4. Checking my credit score on a regular basis. - Deepstash

4. Checking my credit score on a regular basis.

For the longest time, I completely ignored my credit score. Sure, I never defaulted on a credit card or had a debt go to collections, but I still felt anxious about facing my financial situation. It was the same reason I hated looking at my account balances: a total fear of reality.

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MORE IDEAS FROM 5 Habits That Make Me Feel Like An Actual Adult

1. Arriving early to all of my appointments.

Not only has this new habit made me a more respectful and dependable human being, but it’s also reduced my own stress levels because I no longer feel guilty about wasting people’s time.

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2. Cleaning my living space at least once a week.

Every Sunday afternoon, I set aside at least a couple of hours to deep-clean my space. I clear any lingering dishes, disinfect surfaces like doorknobs and handles, dust, vacuum, change linens, and stock my mini-fridge with snacks and drinks for the week.

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3. Skipping the bar.

I used to be someone who’d get blackout drunk pretty much every single weekend. It was something I looked forward to as a way of “letting loose” or “having fun.” But you know what’s actually way more fun? Not waking up every Sunday morning wanting to crawl into a hole because you’re deathly hungover and you’ve lost your wallet.

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So, for the longest time, I outsourced my taxes. As a teenager, my parents’ accountant let my brother and I file with them for free. And as I got older, I started using H&R Block, since they offer discounts for college students.

If I can do it, anyone can do it — and that’s true not just for taxes, but for adulting in general.

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Minimalism is a tool that can assist you in finding freedom
  • Freedom from fear.
  • Freedom from worry.
  • Freedom from overwhelm. Freedom from guilt.
  • Freedom from depression.
  • Freedom from the trappings of the consumer culture we’ve built our lives around.
  • Real freedom.

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Rigid Thoughts: Feeling Stuck In Negative Emotions

We get stuck in our emotions due to our spiralling mind, our fixation with old ideas and behaviours, our need to be always right, perfectionism and thinking in absolute terms.

When faced with strong reactive emotion, we are usually unable to understand that our emotions are dynamic and start acting like wind-up toys doing the same motions, not being aware of other possibilities and options.

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Neuroscience and mindfulness

The term "mindfulness" is about focusing on the moment. It is about embracing every moment of the day.

While being in the moment can be transformative, scientists still don't fully understand what happens in the brain when we practice mindfulness. What is known is just the tip of the iceberg.

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