Do you ever have those days when being an adult hits you smack in the face, and you wish you could quit? It seems we can quit everything else in life: jobs, friends, habits, etc., but I've never met anyone who could successfully quit being an adult. We remember the “good ol' days” of carefree living and having many things done for us when we were kids. Now we live to go to work, pay bills, and tackle our other responsibilities. Downtime and living a stress-free life feels like a luxury of the past because we are adults now.
So what do we do on the days when we just can't adult anymore?
Here are some ideas:
1. Remember the perks.
As an adult, you can choose to eat whatever you want (I'm talking dessert for breakfast, lunch, AND dinner), go to sleep whenever and wherever you want, watch Netflix all hours of the night, and ultimately make your own decisions! Sure, being a kid without responsibilities was great, but remember the rules and the nagging parents? Not sure I would want to go back there. I am enjoying the adult relationships with my family much, much more!
2. Write down all your worries and stresses.
Whether you feel overwhelmed with bills, going back to school, job responsibilities or something else, write down all your worries and free your head space. Next to each stressor, write three ideas for solutions. Plan to tackle one at a time and shorten your list after awhile. You'll be surprised at how easy some solutions are, and you will quickly feel a surge of hope.
3. Think long term.
In the busyness of the here and now, it's easy to feel overwhelmed with “adulting.” But when you think about the future, you can see how the hustle you are presently experiencing will ultimately pay off in the long run. If you don't see how what you are doing now reaps long term benefits, then you may need to reprioritize how you are managing your time.
4. Tap into your inner child.
Maybe you do need some time to stop “adulting” temporarily. Go on an adventure, have a movie night in a fort, jump on a trampoline for hours, and have a planned day of nostalgia doing some of your favorite childhood activities (Roller skating rink and Disney movies for me please)! But remember: don't stay in this place forever. It's more stressful to be behind on your bills and watch the laundry pile high.
What is one thing you struggle with as an adult that you didn't have to worry about as a kid? Tell us in the comments what YOU will do when you just can't “adult” anymore.
Amanda is a wife, mother, writer, and certified life coach. Pen and paper make her spirit come alive. She spends her creative time reading, decorating, and handwriting fonts. Her world is better with an assortment of chocolate and a stack of books packed and ready for travel. She is a writer for Downs Ups & Teacups. When she’s not writing, she’s planning outdoor adventures with her husband and two children. She believes life feels best when it’s truly lived!