A lot of articles talk about habits to adopt with age and while that's important, I've found it's just as necessary to ditch certain habits as well. Your twenties are a time for experimenting, getting to know yourself, having fun and growing into a mature and confident person. You're also kind of stuck between being a kid and an adult, so it's really a time of transition!
Bad habits can be hard to break and while the rest of your life may seem pretty far away right now, the habits you fall into while you're young will have consequences later on. Here are seven bad habits to kick for good.
Not only is it unsafe (and expensive!), it's terrible for your body. As you get older, you start to realise there's no need to drink enough to get sick or not remember things - plus, the hangover the day after isn't worth it. I find that having a couple of drinks is enough to relax me without going overboard on my liver.
Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso says wisely in her book #GIRLBOSS that your money looks better in your bank account than on your feet. I've never been great at saving money, but I cringe when I think of how much money I've wasted on makeup, hair products, clothes and cocktails. Without a budget and tabs on how much I was spending, I threw away a LOT of money.
Have a separate bank account for your savings and contribute as much money as you can afford from your pay packet into that account and don't touch it!
Skimping on sleep
When you're growing your career, trying to fit in adult responsibilities as well as having fun, there's a lot to do other than sleep. But there are serious health impacts of not getting enough zzz's, like an increased risk of weight gain and obesity. I've found that my mind and body truly need at least eight hours, so I make it a priority.
Comparing yourself to others
The only thing that matters is what you do with your life and how you feel about it. The more you compare yourself to others, the more likely you are to experience doubt and feel like a failure. Who cares if your best mate just got engaged to her boyfriend and you've been single for the last four years? Everyone's journey is different.
Eating too much crappy food
When you're always busy and on the go, sometimes it's just easier to get takeaway for dinner rather than cook something reasonably healthy. In the long run though, a steady diet of processed food will make you feel (and look) like crap, which is a cycle you definitely don't want to find yourself in. Prep your own lunches at home and substitute dinner deliveries with home cooked meals.
Making excuses to not exercise
I've never been a massive fan of exercise, but I always feel sooo much better after I've been for a run. I sleep better, my mood is better and I find it really helpful in managing my anxiety. If you find it really hard to get motivated, get an exercise buddy or buy some cute new workout clothes.
Staying in toxic relationships
This extends to friendships as well - partners and friends should add value to your life, not make it worse. If you can break the habit of staying with toxic people in your twenties, you'll set yourself up for healthier relationships in the future.
Emma is just your average book loving, tea drinking, story writing, narcissistic millennial on an eternal quest for the perfect t-shirt. Ever since she picked up her first copy of Dolly when she was twelve, she always knew she wanted to work in magazines. She would describe herself as a bit of a hopeless romantic with an obsession for true crime and horror and a love for red wine, whiskey or a stiff gin and tonic. When she's not binge watching Netflix or buying things she can't afford online, she spends her weekends trawling through bookstores and eating her way through Brisbane.