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3 Skills You Should Learn (Even as an Adult!)

By Genevieve Cunningham

We learn a lot of skills growing up. We learn very simple tasks such as getting ourselves dressed and brushing our teeth. And we learn more complicated tasks such as schoolwork and taxes. Though we all learn different things at different paces, most of us grow up learning what we need to be a functioning adult. But there are a few things that slip through the cracks. And if we want to be as healthy -- mentally and physically -- as possible, there are a few things we need to learn even as adults. To help fill in some gaps, take a look at these three skills that you need to add to your to-do list today.


Swimming is a skill that everyone needs. Even if you don't intend on ever getting in the ocean or a lake or even a swimming pool, you really should know how to swim. It can be intimidating to take lessons as an adult, but put your pride aside and do what's necessary. Find a teacher who specializes with adults, and learn how to save yourself if you ever needed it.


Cooking is something we're supposed to learn when we're young. But since our world is becoming busier and busier, a lot of parents aren't able to teach their kids the basics. And once you miss the window, it's hard to catch up. But if you can learn to cook, you can save a ton of money and also your health! Home cooked meals are healthier. They're more nutritionally sound. And of course, it's so much cheaper. Luckily, there are a lot of resources for learning how to cook. Look for tutorials on the internet, ask your friends (or mom!), or check out a local class. Once you learn how to cook, you may love the variety it brings to your menu and your life.

Time Management

This is a skill that so many people never learn. Time management includes using your time wisely. It includes prioritizing your to-do list. If you learn it well, it makes life so much easier. So how do you learn this very important skill? You can take a professional development class, or you can simply do your research and use trial and error. It will take self-discipline and patience. It will require you to give up some habits and comfort. But if you can master this important skill, you'll be better off in every aspect of your life.

We don't always learn every skill that we need when we're young. Sometimes we miss out, and that's OK. Luckily, we live in a world with endless information and opportunities. Find a way to learn these skills, and you may be able to improve your health, your habits, and your life from here on out.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Alexandria, Va.

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