2014, blog, grown-upping

Find your way to de-stress

Dealing with stress in an appropriate way is a big part of grown-upping. Before, you could just whine or cry and your parents would do their best to fix your problem. Now, it’s time to man-up and handle things yourself.

Everyone deals with stress differently and you can’t figure out how you best deal with it overnight.
It’s okay to try different methods of stress-relieving until you find the best one. It took me until college to fully understand what made me the most relaxed.

How I deal with stress is by going for a drive. Getting my drivers license when I turned sixteen was the happiest day of my life because it meant the freedom to go wherever I wanted. I still love that freedom. I enjoy being alone in my car and singing to uplifting Top 40 songs on the radio about drinkin-yo-drank and gettin-low-in-da-club. If I’m ever feeling restless or irritated, I now know that a nice drive will help me feel better. There is something liberating about going for a drive and not knowing where you’re going but just trusting that you’ll go where you need to go. (just remember to bring a GPS so you can find your way back home.)

In college, my friends obviously had different ways of dealing with the stress. Here are some other ways to cope with stress, that I learned from them:

  • Read a book
  • Take a hot bath
  • Watch one episode of your favorite TV show
  • Watch one of your favorite movies
  • Take a deep breath (innnnn and outttt) 
  • Go for a jog (no, seriously. After exercising you’ll feel better) 
  • Talk it out with a friend 
  • Play with a puppy or kitten
  • Drink some hot tea or coffee
  • Color a picture
Stress doesn’t go away as you get older. It will always be in your life. However, you can take control and learn how to best handle that stress. 
2014, adult, blog, grown-upping

Grown Upping

Last night, I was reading What Color is Your Parachute and it suggested that you start a blog about something you know really well. Pretty much the only thing I know really well is how to try and become an adult. I’m not a great cook, I’m not crafty and I don’t braid my hair in unusual ways. So that eliminates a lot of possible blog topics right there. But instead of a usual blog, why not share some of my thoughts through my journey of Grown-Upping.

I just graduated from Denison University with a BA in English and Communication. I often think of the song “What Do You Do with a BA in English?” from Avenue Q because that’s a relevant question. You can do so much with a liberal arts degree that it’s hard to choose. I’m still figuring out what career to choose.

I recently got my own apartment. That’s something I’ve dreamed about since high school and right now it’s living up to my expectations. I like my independence and I can do whatever I want there. However, nothing teaches you to be a grown-up more than having your own apartment. Life stops holding your hand once you sign that lease. Suddenly, you’ve got bills to pay, food to buy and posters to frame.

A year or two ago, I read the book Adulting: How to Become a Grown Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps and I really enjoyed all of the practical advice she gave and how humorously she did it. I hope that these blog posts can be similar to the style of Adulting. In fact, originally, I was going to call these posts “Adulting” but I realized I wanted something more unique. So, I thought how about “Adultology?” I googled that term and a) found a lot of mature content that uses that word b) someone already wrote a book with that name. So, until I find out someone has already taken the word “Grown Upping” I’m going to keep using that made-up term. You’re never to old to make up words.

Grown Ups always eat a healthy diet of pink and purple candies