Navigating your way through your 20s

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Time really moves fast, weren’t you just 16 the other day? The transition from your teenage years to your 20s is an interesting one. Your 20s are all about finding yourself and figuring out where you place is in the world. You’ll go through awkward phases including breakups, career changes or money woes. But that’s all in a day’s work in the life of a twenty-year-old. You’ll experience emotional highs and lows. But don’t sweat the small stuff, life is too short. Make sure you make the most of these years and embrace all the things you’ll experience in your 20s.

Walk your own path

If you make a choice which goes against what everyone else thinks that’s okay. The world won’t stop turning. Sometimes in life, you’ll have to make unpopular decisions which go against what your parents or friends think. It may be deciding that a certain career is not for you or you may break up with someone who everyone thinks is perfect. In order to be happy you need to do what is best for you. You can’t please people all the time, and you only have one life to live so you should make the most of it.

Put your phone down

Take a social media detox. It’s all too easy to get sucked into the world of social media.  And let’s admit it, most 20-year-olds are addicted to social media. It’s fun to see what your friends are up to and to post your latest selfie. But sometimes you need to put your phone down and break away from it all for a while. Taking a break from, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram can help you focus on yourself and your goals. When you’re constantly on social media you open up yourself to a world of comparisons which could lead to anxiety.

Apartment

When you’re in your 20s you’ll hopefully be able to cut the apron strings and find your own place to stay. You’ll have the responsibility of furnishing your place and picking out your own curtains and bedding sets. This is a fun and exciting time because you’ll be making big and small decisions for yourself, all by yourself. But don’t get carried away by all the hype and excitement. Make sure the apartment you pick is in a safe neighbourhood and close to work so you don’t have to travel far every day.

Move on from bad relationships

When you’re stuck in a bad relationship you’re only hurting yourself. Your 20s are about growing up and learning from your mistakes. Staying in relationships that no longer serve you will hurt you in the long run and are a waste of your time.

Save your money

When you’re young you probably can’t picture yourself old and with wrinkles. And saving up for your retirement fund might be the last thing on your mind. But investing your money will help you grow your nest egg and prepare you for your future. Your mentality should not be that you’ll cross that bridge when you get there, you should start right now.

Cut down on the spending

Exciting gadgets, the latest designer clothes and going out every weekend all have one thing in common: they can leave you broke. You don’t need to go shopping every month or buy takeouts at work every day. Make sandwiches at home and save your pennies. Cutting down on costs no matter how small they are can make a huge difference

Take care of your health

You need to do regular check-ups on your health. When you’re young and full of life the last thing that is on your mind is going to the doctor for regular checkups. But a lot of illness can be cleared up by early detection. It is important that you go to the doctor for a yearly checkup to see if you’re still healthy.

Exercise

You might think you’ll always have a strong, healthy and toned body but soon life will catch up with you. Heading out to the gym can be tedious if you’re not a gym fanatic. But it’s important that you do regular exercises. Maintaining fitness over time is important for your health and overall well-being. If you’re not a fan of the treadmill and the gym then find other ways to keep fit. Try out swimming, dance classes or join a hiking club.

Your 20s are likely filled with finishing your studies, choosing new career ventures, and exploring the world. It’s in your 20s when you can spend time discovering yourself.