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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 January 14, 2019

7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

From Atkins to Paleo to eating gluten-free despite not being one of the rare few people afflicted with celiac disease, fad diets are everywhere. It drives me crazy because I believe these diets do more harm than good. Your body is made up of a variety of vitamins, nutrients, and minerals, and losing weight healthily isn’t possible when you fill your body with unnecessary synthetic plastics, sugars, and powders. There’s no easy button in life.

What you need to do is exercise, which isn’t very appealing to many people. Workouts take work, so there’s already a stigma involved in going to the gym. Starting a healthy workout regimen becomes easier when you make it fun. If you want to live long and prosper, get off the couch and try these methods to turn your workout into a playout.

1. Take the scenic route.

Walking is an easy way to transition to a healthy lifestyle, and it’s free. Not only do you burn calories (check out this calculator for how many calories you burn based on your weight), but you see the world in a different way. Hiking in nature is great if you have access to it, but don’t let living in an urban area deter you from walking.

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Whenever I’m creatively stuck I get my head straight by walking a couple of miles. It’s also how I discover new paths, meet new people, and stumble upon hole-in-the-wall spots I never would have found otherwise. You could drive past the same place every day and never appreciate the beauty, nor even notice it’s there.

2. Distract yourself.

No matter what exercise routine you choose, use the time to meditate. You may wonder how marathon runners are able to put so many miles on their bodies. It’s because the pain from running that you avoid is something they’ve learned to harness to enter a transcendental state. If you’re aware of the benefits of meditation and exercise but don’t have time to do both, you can combine them, killing two birds with one healthy stone.

3. Listen to music or podcasts.

There are few experiences in life more pleasurable than turning up the music and drowning out the world around you. With so many podcasts and music apps available on your smartphone, you can easily find entertainment options perfectly suited to your personal tastes. Never worry what people may think of you when working out;instead, crank up the volume and get lost in your own world. You’ll be in shape before you know it.

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4. Bring a friend.

Some people can’t go anywhere alone. While I highly recommend dining out and seeing a movie in a theater alone, having company while exercising is very helpful. It allows you to pace yourself with someone else, and gives you a coach to motivate and push harder than you may have on your own.

Many exercises are safer when done with a friend, and some sports can only be played with another person. Involving others in your goals can mean the difference between success and failure. Just remember to continue exercising if the other person flakes, or they’ll be in control of your health.

5. Accessorize.

There are accessories that can make exercise easier, and sometimes buying a new toy can add some much-needed fun to your routine. With apps like RunKeeper and Nike+, your smartphone is capable of tracking your vitals and progress. Wrist weights can add a new dimension to your workout, and, if you exercise at night, a headlamp can help you see what’s in front of you so you don’t trip.

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For urban runners and power-walkers, one of the biggest obstacles is other people. It’s difficult to get in your meditative zone and enjoy your music when you constantly have to dodge people. To resolve this vexing issue, Runbell, a startup in Tokyo, has developed the runner’s version of the bicycle bell. With this lightweight brass bell warning people you’re approaching from behind, you’re free to maintain your transcendental state while continuing your workout. Head to their Kickstarter campaign to pledge your support.

6. Compete.

A little healthy competition can motivate you to push yourself further in your workout regimen. There are apps like Zombies, Run! which turns your run into a video game, and MyFitnessPal which allows you to connect with others in the exercise community. Whether you’re directly competing with a friend, an online community, or against your previous self, setting goals is the key to reaching them. Running with no destination can feel like an impossible task, and it’s easy to get distracted.

7. Relax.

The best part about exercising is how much you enjoy the downtime. If you think laying on your couch all day is enjoyable, it has nothing on that hour you spend as a couch potato after a rigorous workout. Jay-Z said it best, “in order to experience joy, you need pain.” The harder you push yourself while exercising, the better you’ll feel when you’re relaxing.

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With that said, don’t relax too much, or it loses the effect. It’s okay to indulge every so often. Treat yourself to some junk food you’re craving, imbibe a drink here and there, and spend a day vegging out on your couch. Staying healthy doesn’t have to be torture. Just turn down when you can and dedicate some time to better the health of your body. You only get one.

Featured photo credit: tpsdave via pixabay.com

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