Adulthood and Work
This section looks at the time after leaving education, into and through adulthood up to the time retirement becomes a real option – around sixty for some people.
When we reach adulthood we have to take on responsibilities – one of these is often having to earn money to support your family. This can include working – sometimes this is fulfilling, often it isn’t – it’s something we have to do to provide.
Not many people are lucky enough to work somewhere they enjoy – but a lot of it is about attitude.
“Don’t count the days – make the days count.” – Muhammad Ali
Information on working and adulthood
There are a lot of things we need to know to function fully as a grown up person, and often our school (and college) days leave us not knowing enough. Explore the journey through Adulthood and working life. Click on the buttons on the roadmap to see more on that subject.
This section discusses changing from an adolescent to an adult. [Transitioning]
It covers the type of work you might do – ranging from academic through to part time work. [Brain or brawn]
It covers the best time, when you’re supposed to be at your peak. [Making Hay]
There’s also a voyage of discovery – learning about yourself. [Know yourself]
Then there’s preparing for the next stage of life. [Life begins at forty]
Finally something you must consider [Making a will]
If we have had a good to average first stage this is a good platform for Adulthood and working life. This is where you forge your life and develop your future. It is also often the stage in which extremes or excessive behaviour starts to kick in, be it excessive drinking, smoking, socialising, sports, or work.
Whilst during this stage especially at the younger ages we think we are invincible and nothing can stop us; sadly this isn’t the case. Often excessive anything at this stage of life will certainly come back big time in the healthy ageing into retirement.
When we are in our twenties we very rarely see the effects of binge drinking, other than a bad head, but when we are 45 and don’t feel well and visit the doctor we find we have a fatty liver and need to change our LIFEstyle.
Sometimes in our twenties we work 12 hours a day 7 days a week and do this until 40. Yes we may have built up our wealth and surrounded ourselves with a host of materialism but at 45 we have a heart attack because we focused purely on work and not on life balance, diet, and physical health.
You may have played Rugby or any sport from 12 until 40 but if you do it to excess you can guarantee you will wear your bones and body out. The shock time comes when you’re 50 and need new hips, knees at best at worst you make have worn your spine out because you pushed it too hard.
The key LIFEstyle indicator during this stage of life is balance. Not Boring, but not Crazy either. Those who take a balance to this part of their lives will stand a better chance of living longer in retirement.
The Government is looking to support healthy living in the workplace. Local councils will be working with partnerships, employers and organisations to create better working conditions that suit individuals more. Flexible working, working from home, taking into consideration their employees wellbeing. Encouraging organisations to have a physically healthier workforce, increasing mobility and activity and encouraging healthy eating and considerate drinking. Providing support and being more aware of mental health issues. Creating a social environment whereby individuals can be encouraged to get involved.
They want to encourage everyone to lead a balanced life and avoid excessive behaviour that not only puts a strain on the individual but also on the health system in the long term. Eating healthily, doing regular exercise, not smoking and moderate alcohol intake are all key.
We have a number of Drives in this area. Some of them are shown below – click on the buttons below.