Millennials have coined the term “adulting” to mean acting like an adult or engaging in activities associated with adulthood, as Time Magazine informs us. “Adulting” is about taking control and ownership of your life. One of the downsides of growing up as a millennial has been figuring out what is in your control, and what isn’t.

In this article, we’ll look at a few ways you can be a more prosperous, competent adult by taking back control of the things you can. You may be surprised by how easy it is regain control and “adult” successfully.

Take Ownership Of Yourself

Psychologically, taking ownership of yourself may mean extricating yourself from a toxic relationship. Sometimes it might mean sending friends who you’ve known for most of your life packing. Taking ownership of yourself requires admitting that you might have made mistakes in the past. You need to accept that these mistakes are part of who and where you are in life, and begin rebuilding from there. You will also need to identify your goals and aspirations. Having goals makes it easier to ascertain what works and what doesn’t. Finally, it would help if you accepted that there are some things you cannot change. Accept who you are as a person, both good and the bad. 

Take Control of Your Budget

Being an adult requires having a stable mental state. Unfortunately, as Mint mentions, lacking money can degrade your mental state progressively. While you may need to get the services of a forensic economics firm like, you will still have to take stock of where and how you spend your money. Start by narrowing down any extraneous expenses you may have. Figure out how much you need to live for a month. Take that value as your base value for survival, and see how much you have left over. If you don’t have any left over, it’s time to think about aiming for a secondary income source or cutting back on the expenses you have, starting from the most frivolous and coming back. It’s a great feeling to have extra money at the end of the month.

Being an Adult Ics More Than Just Responsibilities

When you’re growing up, no one tells you about what you’re expected to do as an adult. Many people leave high school or college and can’t even make basic meals, or do necessary work around their houses. Knowing how to do these things doesn’t come naturally, and the motivation to get them done rather than just sitting around and hoping they go away is the hallmark of being an adult. “Adulting” is messy. It can take a lot of time out of your day, and your rewards are sometimes meager for the work you put into it. However, the level of satisfaction you get from being an adult is second to none. You never know how well you can “adult” until you try. Sometimes, the largest hurdle you have to overcome is yourself.


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