It’s often said that when you’re in your twenties, you’re always on the hunt for a job, an apartment, or a significant other—sometimes all three. Twenty-something women, thrust into the constant hustle and bustle of the modern workforce, have a lot cut out for us. With so much to juggle, it can be easy to let self-care fall by the wayside in the process.
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No matter how busy your schedule, you should always make some time for yourself. If you’re looking for ways to take better care of yourself now that you’re well into your twenties (and starting to feel it), look no further—we’ve learned these the hard way, just for you.
Living a healthy lifestyle is the first step towards taking proper care of yourself in your twenties. There are innumerable benefits to eating well other than weight loss.
Consider switching to a plant-based meal plan to ease you in the right direction. Studies have shown that a diet low in carbs and high in veggies can improve your sleep, energy levels, and cognitive functions. Not only is it the perfect way to jump-start your health, it’s also a fun way to try out some new recipes and explore different dishes and flavors.
Invest in Skin Care Now
Taking care of your skin will climb higher and higher on your priority list with age. But the decisions you make now will definitely affect you (and your skin) later. Do your future self a favor and be thoughtful about your skin-care routine now.
Luckily for you, it’s easier than you think to get started on crafting your own routine, even if you’re unsure of where to start.
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First, do your research and talk to your dermatologist about your skin type and needs. Then invest in a nourishing moisturizer with a sufficient level of SPF. Next, through a little experimentation, find your go-to detoxifying face mask so that you have it on hand when you need it most. Last but not least, get sufficient sleep. Believe it or not, sleep has a big effect on overall skin health, but more on that later.
The best thing about skin care is that there are no rules in the game—you are free to take what you like and leave what you don’t. We know the many stresses that come with this stage of adulthood. Finding your perfect skin-care routine doesn’t have to be one of them. Just know, if you don’t start now, it's likely to show later.
Get Adequate Sleep
Young adults need an average of seven to nine hours of sleep each night. Yet, sleep deprivation has been deemed a public health issue in the United States with 50 to 70 million Americans falling victim to sleep disorders.
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Sleep is vital to our overall health and wellness. In fact, lack of sleep has been tied to an increased risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. If you are logging less than seven hours of sleep each night, take a look at your sleep health from a holistic point of view.
Take a look at your sleeping structure and position. Are environmental factors such as light, temperature, noise interrupting your sleep? If you struggle to fall asleep at night, create a wind down routine that begins about an hour before bed. Dim the lights, stash the screens, draw a bath, whatever it takes to help prep your mind and body for sleep.
Do What You Love
You’ve heard the saying before: “Do what you love, and the money will follow.” While that might not always be true, self-fulfillment far outweighs any amount of money you could make.
Finding what direction you want to take can be daunting. But it’s a good time to remind yourself that you’re only in your twenties and the possibilities of what you can offer to the world are endless.
Don’t be afraid to seek out career advice from those you admire. If you’re unsure of where to start, begin by identifying your passions and your strengths. Then find where they intersect. The answer won’t come overnight, but your calling will be revealed little by little.
There is no road map for navigating life in your twenties. However, one certainty is that reaching your potential starts with taking better care of yourself now. Take some time to focus on yourself today—thirty-something and beyond you will thank you.