If you’re in your 20s, it may have dawned upon you by now that a lot of what you did in your teenage years has determined where you are right now in life. Hence, it serves as a no-brainer that a large chunk of what you do in your twenties will largely influence the rest of your life to come.
Today you hold the power to influence your tomorrow. And we don’t want you to waste it,
.which is why we bring you a list of 10 important life lessons that will help you cruise through your 20s. Check these out below:
All the wealth in the world is useless if you don’t have your health.
Don’t take your health for granted especially in your twenties. You’re not always going to be the young, agile adult that you know today. By neglecting your health, you are lining yourself up for deadly diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease and abnormal blood sugar levels.
a) Eat Healthy
MyPlate which is the current nutrition guide released by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) advocates 30 percent grains, 30 percent vegetables, 20 percent fruits and 20 percent protein, accompanied by a smaller circle representing dairy, such as a glass of low-fat/nonfat milk or a yogurt cup.
Make sure to do cardio and weight training while your body is at its strongest.Vanessa Carver a personal trainer at Pillar Performance in Encinitas whose extensive clientele includes professional ice-skaters and dancers encourages a diversity of cardio that pushes your body’s limits. She also strongly advocatesweight training to build muscle definition, not to mention bone density, which will be crucial for staying active later on and preventing osteoporosis.
c) Stop Smoking
Tobacco smoking is the leading preventable cause of death and disease in the U.S. with more than 400,000 deaths each year. Further, University of California (UCLA) found the greater a teen's addiction to nicotine, the less active an area of the brain known as the prefrontal cortex (PFC) became.
Research suggests that smoking begins in teen years. About 80 percent of adult smokers became addicted by the age of 18.
There are alot of reasons why you should stop. So, stop!
d) Quit or Limit Your Alcohol
Alcohol centeredtragedies involving young people have become too common. From DUI’s to deadly car accidents, violence and alcohol poisoning – you’re at a risk if you drink too much. According tothe National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism“research consistently shows that people tend to drink the heaviest in their late teens and early to mid-twenties”.
The report adds, that, “Young adult drinkers pose a serious public health threat, putting themselves and others at risk.”
Stop Being So Angry
In the spur of a bad situation, anger is inevitable. (Unless you’ve reached some Zen state) But to hold on to anger and harness it is absolutely futile.
Don’t Commit To That Which You Cannot Deliver
There’s nothing worse than empty commitments. You’re not only tarnishing your reputation but are alsoeffectively making room for self-complacency and a future list of unrealized goals. Don’t bite off more than you can chew.
Don’t be stingy when it comes to buying healthy foods. Don’t be too openhanded when it comes to fine dining, partying and boyfriends and girlfriends. There’s no end to how much you want to spend on these. You won’t realize where the money went.
Lose Toxic Relationships
Whether it’s an abusive boyfriend/ girlfriend or a self-destructive friend, at one point, you need to distance yourself from people who are their own worst enemies before they become yours too.
Read a book whenever you get some spare time.
Knowledge Knows No Limits
Never get too comfortable with the amount you think you know.
Don’t Be Didactic
No one likes a know-it-all. Your words may be coming from a good place. At the end of the day, we all chose our own courses. You may not agree with some people’s take on life and they may not care much for yours either. So, don’t be judgmental. Live your life and remember: to each their own.
Remember, the world is your oyster. Pave the path towards a gratifying future.