Depending on who you ask, adulthood hits at different times. For some, it's when you turn 18, for others, it's the legal drinking age. Then there's the people who think it's the experience that makes you an adult, like your first real job or apartment.
But regardless of when it happens, there are things that every adult should know how to do or do on a regular basis. Are you "adulting" properly?
1. You get your monthly bills. Do you...
You should be reading your bills every month, even if you don't think they're different. It's important to know what you're paying for. Plus, this way you can make sure there are no discrepancies or wrong charges.
2. How often you do clean your house or apartment?
It's important to clean your house on a regular basis. Bacteria, dirt, and dust can build up around the house, which can cause allergies. Plus, you always feel better with a clean house. It's also proven that you sleep better when you sleep with a clean room, because your subconscious brain isn't stressed about the clutter.
3. Your friends invite you out on a Wednesday night to celebrate a promotion. Do you...
Having a social life is an important part of being an adult, and it can give you a well-needed work-life balance. That being said, it's not responsible to get totally drunk on a weeknight, so calling it a night at a reasonable hour is the best way to go.
4. How often do you go to the dentist?
It used to be that dentists recommended patients visit them every six months, but new research shows that if you don't have any risk factors, just going once a year is plenty. Totally ignoring the dentist isn't a great option, though, as it can cause serious health problems.
5. How often are you cooking meals for yourself?
Even if you only know how to make a few basic things, every adult should know at least be able to cook themselves one meal a day. You can't be spending money on food when you've got bills to pay. The general consensus is that you should eat out maximum once a week, for both health and financial reasons.
6. You unexpectedly come into some money, do you...
Having investments is a great idea when you're an adult, but that doesn't mean you can't have fun! Allow yourself one fun purchase with unexpected money and then put the rest away in case of an emergency, or just for future plans.
7. Someone asks you to do something you really don't want to, do you...
Learning to say no is one of the hardest parts about being an adult. You're allowed to say it, though it can be tricky. Use your judgement to see if doing this favor for a friend will make your life more difficult or make you unhappy. If the answer is yes, then your answer is no.
8. How do you keep track of your day-to-day life?
A calendar is the best way to keep everything in your life organized. Getting reminders or seeing things written out is one of the best ways to make sure you do them. You are more likely to book an appointment or go to the gym if you set aside the time in advance.
9. How healthy are your eating habits?
As you get older, it's important to stick to a healthy eating plan. Your metabolism slows down and your body needs certain nutrients to keep it going. Obviously there are days when this can't happen, and a healthy eating plan can ensure you're living your best life.