By Rachel Comish
Being an adult is hard. You bust your butt through school, get through the application and interview process, then finally get a job.
So, now what?
More often than not, your first job is not your dream job. It’s a starter job; a job to pay the bills, and buy time and experience while you figure out this whole adult thing.
A typical 9 to 5 job, which let’s be honest is more like 8 to 6 nowadays, can suck all the life out of you. You get up, get ready, get through the day, and crash when you get home. The days drag.
We are still young. We need life outside of work, and yes work does take up a big chunk of time but it’s the little things that count.
Here are some things you can do to mix things up and make each day matter.
Do different exercise routines.
It’s great to have your regular gym schedule, or even have a gym, but doing different workouts can differentiate the days. Sign up for a few classes at a time so you’re not doing the same thing everyday. Make one day a swimming day or one day a yoga day. Make it fun.
Use your hobbies.
It can be so tempting to just crash as soon as you get home from a long day. That’s fine! Take a breather, eat dinner, watch a show. But don’t let every night disappear in a haze of Netflix. Enjoy your hobbies! Set aside some time to read or write or do something that makes you feel like yourself.
Laugh! This may be your first serious job, but find the things in life that make you snort and giggle. Sing at the top of your lungs while driving through traffic. Spin around the kitchen in your socks and pretend to be a ballerina. Am I the only one that does that? Starting a career can involve being the one that everyone blames, so sometimes you have to make your own fun.
Try a different route when coming home. Look around the area, explore. Take a walk when you get home, especially if you’re sitting a lot during the day. Try a new restaurant, check out that little store that you always drive past but have no idea what it actually is. Be adventurous.
Earning your way to your dream job takes hard work, but life needs some creativity and fun too. Mix things up. Be different. Go out there and adult like a pro!