Your early twenties aren’t usually the time to plan out the rest of your life. Freedom, first salaries, and a desire to find yourself can lead to tumultuous time for many. So, while you start your first job, move away from home, and create exciting new relationships, you can build great habits that’ll make a massive difference later in your life.
Here are some of the best things you can do in your early twenties that you’ll thank yourself for when you’re older.
Focus on creating healthy habits
Eating healthy, getting enough sleep, and exercising become much easier when they form part of a daily routine. When you try and cram them in after a difficult day, they become chores and just feel like more work. Focus on routines that make the rest of the day that much easier.
A balanced diet and regular exercise can help prevent heart disease, diabetes, obesity and much more. Your sleep schedule can impact your mental health, memory, and overall wellbeing, so getting enough rest is an essential part of a happy life.
It’s the little changes that add up to make a big difference.
Invest in yourself
“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” – Malcolm X.
An investment in your education in your twenties can truly pay off in the long run. Remember that education doesn’t just mean college or university. It’s about learning from every source you can find, and discovering what your passions are and what your purpose is. Purpose and fulfillment are a combination of what we do for ourselves and for the people around us.
Save now, reap later
A night out with friends is part of a balanced, happy life. However, the nights spent by yourself are a great way to put some money away. And because of the magic of compound interest, every little bit you save now will become a LOT of money by the time you reach retirement age.
Learning how to create a budget, how to save, and where invest can help you reach financial freedom. Something many people consider to be true freedom, because it enables you do to what you want, whenever you want.
Keep your friends close
We are social creatures. Good relationships with our friends and family are important to our mental and emotional health. It can reduce stress, boost your self-esteem, and provide a sense of belonging and community. If you don’t have these relationships, consider joining social clubs that share similar interests. No matter how obscure, you’ll find someone with a similar interest.
Self-care looks different for everyone. Self-care is a broad term but encompasses every bit of your life. It’s everything we’ve mentioned so far, and more. It’s about making time to just be yourself and relax, and to work. It’s about skin care, eating healthy, and nights out with friends. Figure out what matters to you and make time for it.
Your twenties can be an exciting, confusing, wonderful time. Every opportunity lies in front of you. Take them. Just remember to look out for yourself along the way.
Sources:The 8 Health Habits Experts Say You Need in Your 20s - The New York Times (nytimes.com)