I'm moving out, living as a real adult - finally! How can I do it well?
March 17, 2014 12:56 AM Subscribe
I'm 22, graduating in a month. I'm finally moving out on my own to the big city, starting a new corporate job - starting real, adult life basically - how can I make a smooth, healthy transition into independent life?
posted by rhythm_queen to Grab Bag (19 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
Though I'm doing okay in general, I struggle with body image issues, fighting against drug relapse, lack of friendships and relationships, self esteem issues in general. I'm nervous that moving out on my own is going to be a tough transition on me emotionally and may exacerbate these issues- though I went on exchange last year, it was a completely different kind of experience, one with no real roots, one where the primary focus was to have fun.
Now, I'm starting to build my own life with no parental support, few university friends (well, never had many real best friends to begin with until recently), paying rent, managing my finances, trying to be fit and healthy... I'm going to start living an independent, grown-up life.
What tips and advice do you have for me, a 22 year old mama's girl who's excited about the changes in her life, but struggles with anxiety/slight depression...How can I make this transition as smoothly as possible over the next few months to a year? What anecdotal advice do you have for me?
Thanks in advance, my dear green.