Living in your twenties is full of excitement and adventure. There are so many possibilities of great things to come during this time. You may not realize it now, but you are in the fortunate position of being not quite an adult yet, but definitely not a kid and you should take full advantage of this.
Here are a few tips to help you conquer this pivotal period and live your best life in your twenties:
1. Take care of your body
Many of us take our health for granted in our young age only to regret it later on. Self-care is one of the most important things that you can do for yourself. You should strive to be the best version of yourself every day. Start with small steps like drinking the daily recommended amount of water and getting regular exercise. Not only is it important to your overall health, it can even alleviate PMS related symptoms during your time of the month. Schedule your annual physicals at both the physician and OB-GYN offices. Remember the importance of always speaking up when something doesn’t seem right. No one knows your body better than you.
2. Make your time of the month manageable
No woman ever enjoys their time of the month. For some women, periods can come with some nasty side effects. Learning to manage these symptoms can make a big difference in your ability to carry on with your everyday routine. Taking a bath, exercising, and certain herbal remedies can help make your cycles more manageable. Work with your doctors or a period coach to establish a healthy routine that fits your lifestyle best. Again, speak up when something doesn’t seem right. No period question is a dumb one. Your doctor will want to make sure any symptoms you experience aren’t caused by an underlying medical condition.
3. Get properly fitted for a bra
A study conducted, found that 80% of women are wearing the wrong size bra. More shockingly, the average woman’s bra size will change six times in her lifetime. Prolonged periods of wearing the wrong size can lead to negative health effects. Start a good habit while you’re young of getting professionally measured on a regular basis. Innovative bra companies, such as ThirdLove are helping to change the game by offering their professional fit expertise with a convenient online fit finder quiz you can take in the comfort of your own home.
4. Learn to Cook
Being able to provide for yourself is a gratifying feeling. Learning how to cook can be a fun experience too. Having this skill is a great way to impress a date or have your parents over for a nice meal. If you’re lacking skills in the kitchen, get creative with the learning process by taking a cooking class with your friends or trying a delivery meal kit service.
In today’s economy, it can be hard to give financially to a charity but donating your time is equally valuable. Millennials are actually proving to be one of the most charitable generations. Spending an hour each week helping out with a cause that you are passionate about can make a real difference in someone’s life. Volunteering has also proven to boost your self-confidence. Contact non-profit offices within your community to see what kind of opportunities they may have available.
6. Learn to change a tire
When you’re stuck on the side of the highway and your phone is dead, you’ll thank us for this one. Learning how to change a tire, or really anything basic about your car is important. When you go in for an oil change and they try to upsell you to the deluxe package, knowing what your car actually needs and doesn’t need will help save you money.
7. Become comfortable being alone
More women need to learn how to embrace being alone and actually enjoy doing it. Infatuating love and terrible heartbreak are normal human experiences, but it’s the lesson we take from that which we learn most from. Learning to be independent will take you far in life. You don’t need to rely on anyone for your own happiness. Go to a movie or a restaurant alone and force yourself to put your phone down. Eat a carton of ice cream to yourself in bed because you want to, not because it’s what you think you should do when you’re sad or heartbroken. Enjoy being in your own presence.
8. Travel often
This is the best time of your life to go on new adventures. Whether you’re exploring other countries, going on a road trip of your own country or simply going a few towns over. There’s no better time in your life to travel than now. Once you have children, traveling becomes a much bigger hassle than packing up a small suitcase and spontaneously jumping on the next flight out. Spending your money on experiences will almost always outweigh spending it on material items.
9. Focus on Your Financial Future
Investing in a secure financial future for yourself is best when started young. Opening a savings account, paying off your student loans, and setting a monthly budget are all steps in the right direction. There is a multitude of different mobile apps that can make tracking your finances easier. You can also set up alerts for overspending on specific categories or when it appears someone else has used your card. When you get your first job, start investing in a retirement plan that will benefit you the most when retirement age comes around.
10. Try new things
Always be open-minded about every experience you encounter. Trying new foods, learning about new cultures/religions, and taking risks are a part of finding yourself. Go into everything adventure without any expectations. There is something to learn from everything you do. Having a broadened perspective of the world will help to make you a well-rounded person.