Tips for College Graduates Transitioning to the Working World
Now that you've graduated from college and landed your first full-time job, you may have mixed emotions about jumping into the workforce.
Starting a “nine to five" schedule can be a tough transition; and it takes some time to get used to this new phase of life. You'll likely have to change a few lifestyle habits that were second nature to you when you had plenty of free time in college.
To set you up for working-world success, put into practice these simple changes to your everyday routine to help ease your transition into this chapter of adulthood.
Establish Consistent Sleeping Habits
You'll need to make sleep a top priority. Gone are the late nights spent studying or staying out late with friends. Our Mattress Firm team totally understands pulling back on the nights out sucks, but trust us. It's for the best.
It's time to get accustomed to going to bed around the same time every night, so you can get adequate rest in order to perform your best during the work day. According to National Sleep Foundation experts, young adults need between seven to nine hours of quality sleep per night.
Also, be sure to power off all electronics an hour before going to sleep and develop a wind-down routine. These strategies will allow you to sleep better at night and feel rested in the morning, just in time to start your day.
Develop a Healthy Lifestyle
Getting in your workout before heading to the office has many benefits, including energy throughout the day and restful sleep at night. Don't skip out on exercise – simply figure out what works best for you and stick to it.
Making healthy choices during mealtimes can also have a huge impact on your overall health. Junk food can leave you feeling sluggish and tired, especially when the late afternoon hits. Reach for fruits and vegetables instead of an extra donut in the lunchroom.
Be sure to schedule some downtime into your busy schedule, too. Taking time for yourself can help you cope with stresses of your new workforce lifestyle. Journal, meditate or simply relax at home alone. These are all ways to unwind at the end of a deadline-filled day.
Plan Ahead for Success
If you bring your lunch to work, set aside time the night before to prepare it. Also, eliminate the hassle of figuring out what to wear by laying out your clothes for work the night before. This will save you time in the morning, allowing you to focus on getting a nutritious breakfast to jump-start the day.
Finally, write down your personal and work to-do lists for the next day before laying your head down on the pillow. This will help you get a good nights sleep. Speaking of your pillow, our Mattress Firm employees, at any Mattress Firm location can help you find the right pillow for you if you are looking for a pillow update.
Enjoy Your Time Off
Whether you're living in a new city or have roots close to home, explore different parts of town – try out a new restaurant, go to happy hour with friends or venture out to new attractions. The goal is to get you out of the house on your time off and experience activities that you enjoy.
Transitioning to the “real world" can be tough at times. Trust us we've been there! By forming healthy lifestyle habits early in your career, you'll be setting yourself up for a more peaceful home and work life.