Adulthood has changed dramatically over the last 10, 20, 30 years and the effects are felt by many.

With social media taking over the world, house prices sky high, and the thought of settling down, getting a guinea pig and starting a family (of humans) seems more out of reach than ever before… and that’s without considering the pressures of succeeding at work and at home.

Fear not though, as this article will highlight a few key ways you can avoid the traps of adulthood and go into it with your head held high.

Check out these 5 tips and tricks on how to survive adulthood in 2020:

1. Get outside; the grass is greener out there!

Get outdoors, hug the trees, run your hands through the wildflowers. Or just sit in a park for a couple of hours. The child-to-adult scientific benefits of this are being proven over and over again.

Those young adults searching for suburbia and greenery may be doing the right thing for their mental health, although finding something within budget is another ball game entirely; more on that next!

2. Get yourself a financial advisor; you’ll thank us later

Money is a taboo subject; sometimes people would rather talk about almost anything else. But this avoidance can cause us to make poor financial decisions and miss out on enjoying our life to its fullest potential.

This is exactly where a financial advisor can help.

Ashley Ruffle is a financial advisor with Edward Jones, and wants to help each and every one of her clients achieve their goals and feel heard.

She strives for everyone she works with to feel informed, comfortable and as if they can shoot for the financial stars.

For the eighth year in a row, Edward Jones ranked “Highest in Investor Satisfaction with Full-Service Brokerage Firms” according to the J.D. Power 2020 Canadian Full Service Investor Satisfaction Study – so you know your money is in good hands.

3. Release yourself from the shackles of the internet 

It’s pretty safe to say that life in 2020 has been mainly based around social media and the internet. We use less and less books as our go-to fountains of knowledge and instead we seek advice and answers from Google.

The internet is a beautiful thing, it allows us to buy things, sell things, research things, connect with things and so on, but it can also be overwhelming at times.

Look to limit your time spent online if you can; do this by putting your phone/laptop/ipad/Apple Watch etc ‘to bed’ at 6 p.m. This will give you a minimum of 4 hours social-media free-time each evening.

4. Fill your time with things that fulfill you

Chat with your partner, bake a cake, floss your teeth, indulge in a bath, wash and blow-dry your dog, iron your bed sheets, grow a bonsai tree, write your grandma a thank you letter, meditate, stretch, go on a falk (fast walk), sniff the flowers.

Kiss goodbye to social media anxieties and say “nice to meet you real life.”

5. Let go of expectations and ‘failure’

This point kind of covers everything to do with being an adult in today’s world.

There’s a big focus on being ‘successful’ and we seem to use the word ‘failure’ too casually.

A huge amount of pressure is laid on to ‘succeed’ at life, whether it’s with friendships, family life, having kids, getting married or/and working your way up the career ladder.

If you can shift your view on failure, and see failures as small nudges towards something a little better, it will be great for your sanity.

If you’re looking to reach your financial goals this year (there are a few months left to do it!), contacting a financial advisor is the way to go.

You can give Ashley Ruffle a call at (250) 727-8685 or email her at ashley.ruffle@edwardjones.com for all of your money-related needs; that will at least take one thing off your plate this tumultuous year!

For J.D. Power 2020 award information, visit jdpower.com/awards