it. Being able to use your resources and ask for help speaks miles above staying prideful and in a bad spot. It stinks, but it’s a necessary skill for leading a successful and well-balanced life.
Learn good time management.
Pulling all-nighters is (unfortunately) a huge part of college for some students. However, that use of time is not going to fly after you’re thrown into the real world. Learning to balance free time and get work done timely and efficiently is key to succeeding in any job. Besides, managing your time helps create a routine that keeps you on track each day.
Learn how to do laundry and keep your room/apartment clean.
It sounds trivial, but being able to keep your space clean with some kind of cleaning routine is so important. No one wants to walk around living in a dirty house all of the time. Pick up your house each day when you get a chance. Depending on how often you change clothes, do laundry every three or four days, or at least once a week. My mom always said that cleanliness is next to godliness, and sometimes it’s just so nice to come home to a clean room where I know I can just kick back and relax.
Learn to let stuff go.
Dwelling on the past will literally hold you back. It’s okay to remember, but dwelling and holding on to negativity is something that needs to go. Let go of toxic people, toxic relationships, toxic memories, toxic everything. Learning to be a little selfish and focus on yourself is something that will set you miles above others who leave college.