As I go through the last few years of my twenties, I think a lot about where I was five years ago versus where I am, as well as where I will be a few years down the road. There are a lot of things from my early twenties that I am glad to have grown out of, as well as some habits I would still like to kick before 30, including these 6 habits to break in your twenties.
Not Getting Enough Sleep
I don’t think anyone actually gets enough sleep in college or their early twenties, and even once you’ve got a job that requires you to be up early, it can be difficult to adjust your evenings and get to bed at a more reasonable time. This is something that is still a big struggle for me because even though I don’t manage well on little sleep, I almost always end up staying up too late and regretting it in the morning.
One of the big mistakes I make in the evenings (and one I’m sure many others make as well) is that I tell myself I’m going to bed by a certain time, and then that’s when I actually start my pre-bed routine. But since that involves washing my face, brushing my teeth, getting my lunch and clothes ready for the next day, etc., I’m actually not getting to bed until quite a bit later. Instead, I should be starting those things early so they’re done by the time I want to go to bed.
Poor Money Management
I’m certainly no money management expert today, but I’ve come a heck of a long way in the last five years or so. I was pretty terrible with money in college, but just a few changes have gone a long way.
First of all, I stopped the constant impulse spending. Do I still make some impulse purchases today? Yes. But nothing like the amount I used to. I would spend way too much money on clothing that I would wear maybe once or twice, as well as eating out on a near-daily basis.
I also made a budget. And I actually stick to it. I didn’t budget at all in college, and frankly, I had no idea where the heck my money was always going. Now I set a spending limit for myself for every spending category. I almost always stick to it, and even in the months where I don’t, I at least know where the money went and why.
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Saying Yes to Everything
I’m a people-pleaser, so saying no is something I definitely struggle with. I literally get anxiety at the thought of letting someone down or having someone upset with me, so working on this one has been an uphill battle, but also really important since I balance a lot of different things going on in my life.
I’ve been most strict about this when it comes to blogging and being hypercritical of which opportunities are actually going to be beneficial for me and my blog. I get lots of emails about partnership opportunities, and almost all of them get turned down.
Overusing Social Media
I’m pretty sure we’ve all been with a group of friends and when you look around, you realize literally everyone is looking down at their phones, most likely checking social media. I’m all for social media, but not at the expense of real-life interaction with friends and actually being present in the moment. Seriously, Facebook can wait.
I also feel like the amount of social media we take in these days gives people some serious anxiety. People are posting their best moments on social media, and it can definitely make you self-conscious to scroll through Facebook and see everyone else’s accomplishments and exciting news plastered everywhere. It makes us feel like we’re falling behind, even though that isn’t the case.
Letting Stress Take Over
I’ve never been the best at managing my stress. In college, I was stressed just about all the time being a full-time student and working full-time. I would use that stress to my advantage as motivation to keep going, but eventually, I would burn out, and usually pretty badly.
Rather than letting stress control your life, your twenties are a great time to find some stress relief strategies that work for you. They’re definitely different for everyone. That might mean working out (whether it be something high impact like running or low impact like yoga), reading, or spending time outside.
One of my biggest challenges with stress over the past several years has been that in the past, writing has always been a great stress reliever for me. However now that I make an income off my blog and commit to writing regularly, it also adds some level of stress to my life. Because of this, I’ve had to find other ways to deal with that stress.
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Up until I was about 24, I had pretty terrible skin care habits. I almost never washed my makeup off at night and when I did, it was pretty much limited to a makeup remover wipe. I also didn’t moisturize or wear SPF. Looking back, it’s honestly surprising my skin didn’t look worse than it actually did! I’ve noticed a huge difference in my skin since I’ve started really focusing on taking care of it. Yes, my skincare routine takes a few extra minutes and costs a bit more, but it’s definitely worth it. Once you make it a regular habit, it’s so easy to stick with it. Now, literally, no matter how tired I am at night, my makeup is getting washed off before I go to bed.
Which of these habits are you still struggling with? And which have you managed to kick?