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5 Useful Tips for Young People Moving Out

5 Useful Tips for Young People Moving Out

The fact of moving out of home when you are a “first timer” can be stressful and a little concerning. Whether we are feeling excited, motivated or enthusiastic we also feel kind of nervous for the new big change in our lives.

So, if you finally feel like moving out from your parents’ house and have already taken the decision, here are some useful tips you should consider while moving out:

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First of all, set a budget

If you want to be independent and live alone, you need to prepare your wallet, set a budget and save some money before all your upcoming plans. Many young people spend all their time staying at their parents’ house worry less and without having the idea of how much money it represents. They’re careless about the needs or essentials to keep or maintain a home and maybe that’s because they don’t know anything about payments, bills, and expenses.

You need to start by realizing what life essentials do you (and your home) need, and then record all your future expenses to set a budget. Here’s a good example of “a list of monthly household –basic-expenses”:

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  • For Home: Rent or mortgage, maintenance or repairs.
  • Your Car: Payments, fuel, insurance, maintenance (if you don’t have a car then, consider the transportation expenses.)
  • Home utilities: Electric, water, gas, the internet, phone (or cell phone) bills.
  • Food: Groceries, home snacks, dining out.
  • Personal Care: Clothing, medical expenses, etc.
  • Extra activities: Trips, gym, entertainment, gifts, etc.

Start & build up your emergency savings fund

Do you know what an emergency fund is? Well, these are savings or funds that are destined or designed to cover a financial shortfall when an unexpected expense crops up. The reality is that everybody should have this! Because all of us need to be prepared for some life situations that constitute true emergencies like losing your job, paying for a health emergency, having an unexpected car repair or the need to travel, pretty common situations that can happen at any time.

It is important that you know how to handle emergency situations, regardless of how serious they are; the most common are the roadside emergencies like fixing a flat tire, having a key extraction trouble or driving with an overheated vehicle.

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Having proper medical supplies at home

It is really important for you to have some essential supplies on hand to treat minor illnesses and avoid late-night drugstore visits.

You must have:

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  • Pain relievers like aspirin, Ibuprofen, Tylenol
  • Cough medicine
  • Medicine for allergies and itching such as Benadryl and eyedrops
  • Miscellaneous like vitamin D supplements, sunscreen, a thermometer
  • Medicine for digestive issues
  • Bandages, antiseptic or antibiotic ointments

Make your life and household chores easier

As you can see, running a household is not easy, especially for those “first timers” who are also studying, working or starting their own lives independently. You will need to get organized and a good idea to start is having a daily planner. Sometimes we think we don’t need those apps and personal assistants (like Siri) to help us through our days, but the reality is that writing down all your appointments, things to do, notes and plans will improve your life and habits.

Another essential is having a well-stocked housecleaning kit. A very common issue that first homeowners or first timers have is that they don’t really know the importance of having a clean house. A clean house is important for your health and well-being, and it is recommended to have a proper cleaning kit with at least a scrub brush, toilet brush, gloves, a broom and mop, a proper carpet cleaner and some disinfecting wipes. All these are easy supplies that will help you to maintain a beautiful home you can be proud of (even if you are young, a student or a recently graduated person).

Please always remember that your safety is first, so if you are planning to move out and start your own life be aware of all the advice and tips you can get from others (experienced people) or even online.

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Last Updated on May 15, 2019

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

As it appears, the human mind is not capable of not thinking, at least on the subconscious level. Our mind is always occupied by thoughts, whether we want to or not, and they influence our every action.

“Happiness cannot come from without, it comes from within.” – Helen Keller

When we are still children, our thoughts seem to be purely positive. Have you ever been around a 4-year old who doesn’t like a painting he or she drew? I haven’t. Instead, I see glee, exciting and pride in children’s eyes. But as the years go by, we clutter our mind with doubts, fears and self-deprecating thoughts.

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Just imagine then how much we limit ourselves in every aspect of our lives if we give negative thoughts too much power! We’ll never go after that job we’ve always wanted because our nay-saying thoughts make us doubt our abilities. We’ll never ask that person we like out on a date because we always think we’re not good enough.

We’ll never risk quitting our job in order to pursue the life and the work of our dreams because we can’t get over our mental barrier that insists we’re too weak, too unimportant and too dumb. We’ll never lose those pounds that risk our health because we believe we’re not capable of pushing our limits. We’ll never be able to fully see our inner potential because we simply don’t dare to question the voices in our head.

But enough is enough! It’s time to stop these limiting beliefs and come to a place of sanity, love and excitement about life, work and ourselves.

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So…how exactly are we to achieve that?

It’s not as hard as it may seem; you just have to practice, practice, practice. Here are a few ideas on how you can get started.

1. Learn to substitute every negative thought with a positive one.

Every time a negative thought crawls into your mind, replace it with a positive thought. It’s just like someone writes a phrase you don’t like on a blackboard and then you get up, erase it and write something much more to your liking.

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2. See the positive side of every situation, even when you are surrounded by pure negativity.

This one is a bit harder to put into practice, which does not mean it’s impossible.

You can find positivity in everything by mentally holding on to something positive, whether this be family, friends, your faith, nature, someone’s sparkling eyes or whatever other glimmer of beauty. If you seek it, you will find it.

3. At least once a day, take a moment and think of 5 things you are grateful for.

This will lighten your mood and give you some perspective of what is really important in life and how many blessings surround you already.

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4. Change the mental images you allow to enter your mind.

How you see yourself and your surroundings make a huge difference to your thinking. It is like watching a DVD that saddens and frustrates you, completely pulling you down. Eject that old DVD, throw it away and insert a new, better, more hopeful one instead.

So, instead of dwelling on dark, negative thoughts, consciously build and focus on positive, light and colorful images, thoughts and situations in your mind a few times a day.

If you are persistent and keep on working on yourself, your mind will automatically reject its negative thoughts and welcome the positive ones.

And remember: You are (or will become) what you think you are. This is reason enough to be proactive about whatever is going on in your head.

Featured photo credit: Kyaw Tun via unsplash.com

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