Hi! It is definitely difficult to develop life skills. I know I struggled with this a lot growing up. I couldn't budget, had different cleaning habits than my roommates, was just a mess! Through trial and error I feel as though I have definitely accommodated to being an adult and using life skills to support me. I think the first step is thinking about it, so good job- you are already on your way. Life skills can be categorized in so many ways, but basically it is ways to deal with everyday life. If you have a supportive adult (30 years old and above ), they can be a great resource. There are also a lot of resources on the internet about budgeting, cleaning , and social life skills. I would recommend doing a lot of pre-planning and thinking about what areas of life skills you are interested in learning and breaking down the categories into smaller steps, so you can have a better grasp on what you want to learn.
Anna recommends the following next steps:
- Find a supportive adult (30 and above) to interview about life skills
- Think about the categories of life skills you want work on learning more about
- Break the categories into subcategories, smaller equals easier to manage
- Practice! Make fake budgets, go fake apartment shopping, set up a bank account, etc . . . The more you practice the easier life skills will be for you when the time comes