20 Healthy Habits For Your Twenties

Your greatest asset at the age of twenty, is your youth. You're finally figuring life out, and you've got nothing but time. This is when you should really start planning for your future, and making sure that you're setting yourself up for a long, happy, rewarding life.

Just because you're out of your teenage years doesn't mean you have to stop having fun. It really just means that you need to start taking care of yourself. After all, you're on your own.

now. As scary as that sounds, being on your own isn't necessarily a bad thing- it just means that you need to learn how to take care of yourself.

I spent my twenties envisioning who I wanted to be, and figuring out how I can become that person. It called for me breaking a lot of bad habits, cutting out some toxic people in my life, and getting into a healthy daily routine. Now, five years into my metamorphosis, I feel confident labeling myself as a fully functioning adult. Confident enough to share with you just how I got here.

Here's a list of 20 healthy habits that I adopted in my 20s. I encourage you to read through them with an open mind and an open heart and maybe start adopting some of these habits on your own:

1) Don't Keep Junk Food In Your House

Stop buying junk food. You work hard for your money; spend it on food that keeps you alive. My rule of thumb is to spend the majority of my shopping trip in the produce department. You'll feel good about yourself, and you'll feel good in general once you start eating right. Once you start eating healthy, you'll feel a difference, and you'll wish you stopped eating junk years ago. So learn to love nourishing your body! It will thank you in the end.

2) Drink A Lot Of Water

We hear this over and over again, "Drink water!" People have been telling us this since we were little, and for some reason it is so difficult to get into the habit of actually doing it. I agree, drinking enough water is not easy, but it should be. Force yourself to drink water. If you think about water- drink it. If you see water- drink it. Place bottles of water all around your house if you have to. You'll sleep better, and your skin will be radiant.

3) Wash Your Face At Least Once A Day

Yes we all heard that Shawn Mendes doesn't wash his face. But as hot as he is, don't take his advice. Washing your face goes hand in hand with drinking water- if you do both, your face will glow. You don't need any fancy expensive products, just the basics:
  • Face Wash (I use Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser)
  • Toner (I use Neutrogena Pore Refining Toner)
  • Moisturizer (I finish it off with Ponds face cream)
You can add whatever fancy eye creams and whatever else you want into your regimen, but make sure you at least have the three basics above.

4) Make Your Bed Every Morning

The science behind why you should make your bed every morning is compelling. Your bedroom is the first environment you're in at the start of each day. Making your bed before you leave your room in the morning puts you in control of that environment. If you do this, you're more likely to be in control of every other environment you're in the rest of the day. #Truth

5) Step Out of Your Comfort Zone As Often As Possible

If you're one of those people that lives in a bubble, it's time to pop it. Do not miss your twenties because you're living your life in fear. I'm not telling you to go skydiving or mountain climbing. It could be simpler than that. Has your fear of flying kept you from seeing the world. Get on a plane! Scared to ask someone out because it makes you feel vulnerable? Who cares, just do it! Socially awkward? Keep reading...

6) Force Yourself To Be Social

If you feel like you're becoming a home body, it's probably time to make some moves. You're a human, and humans are designed to be social creatures. So go be a social creature!
  • Join a kickball league
  • Take a cooking class
  • Host a wine night
  • Don't have friends? Go to the park/beach/bar and make some
It's okay to be alone, and to want your alone time. But don't set yourself up to be alone forever.

7) Learn To Love Working

You got a long life ahead of you, child. And you're going to be working your ass off for most of it. So learn to love your job. If not your job, learn to love working at least. If you're not happy with your current career path, find something that excites you. Just get in the habit of waking up early, making a solid effort at progressing your career, and feeling good doing it. Remember, you have bills to pay... and you always will.

8) Clean Your House A Little Bit Each Day

We're messy. We cook, we do laundry, we pack, we unpack, we drink, we spill, we eat, we spill. Get in the habit of picking up after yourself and clean a little bit each day. If you take a few minutes every day to tidy up your home, it won't ever get to the point where you have to contemplate burning the place down because it's such a hell hole. A little cleaning a day keeps the dust bunnies away.

9) Drink Tea

Tea is healing in so many different ways. There is honestly a tea out there for everything:

  • Need to wake up? Tea
  • Feeling sick? Tea
  • Want clearer sking? Tea
  • Want to fall asleep? Tea
  • Want to live longer? Tea
  • Dog pooped on the floor? Tea
I bet Shawn Mendes drinks a sh*t ton of tea and that's why he doesn't have to wash his face. #AndThatsTheTea.


