Although you may think so at the time, youth doesn’t last forever. And before you know it, you’ll be immersed in the world of mortgages, pensions, life insurance and approaching middle age. But there are several steps you can take to help ease that transition…
20. Look after your teeth
Often skip that pre-bedtime brush after a night of partying? Well, it could be more than your teeth you’re harming. Failure to look after your chompers in your 20s and 30s could lead to gum disease and other general health calamities in your 40s and beyond. So make brushing and flossing a must-do nightly ritual.
19. Stay on top of your healthcare
We may think we’re invincible in our 20s, but not all illnesses and health issues are age-associated. Make sure you keep up with all your vaccines and regular check-ups. Furthermore, keep in mind that even trivial health problems could be the start, or a symptom, of something altogether more serious, so make sure you see a doctor to catch things early.
18. Establish a good credit score
You may need the help of your parents with this one. Ask them to register for a joint credit card with you or put your name to an auto loan. That first car or first house, both of which rely heavily on a positive credit score, should then be much easier to come by.
17. Don’t waste time in a job you hate
Of course, this one is easier said than done. And sometimes other options may be far and few between. But if you find yourself stuck in a job that you dread waking up to each morning, try your best to seek something more fulfilling. You don’t want to spend your entire twenties counting down the hours to clock-off time.
16. Don’t hesitate to go for it
Your twenties may be the last time you’re able to just throw caution to the wind and take a risk. So, if there’s something you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t got around to doing so, then go for it. Likewise, if a new and exciting opportunity comes up then be ready to grab it. It could be the start of something awesome.
15. Don’t fear embarrassment
According to self-help author Paul Angone, “the possibility for greatness and embarrassment both exist in the same space.” So, sure, you may end up falling flat on your face at times. But who cares? At least you know you’ve given it a shot, and more often that not things will work out perfectly fine.
14. Face your fears
Whether you’re afraid of spiders, heights or public speaking, face your fear head on. Don’t spend your entire life avoiding something that may not turn out to be as scary as you first thought. Get through it and that next job interview or house move will seem like a piece of cake.
13. Save your skin
The temptation to hit the beach or park every time the sun comes out may be hard to resist. However, remember that today’s suntan can turn into tomorrow’s wrinkles. So try to avoid spending too much time catching rays, and make sure you always use sunscreen when you do.
12. Make time for family
It’s easy to take family members for granted. But unfortunately, they may not always be around. So cherish the moments you spend with them and make an effort to forge stronger bonds. When the going gets tough, it’s your family that are most likely to be there to offer guidance, acceptance and support.
11. Put effort into your friendships
While you may not be able to choose your family members, you can choose your friends. Make time for those who have always been there for you and they’ll likely continue in that role for many more years to come. Likewise, be there for them when they need your help, too.
10. Work out regularly
Whether it’s hitting the gym, the court or the pool, regular exercise can keep numerous major health problems such as heart disease at bay. It can also have a positive impact on your mental health, too. In fact, the endorphins released during physical activity can help boost your mood and lower the chances of depression.
9. Spend wisely
While you’ll inevitably want to splash out on all the things that twentysomethings usually splash out on, it also pays to save for the future. So try and squirrel away at least a little each month. It will come in super-handy when you’re making that big, life-changing purchase.
8. Explore your passions
Is there one particular activity you’ve always wanted to try? Or one special place you’ve always wanted to go? Or perhaps there’s an old hobby you want to pick up again? Well, your twenties are the perfect time to do so, before the thing called life gets in the way.
7. Cut out junk food
Yes, junk food is often the easiest – and the tastiest – option. But it’s also full of chemicals that can lead to problems in later life. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with the odd treat. But try and keep a balanced diet and you’ll reap the rewards in middle age.
6. Create lasting memories
Try to use your spare cash on experiences rather than material possessions. Actually doing something in the big wide world will create a much longer lasting impression than simply buying the latest gadget or fashion item. And it will also help you feel more content in your life.
5. Don’t live your life through social media
The disparity between the online world and the real world is often greater than you think. So don’t waste your time on social media presenting a false version of yourself just for the sake of likes and retweets. Be the real you, and perhaps more importantly, avoid living your life entirely through your phone.
4. Don’t settle just for the sake of it
Society has taught us that we must be happily married with kids, have the perfect job and basically have everything figured out by the time we hit 30. But there’s no need to conform to such pressures. Don’t enter into a new job or relationship just because you think nothing better will come. Time is still on your side.
3. Create a good life/work balance
It’s one of the hardest things to achieve, but a good life/work balance can make all the difference when it comes to your overall happiness. We all need to make a living, but don’t forget to make time for the more fun things in life, too.
2. Resolve any childhood issues
Don’t let something that affected you deeply while growing up affect you deeply for the rest of your life. Your twenties are the ideal time to try and deal with any inner conflicts. They won’t go away on their own.
1. Accept your regrets
Despite what social media may tell you, we all mess up sometimes. Moreover, it’s entirely natural to feel regretful over certain things whether you’re in your 20s or in your old age. Indeed, regrets can educate us and ensure we don’t make the same mistakes again.