Alright you guys, time for some more post-grad life tips!
Remember when I talked about how it’s OKAY to live back home with your parents after graduating college?
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If you haven’t read my blog post on it yet, go check it out!
I go into more detail on how it’s totally normal to live back home with the ‘rents for a little after college. 🙂
It’s worth the read. Promise!
Okay, let’s jump right in.
Living at home after college is all fun and games until it’s not. Lol.
It gets to be kind of overwhelming the first couple months and honestly, the last couple months and the months during.
Alright, maybe I’m being a bit dramatic.
But for real, living back home after you’ve been independent for 4 (or more) years is hard.
Like imagine having to tell your parents where you are going 24/7 or if you are “allowed” to have people over.
Okay, maybe that last part I don’t really do. My friends just walk into my house unannounced anyway.
But let’s get back to the point.
Living back at home isn’t so bad because, when you think about it, you aren’t paying for anything.
Well, that’s not ~ completely ~ true, lol.
What I’m saying is, there are probs more pros than cons to living back home. Like saving money.
ANYWAY, I’ve found out some great ways to help me stay sane while living with Mom and Dad and I thought I’d share them with you all!
So, here are my top 3 tips for staying sane for graduates living at home.
Bring a bit of college back home with you
Try to include as much college life as you can back into your parents’ house.
What I mean is, bring that bed from college you love so much or the desk you used every day to work on assignments.
You need things that remind you that your life back at home isn’t so bad and that this is only temporary.
But also, your childhood bedroom probably needs a good re-decorating anyway since it’s been a couple of years.
You can also spice it up with some fun college memories!
Maybe that’s photos of you and your college besties having a grand ole time at the local “hangout” or maybe it’s of sorority date parties (those are always good memories)!
Or at least this makes you go through your college photo albums on FB and reminisce on the good days. 🙂
Check out these super cute ways to hang up photos in your room!
Find your happy place
Find a place you can go to relax and get away from all the craziness.
Trust me. Your sanity will thank you.
For me, I go for long walks or jogs to the park.
Pop in some AirPods and listen to your fav podcast, music playlist, or FaceTime a friend!
Look how beautiful my park is. 🙂
Anyway, going to the park or just going outside is a great way for me to unwind and to just get away from the house a bit.
Also, here’s a great Spotify playlist to get you HYPED for your next run, jog, or, let’s be honest, walk!
Don’t Forget To Vent
You guys, it is ESSENTIAL for your emotional and mental health to vent.
AKA, spill the drama and your feelings.
And trust me, this whole transition thing with living with your parents again can be hard, so, you’ll have a LOT to say.
If you aren’t into talking about your ~ feelings ~ out loud, you can write them down!
Get a fun journal to write in or use your notes on your laptop.
Some things you could write about:
- Write out your feelings
- What you did today
- What you could’ve improved on
- What you are excited about
- What you can look forward to
- Why you are angry/sad/anxious, etc.
- What you can do to fix the way you feel
Check out these great journals!
1. Here’s a fun journal that’s perfect for writing down your highs and lows.
2. This journal is very unique! Here’s what Amazon says about it:
“The Q&A a Day Journal shows you what was going through your head each day—for five years of your life.
Simply turn to today’s date, answer the question at the top of the page, and when you finish the journal, start over.
As you return to the daily questions again over the years, you’ll notice how your answers change, or don’t!”
3. Here’s a great journal that’s literally made for venting! Amazing.
The best part about this journal is that,
“It is designed to allow you to vent but also helps you to find a silver-lining and end with a happy thought.”
How cute is that!!! 🙂
If you aren’t into writing, then call up your bestie and talk to him or her.
They will always be there for you and let’s be honest, they love to hear the gossip firsthand anyway. 😉
Putting your feelings into words and saying them out loud or writing them down will make you feel 10x better.
It will also remind you that those little things in your daily life that make you mad/sad/anxious/nervous/etc. are LITTLE!
So, make sure to write it or talk it out and then move on.
You can also schedule weekly get togethers with your friends to vent about the past week.
Make it a happy hour if you’re feeling it! 100% recommend.
Here’s a pic of another beautiful park by my house.
I had a picnic with a couple friends at this park and it was a great way to relax and just catch up with friends.
Also, here’s another fun fact for you (if you are still unsure on the idea of moving back home after college):
A study by TD Ameritrade found that the average age at which it BEGINS to become ~ embarrassing ~ for someone to live with their parents is 28.
28 years old.
We’ve GOT TIME PEOPLE!
But lowkey though, make whatever choice works best for you.
Everyone has different situations and explanations on why they are living with their parents.
So, LET THEM BE.
Anyway, I hope you use these tips when you feel like you might be going insane while living with your parents.
If you have any other ideas, please shoot them in the comments!
Okay, I’m peacin’. ✌