In the Tough Twenties series, I’m  interviewing young adults, answering questions submitted by listeners, and sharing resources and tips related to thriving in young adulthood and beyond. Whether you’re an adolescent or a young adult in your twenties, or you’re parenting a young adult, I know you’ll be encouraged by this series.

In this episode my daughter Charlotte, age 25, and I talk about one area that can be challenging during the transition to adulthood – taking care of health. This episode was motivated by the following listener question:

How do I manage the transition from college to the “real world”?

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“We all are allotted 24 hours in the day, and we’re choosing how we spend every one of those hours…What are you doing in some of those hours that you could cut down on slightly?”

Foundational Habit #1: Sleep

“Going to bed early is sleeping in for adults.”
Laura Vanderkam, Why You Need a Bedtime (Harvard Business Review)

“For adults, getting less than seven hours of sleep a night on a regular basis has been linked with poor health, including weight gain, having a body mass index of 30 or higher, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and depression.”
How many hours of sleep are enough for good health? Mayo Clinic

“Experts recommend that adults sleep between 7 and 9 hours a night. Adults who sleep less than 7 hours a night may have more health issues than those who sleep 7 or more hours a night.”
How Much Sleep is Enough? National Institute of Health

Foundational Habit #2: Nutrition

Eat your breakfast!

Managing blood sugar

Foundational Habit #3: Exercise

“Find an exercise routine that you enjoy and that’s fun for you.”

“Call a friend while you’re on a walk.”

“Find something to get your body moving, and if you can be outside and get some fresh air and vitamin D while you’re doing that, it’s even better.”

Foundational Habit #4: Manage Alcohol & Drug Use

“It’s important to evaluate what your relationship with alcohol is.”

Alcohol and Young Adults Ages 18 to 25, National Institute of Health

Related Posts & Episodes:

Ep. 180: [Tough Twenties] Charlotte, Age 25

Conversations Before College: Honest Talk about Alcohol

[ENCORE] Ep. 124: Promoting Mental Health with Dr. Jess Shatkin

Ep. 56: Off the Clock with Laura Vanderkam


@charchareats (Charlotte’s Holistic Health & Wellness Instagram)

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