20 things to start doing to make the most of your 20’s!
Where are all my post grads at? (holla atcha girl)
Confession time. I’m 22 ooh ooh (sorry, had to) and I don’t have it all together. I have passions but I don’t know how they will form a career. I miss college, my friends, my old life but I’m also really excited about creating a new one. I’m fairly unattached, except for my insecure golden retriever who won’t leave my side, so I could literally move anywhere and do anything I want to. Sometimes that’s what scares me the most, knowing the different paths I could take, and trying to figure out the right one. I’m learning that there really is no right answer and that’s ok! It’s ok to mess up and to fail.
You’re 20’s are the time for figuring out how to navigate through the world, make mistakes and establish yourself as an actual human. It’s a time to figure out what’s important to you, what to spend your time on and how to find your passion. It’s a time for dating different kinds of people to figure out what qualities you desire in a partner, but also a time to perfect your independence.
There are so many things we’re told we should or shouldn’t do in our 20’s. Things were supposed to have mastered by now and things we still need to work on. Navigating through the awkward post-grad years can be as confusing as heck and be a cause for a lot of anxiety, stress and unhappiness. But it shouldn’t have to be, here are some tips for making your post grad transition a little smoother!
1. Drink a huge glass of water every morning
75% of people are dehydrated. Don’t become a statistic! Drink a giant glass of water first thing in the morning to rev up your metabolism and hydrate your cells for better skin and more energy.
2. Spend time outdoors
Nature has been proven to be good for your health by lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, increasing your outlook on life and reducing stress Take a few minutes everyday to breathe some fresh air. Even if it’s taking a walk during your lunch break or a quick jog around the block.
3. Cut down on screen time
There is way too much going on in the world to waste it while glued to your electronics. Practice leaving your phone at home, waiting an hour before checking your phone in the morning and limiting your computer time to live more in the present.
Life is too short to hold grudges. Let go of what you can’t change and move forward.
5. Eat more greens
Nourish your body with whole foods that actually make you feel good because no one feels good after demolishing an entire pizza.
6. Learn how to say “I’m Sorry”
And actually mean it! You’re a full-fledged adult now so take responsibility for your actions, apologize and actually try to live better and more intentionally!
7. Ditch your high school/cheap college wardrobe
If you’re anything like me and haven’t grown since 10th grade #5footandfabulous, you still have several articles of clothing from your high school years and even more from your college-budget rendezvous at Forever21. Now that you’re an adult its time to ditch the crop tops and the jean shorts. Focus on “adulting” your wardrobe by buying classic, simple pieces that will land you that dream job and stop people from thinking you’re still 16.
8. Start saving money
Start off simple and put $20 dollars from every pay check in savings. Start paying off loans, credit cards etc, and save for your future. You’ll be glad you did.
9. Spend money on experiences not things.
Invest in exploring the world because you can’t put a price on the things you will experience while traveling. Go camping with friends, have a picnic, create memories that you won’t forget, unlike that pair of shoes you’ve worn twice.
10. Live outside of your comfort zone
Stop being afraid of the unknown, get out there and live.
11. Find a type of exercise you actually enjoy
Exercise is THE BEST thing you can do for yourself. It will prevent oodles of health problems, make you sleep, eat and feel better. So JUST DO IT. Just like you brush your teeth, shower and eat everyday, add working out to the list and spend a little time everyday improving your health. It takes about 21 days to form a habit, so stick it out, make it fun, push yourself and get your booty in shape!
12. Invest in people
Invest your time and energy into the important friendships in your life. We aren’t meant to navigate through life on our own, we are meant to do it together! So share your life with someone, laugh a lot and be yourself. Lift up a friend with encouraging words by sending them a note or text. Take time to be intentional with people and you will find that your relationships will deepen and your life will become even more fulfilling.
13. Let go of negative things/people in your life
There’s too much negativity in this world and adding to it will only bring you down. When you cultivate positive thoughts it will permeate through your entire soul and to all the people around you. If there’s a toxic habit or friendship that is bringing you down, learn to let it go and focus on the positive aspects of your life!
14. Spend money on healthy food
Its more than painful seeing the grand total on the register at whole foods, I get it, but would you rather spend a bit more money on healthier and fresher ingredients now OR pay for medical bills and health problems later? Your pick. Here’s a great article on how to save money at health food stores.
15. Stay informed
Staying more informed about what’s going on in the world will help you to be more aware and maybe even give you some topics to talk about at happy hour. I LOVE to start my day with reading theSkimm (and drinking coffee of course).
16. Start taking care of your skin
Skin cancer is so not cute. Make sure to apply sunscreen every morning and moisturize at night. You will prevent sun spots and maybe even a few wrinkles.
17. Make your bed, do your dishes, fold your laundry
Your mom isn’t there to yell at you or do it for you so now’s the time to start doing this on your own. In college you can get away with letting the sink pile to the ceiling with last weeks cereal bowls, but now that you’re an adult its time to clean up your act. Having a clean living space will help your mood, stress levels and impress anyone who happens to stop by!
18. Get enough sleep
You’re not as young as you used to be…and your body won’t bounce back from all-nighters like it did in college, especially when you have to be at work at 8 am the next morning. Make sure you get 7-8 hours of sleep each night and wake up feeling more rested and refreshed!
19. Organize your life
Make to-do lists, do them, pay your bills on time, make your deadlines, respond to emails, etc. Live with intention and live up to your words, so people can trust and depend on you.
20. Stop being afraid and LIVE.
You only have 10 years in your 20’s so live them well. You don’t have to have it all together but you should try your best to live intentionally, think of others and better this world we live in. Everybody is busy,
happy free confused and lonely at the same time, everyone can make excuses and mistakes, but not everyone tries to move on from them, to make time for people and go the extra mile for someone. Be that someone today.