Look, we totally get it that growing up is not always easy. Your parents will not be there every step of the way to do the everyday basic tasks that you have taken for granted. Trust us that you’ll need some of these basic life skills. By the time you reach 30, you should have actually mastered these, so let’s take a look and see how you are doing.
Taking Care Of Yourself
The most important life skill of all is that you know how to take care of yourself. Most people understand they should eat healthy and get some exercise, but is this easier said than done? Keeping your body in good condition helps you mentally as well.
Whether you are eating at home or eating out, healthier and balanced meals are a much easier option now than they were just a few years ago. Plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables is a good start, with other things added in for variety.
Exercise is all about being active. For example, you could walk up the stairs instead of taking the elevator. Being active can help to keep you fit, it does not have to be lengthy sessions in the gym or out running.
Make sure you get enough sleep, as this is vitally important. The medical profession suggests that every adult should aim for between 7 and 8 hours every night. A lack of sleep can cause you to be moody and make you generally feel unwell. Getting the rest you need also helps to maintain a constant body weight, so reducing the risk of having to be constantly dieting.
If you need medication per your doctor’s order, make sure you keep a good supply and take it when you should. It is also a good idea to study for your cpr and first aid certification. You may well need to know more than how to put a plaster on a tiny cut, and a first aid course can soon teach you what to do in the case of a more serious accident.
Basic Cooking Skills
Eating out regularly can be a real drain on your finances, therefore, you should know basic cooking skills at the very least. Cook the basics such as an egg. You can make it boiled, fried, scrambled, poached and use it in so many ways to keep it interesting.
Some people love cooking and will go much further than the basics. Things such as pasta, rice and potatoes are all a simple base for a meal. Add a few vegetables, tomatoes or whatever else you want and suddenly you can have a very pleasant dish in front of you.
You should also know how to lay a table if you want to try your cooking skills out on some friends. A well-laid table makes the thought of the food more inviting before they even start to eat.
It is always a nice gesture when someone visits you at your home to ask if they would like a drink. You may be surprised though just how many people do not know how to make a cup of tea or coffee, and there are lots that have no idea how to open a bottle of wine.
Don’t embarrass yourself in this way. If someone accepts your offer of a drink, do not then have to go to the local café to buy it.
Cleaning And Tidying
Housework can be the bane of our lives, but the longer you leave it the worse it gets. Tidy your home every day, and when you do clean, do it thoroughly. Then it should never get too bad, and you will not be caught out if someone calls unexpectedly.
You should know by now how to do your laundry. Sorting the colors into appropriate washing loads and not tumble drying the things you shouldn’t are important if you do not want to ruin your clothes.
How to Enjoy Your Own Company
Being on your own sometimes can be a peaceful and quiet time for you just to relax and do what you want to do. If that is reading a book, having a soak in the bath, watching a film or anything else. You should enjoy your own company and feel at peace with yourself.
There is nothing wrong with going to the movies on your own or enjoying your favorite food in a local restaurant, that perhaps none of your friends or family care for. Doing some things on your own can help to boost your confidence.
Repairs can be very expensive if you have to get professional help every time. Of course, there are things only experienced people should deal with, but there are many others you can do by yourself. For instance:
– You should be able to change a fuse if one blows
– Changing a light bulb really is not difficult
– Invest in a set of plungers, which come in all shapes and sizes for different jobs. Then if your sink or toilet gets blocked, you have the solution without the expense of a plumber.
– Make sure you have the right tools in the boot of your car will be a huge help when you need to change a tire. It is not the sort of job you want to be having to call a garage to do for you, so make sure you have what you need if this happens.
Knowing some basic repair skills can save you a fortune, and if you do not know these things already it is time to start learning them.
How to Budget
By the time you have reached 30, you should already know how quickly your hard earned money disappears if you are not careful. Make yourself a budget that includes everything you have to pay out. Then you will know if you have anything left to spare each month and should avoid building up huge debts.
Losing control of your finances is very easy and before you know it you experience difficulty paying all that is due. If you have found yourself in that situation, you need to see where you can cut back on expenses to get things back ion track. Having a budget and tracking it makes it much clearer. If you cannot make a payment, speak to the people it is meant for and buy yourself some extra time.
Most companies will help wherever they can. The problems occur when you miss a payment and then just ignore it completely.
Making Small Talk
At some time or another we all find ourselves in a situation where we are surrounded by strangers. This could be for just a short time while you are waiting to go into an event, or it could be for much longer.
You do not have to think that you need to make friends, but you do need life skills to be able to make small talk about everyday things that are really of no importance.
A friendly person will be remembered for longer than someone who just looks good. Make the effort to chat with strangers, and in most cases, you will find that they are just as pleased to have someone to talk to them.
How to Read A Map
Most of us rely heavily on technology and that is great until you are lost in the middle of nowhere and your phone has no reception. Then how do you find your way? You should always carry paper maps in your car as a backup and know how to read them.
How To Say No
Hopefully, by the time you are 30, you will have learned to say no if you are asked to do something you do not want it. If you have not, now is the time or you will spend too much of your life occupied with things you would rather not be doing.
This is not always easy and can be a difficult skill to learn. However, there are ways of saying no without offending people, whether that is your boss or friends and family.
A simple thank you is all it needs if someone gives you a hand like opening a door or helps carry your shopping bag. It’s also important to say please if you need someone’s help. Just watch how differently retail assistants react to people who use their manners compared to those who don’t. You will soon realize that politeness is still an important part of our lives and saying “please and thank you” should always be used when appropriate.