Cultivating Healthy Habits after College
College is known for binge drinking, late night food runs, dining hall food, little to no sleep, and more. AKA a bunch of not so healthy habits to have. But, these are the pillars of the ultimate college experience - I definitely experienced these and I am not knocking them. But once you graduate these habits aren’t viable, alas, the transition to ‘adulthood.’
In Better than Before, which I talk about in my post here on 10 books to read before starting your first job, Rubin points out that when a dramatic life event happens (i.e. graduating college + moving + starting a new job), it is the perfect time to change your habits because you are already out of your routine.
Some habits are easier to break than others when it comes to transitioning out of college (you don’t have to tell me twice to sleep for at least 7 hours!). Now that I am a working woman and am living in a new city, I saw this as an opportunity to revamp my habits + take inventory of how my habits are doing.
Current Healthy Habits:
- Exercising on a regular basis: This is my #1 stress reliever and helps keep me sane, while also keeping me healthy. Even if it is only for 20 minutes, it’s better than nothing. A bonus of my love of exercise is that now that I am in a new city one way to explore the area is by trying new boutique classes + gyms, which I highly recommend doing as a way to exercise + get familiar with your new town.
- Eating a well-rounded diet: I was convinced as a child that I would always hate vegetables, but am thankful that I outgrew that phase. Now I crave vegetables + love finding new recipes or foods to try; it’s a big hobby of mine!
- Sleep: Sleeping has always been a very important part of my life (I sleep 8-9 hours every night). I function much better when I sleep and always have!
Habits to Cultivate:
- Meditating + Mindfulness: Recently I have been using the calm app to start meditating, which has been easy to use, although I must admit I have trouble remembering to do it each day. My goal is to commit to meditating a few times a week and do it at the same time each day to encourage the habit.
- Less social media: I think social media has a time + place: for example, I love using Instagram to find new health trends, get inspiration, and follow #girlbosses. I do find that I can easily get lost in the rabbit hole of instagram explore + Facebook, which is something I hope to get a better handle on. One way I’ve tried to nip this habit is by moving my Facebook app off my home screen. Additionally, now that I am working I don’t have as much time to sit around and peruse the internet.
- Eating intentionally: This includes eating without staring at my phone, shutting my computer at work while eating (no, I don’t have lunch breaks + it’s hard to eat anywhere besides my team room since I’m on client site), and not shoveling food into my mouth.
Here are some other habits that may be helpful to start after college:
- Limiting TV time
- Being a conscious spender
- Devoting more time to your hobbies + passions
- Finding a balance between work + play
- Keeping up with current events
- Creating a morning + night routine
- Learning to cook
- Volunteering on a regular basis
- Finding ways to stay in touch with friends + family
Do you have any suggestions on awesome habits that I should be starting? Comment below!