Your kids are college graduates and are now at the beginning of their careers. You’re so proud of what they have accomplished, but you still see them as your precious little bundles of joy.
But their lives have changed and certain responsibilities are now at the forefront of their lives.
Here are 10 lifestyle changes they can implement in their daily routines that will allow them to maintain a healthy work/life balance as they make their way through their 20s:
1. A healthy diet
In college, it’s tough to eat well. Students don’t really earn any money, and fast food or packaged, microwaveable goods are easy solutions to hunger.. But as college ends and a career takes over, these diets need to change.
For your children to stay strong and healthy throughout their lifetime, they will need to make sure to reincorporate veggies, fruits, proteins, dairy and carbohydrates into a balanced diet. Otherwise, serious complications could potentially arise in the future.
2. Stay hydrated
While maintaining an active lifestyle, it is very easy to forget to fill up that cup of water, especially with the abundance of sugary alternatives, such as coffee, juice and soda. Adults can stay on track by drinking at least 8 cups of water a day.
3. Take breaks
When starting a new job, your kids may feel obligated to work all the time and to perform their very best. They should take moments to get up from their desk to walk around and free their minds.
4. Invest time with friends
Friendships become harder to maintain as people get older. They should spend time maintaining their relationships with others, so they don’t drift apart.
Your children should continue to learn and develop their brains as they age. Reading can help ensure that they are able to keep their cognitive skills sharp. Sure, your children may be reading an article here and there online, but when was the last time that they picked up a book?
The older we get, the harder it is to find the time to exercise — especially when the responsibilities of work start to set in. Your children should schedule at least 30 minutes a day to walk, jog or do exercises around the home to ensure their bodies stay in shape.
7. Create healthy habits
Habits help us create routines. Whether it’s exercising at the same time everyday or going to bed at the same time each night, these habits keep us on track to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Encourage your children to create habits that will optimize their opportunities for lifelong success.
Some of your children may go out every Friday and party with their friends. While balancing a professional career and a social life, the best thing one can do is to try to get at least eight hours of rest each night.
The consequences of sleep deprivation can be detrimental to your children’s general health and their mental well-being, as well.
9. Invest in yourself
Your children should learn how to invest in themselves, which includes being mindful of what they put into their body and learning new skills that will help them personally and professionally. Anything that helps them grow and develop as a person, whether it is a cooking class, traveling the world, or learning communication skills will have a lifelong impact.
10. See a physician annually
People in their 20s may not see a physician as often as they should. However, there are many important reasons why adults in their 20s should regularly see their primary care physicians. The best thing your children can do is get ahead of any potential problems that may arise. Remind them to schedule an annual appointment with their primary care physician.
If you’re in the Southern California area and are in search of a primary care physician, call (800)USC-CARE (800-872-2273) or visit www.keckmedicine.org/request-an-appointment/ to schedule an appointment.
By Leonard Kim