Live Better

7 signs you’re (sort of) an adult

It happens to all of us eventually.

1. Your house is clean

A messy floor-drobe used to be your style, but now you prefer your room tidy and your kitchen clean. Your mum might not be around to force you to do chores, but it’s okay because you do them anyway. Willingly! You even bug your housemates about doing them too. Who are you?

2. You buy nice appliances

The days of $7 toasters are over, because a grown up house needs grown up gadgets. You still wouldn’t pay full price for them, but come sales time you’re ready to pounce. Did you really need a $200 glass kettle? Of course not, nobody does. But it looks fancy and makes you feel like a boss, so you bought it anyway.

3. You can (sometimes) say no to a big night out

You still enjoy a good night out – but you’ve discovered moderation. You now know that guzzling wine on Sunday arvo means a killer hangover on Monday morning, and you suddenly want to start the week fresh. You might even swerve on a Saturday night out, because let’s be honest: dressing up is exhausting, the couch is comfy, and Netflix is basically free.

4. You’re always busy

Everyone’s always saying millennials can’t commit to anything – but just look how full your iCal is. Your social circle has shrunk, but you swear you’re busier than ever, and it’s getting harder to fit fun stuff in. That said, it’s now easy to ghost on plans with friends because they do it all the time too.

5. You’re better with money

Buying a house might be a way off, but at least there’s cash in the bank. You know how to budget so you can afford the occasional splurge, and you even pay the rent on time. You’ve got a few hundred bucks in an emergency online only fund, but you’re not quite adult enough to sort out your superannuation. And don’t mention the credit card…

6. You eat your greens

Being an adult means you can eat whatever you want, whenever you want. And if you wanna eat ice cream for dinner, then you’re gonna eat ice cream for dinner. It’s just going to be harder than it used to be to lose those extra ice cream kilos. And while you’re not quite a master chef, you now think takeaway is a treat, not a weeknight staple, and that pizza is a sometimes food. You can’t sous vide (who can?), but you can stir fry, and you know that a balanced meal doesn’t mean resting your plate on your stomach in front of the TV.

7. You keep (almost) healthy

These days you try to limit your coffee intake, exercise regularly and get to bed at a reasonable hour. You also talk a lot about how you try to limit your coffee intake, exercise regularly and get to bed at a reasonable hour. You drink more water than wine (at least on weeknights), and when you feel sick you go to the doctor. You still haven’t been to the dentist in years, but baby steps – you’ll get there.

Taking care of yourself gets easier with a simple, flexible health insurance policy. Medibank Healthy Start extras gives you a simple combined annual limit to use at any Member Choice provider, starting at just $11 a fortnight. Find out more.

Recommended Reading


Could an online mental health tool help you?

Black Dog Institute psychologist Dr Peter Baldwin explains. Read more


Chemo at home: Liam’s story

For Liam, having chemo at home has made all the difference. Read more


Staying alive down under

How to stay healthy in Australia. Read more


Worried that you’re gaining weight at Uni?

We’ve got simple pro-active approaches to a common issue. Read more


How to cope with winter sadness and depression

Psychologist Morag Paterson shares how to feel better. Read more


Does calling home make you more homesick?

Here are tips to deal with feeling homesick. Read more

youtubetwittersign-up-userArtboard Copynp_phone_503983_000000download_red4xdownload_red4x copyArtboardmember-offer-starLogoMedibank - Logo - ColourOval 5Instagram iconicon-editdownload_red4x copygive-back--spinesgive-back--moneygive-back--massagegive-back--likegive-back--jointgive-back--emailgive-back--dislikedownload_red4xdownload_red4xGroup 5filter-iconfacebookMobile Navcheckcarret-upcarret-rightcarret-leftcarret-downGroup Copy 2arrowarrow-circleanimated-tick