10) Save Money

Saving money when you're young is extremely helpful down the road. The sooner you start saving, the better. I get it, we're in our twenties and money is hard to come by at this age. But whatever you can save, even if it's only $5 a week, can really start to add up quickly. There are so many reasons to start saving money ASAP:
  • You'll have money saved up for emergencies and unexpected expenses
  • Your savings account will accrue interest, which can help if you're planning on retiring a millionaire
  • You could have a hefty down payment for a house earlier on in your life
  • Increase your net worth

11) Schedule Doctor Appointments Regularly

Ignorance is not bliss. If you're afraid of going to the doctor's office because you think he's going to tell you something horrible, you need to get over that fear. Learn to put your health first. Being proactive about your health, and taking preventative measures is a lot less scary than ignoring your health for years. Get in touch with all of your doctors as soon as possible:
  • Family Physician
  • Dentist
  • Eye Doctor
  • Gynecologist
  • Dermatologist
  • Gastrologist

Make sure you schedule all of your appointments- mommy isn't going to do it for you anymore.

12) Don't Let Your Love Life Define You

As Taylor Swift once said, "It's miserable and magic", and she wasn't wrong. Dating in your twenties is exciting, and also very heartbreaking. Being rejected, or being told that someone no longer loves you can be terribly painful and can take a toll on your mental health. Unfortunately, the truth is you're bound to be rejected at some point in your life. But you should not let this define you as a person! No matter how many times you get rejected, or cheated on, or dumped, or divorced... never let your love life define who you are as a person. 

Love yourself - Define yourself.

13) Learn To Say "No"

Peer pressure was cool when we were kids, but not now. Was it? I don't really remember. But we're adults! Enough of the peer pressure! Don't EVER be shamed into doing something you don't want to do, or something that you don't have the money to do. Say "No". And feel good about it. You're not lame in my book for saying "No".

Saying "No" is usually a lot less expensive than saying "Yes".

14) Talk About Your Feelings

You've heard it before- don't bottle up your feelings. But this time, actually listen to this advice:

Do (clap) Not (clap) Bottle (clap) Up (clap) Your (clap) Feelings.

Talk about them. Talk about them all the time. Talk about them until you lose your voice. Humans are wired to feel deeply. We love so hard, and hurt so hard- we need to talk to one another about our emotions. Talk to anybody that will listen, and if nobody wants to listen, write about your emotions. Whatever you do, do not keep them locked in.

15) Meditate

We live in such a fast paced world. Always trying to keep up. Keeping up with the bills, the deadlines, the Kardashians. We spend so much time running around, and we miss so much. Our minds never stop analyzing, and over analyzing every little thing in our lives.

Treat yourself and your mind to some peace and tranquility whenever you have time. Light a few candles, get into a comfy position, make some tea, turn your phone off, close your eyes, and just shut off your mind. Shut it off completely. You deserve time to connect with yourself. Meditation can help you reconnect with your senses, your body, your mind, and your soul. It can be difficult at first to be so disengaged from the rest of the world, but once you get the hang of it, it's life changing.

16) Keep Your Phone Away From Your Bed

Your phone is a stress inducer. Whether you like it or not, it is. We look at our phones for all kinds of stressful information:
  • Texts
  • Emails
  • 6 missed calls from mom
  • The News
  • "He unmatched with me!"
  • Donald Trump
  • Netflix is raising their membership fees again
Your phone will never let you sleep. If you feel compelled to look at your phone at night, do not do it in your bed. Your bed is for sleep and for sex. Not for your phone. Your bed is a no phone zone. If you use your phone as an alarm clock, it can sleep on your nightstand in do not disturb mode. #NoPhoneZone

17) Read The News

Our inner circle is important to us, and we're obsessed with stalking our family and friends on social media. Although it's important to know what's going on in your friends' and family members' lives, remember it's also important to understand what's going on in the rest of the world- beyond your facebook timeline.

I'm not saying you need to get into politics and watch people argue over which candidate is less likely to bring on a third world war. I'm just saying that it's good to be in the know. Not only will you have a better understanding of the world around you, but you'll be able to hold intellectual conversations with people. Wouldn't it be cool if you actually knew what was going on for a change?

18) Use Sunscreen

I get it. Everyone wants a #BeachBod , but there is a right way and a wrong way to get tan. Going out in the sun with no protection on so you can "get one good burn in" before you get tan, is the wrong way. 

Your skin is beautiful and delicate- don't damage it for the rest of your life. Choose to be a little less tan while you're young, and you'll have beautiful skin without wrinkles when you're older. Your tan today could mean wrinkles tomorrow, and sometimes even cancer. So please be careful and always remember:
  • Use SPF 30+ any time you're in the sun
  • Learn to check the UV index like you check the weather
  • You can get sunburnt in your car, so apply before you drive
  • Apply sunscreen to your face daily, no matter what

19) Take The Steps

When given the choice between the escalator or the steps-- always take the steps. Not only will you get some extra steps in for the day, but you can look at all of the lazy people on the escalator as you race them to the top. And they can watch you too, lookin' all cute and fit taking the steps. #winning

20) Love yourself

Unconditionally



Have any healthy habits that you think every twenty-something should follow? Share below!

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