Taking Care of Yourself in Your Twenties

Allow me to be a bit dramatic and feel free to roll your eyes, BUT twenty-one feels way different than twenty ever did.

When you are 20 you were still a teenager just a few months ago, you’re only two years out of high school. Twenty-one is another story entirely. You go from being twenty, to being in your twenties.

All the sudden the fact that you’re an actual adult starts to sink in. When I was twenty I lived at home largely supported by my parents. Now I’m living halfway across the country supporting myself.

Your twenties is when your adult life really starts, and the decisions you make now can impact you far into the future which is why I’ve been really focusing on taking care of myself with a few of these methods:

Eating well

When I was in high school I worked in an ice cream shop. After every single shift I’d come home with either two scoops of ice cream or a hot fudge shake.

That’s not going to fly anymore. Not only am I not running 50+ miles a week, but that’s just not good for anyone regardless of exercise level. Now I cut out meat and dairy and feel better than I ever have.

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There are so many benefits that come along with a vegetarian diet, but I’ll just list a few:

  • You’ll reduce the risk of heart disease
  • You’ll reduce the symptoms of PMS
  • You’ll save mad dolla dolla bills, y’all
  • You’ll be more energetic
  • You’ll be helping to save the planet

Trust me when I say going vegetarian is easier than you might think, but if you aren’t ready to make that step consider partaking in meatless Mondays. You won’t get all of the health benefits of a vegetarian diet, but you’ll be a bit healthier in the long run.

Take your vitamins

If you’re not getting all of your vitamins from your food, make sure you’re taking vitamins. I have been using the Vitafive daily gummy vitamins for just about a month now and I’m head over heals.

They are gummy and delicious and customized to your own individual needs. A lot of the packs are vegan (mine are!) which is a great plus if you’re cruelty free.

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I have the beauty pack as it helps with skin and hair and I’ve been trying to grow my layers out. I take monthly update pictures and maybe it’s all in my head, but even about a week short of the month I feel like I’m seeing more hair growth in July than I did in May or June.

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Also, full disclosure: The gummies are actually good. I’ve had gummy vitamins before that taste like chalk. These taste like candy!

The Beauty Pack vitamins have Omega 3, Vitamin C, and Biotin, all designed to help with your skin, hair, and nails.

Interested in trying VitaFive vitamins? Use code ‘morgan30’ for 30% off!

Sleep

In my freshman year psychology class I learned that you can’t become so sleep deficient that you’ll never be able to fully catch up and that fact terrified me.

Being well rested makes your days go so much more smoothly and personally, it’s my biggest mood booster.

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A few tricks I have for sticking with a sleep schedule are:

  • Set a bed time. I’ve always been one to stick to the rules so even if I’m the only one enforcing a bedtime I’ll start to feel guilty if I’m up much later than the arbitrary time I set for myself.
  • Have a bedtime routine. If you follow the same exact routine every night before bed your body will begin to associate those actions with sleep and you can condition yourself to feel drowsy.
  • Turn off the electronics. This one has been said over and over again, but for real: if you’re playing with your cell phone in bed you’re going to have trouble falling asleep. Put it away!
  • Wake up at the same time every day. Even the weekends. If you’re waking up at 7 every weekday for work and then at 11 on the weekends you’re going to have a ton of trouble sticking to a schedule.

Reduce stress

You’re navigating a career, relationships, financial independence, and everything else that comes with early adulthood and it’s stressful.

I get that.

But try and limit your stress and do things that make you happy, instead. Easier said than done, but oftentimes a lot of people’s stress comes entirely from themselves.

So don’t feel like you are supposed to have everything figured out, or like you’re the only one going through whatever it is you’re going through.

Take time for yourself and focus on self love and self care. That can mean weekly bubble baths or quiet walks at night. No matter how busy you are, pencil in relaxation.

What habits have you put into place to start taking care of yourself in your twenties?

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  • Lovely post. Gummy vitamins are DELICIOUS! Even though I know they have benefits I feel like I mostly take them for the taste, hehe. I’ve started incorporating handy podcasts into my life! I play them while I do my makeup in the morning and do my night routine, I find it helps me wind down while hearing some helpful things 🙂
    paige /// eyeliner wings & pretty things

    • Thank you so much! And I agree! My pack has little orange wedges and they are SO YUMMY! Haha, I have to stop myself from eating more than a pack a day.

      And I love podcasts! Which are your favorites? I am always on the hunt for new ones!

      • The Space to Face podcasts have been some of my favorites lately, it’s run by two creatives and it feels like I’m just listening to friends talking to me, haha. Altough it DOES totally freak me out having the same name as one of the hosts, I keep thinking someone’s actually in my room talking to me whenever they say Paige!

  • This is a great post! I can’t believe how much your hair grew in such a short time. In my twenties, I’ve really started to value self care. Never have I invested so much energy in my own happiness – it feels great!

    • Thank you so much, Emily! And me either, honestly! I’ve always had quickly growing hair, but I’ve never monitored it before. I have been eating really clean for the past few months, so I think that helps!

      And that is amazing to hear, what a great thing to invest your energy into! A friend told me that “self care is never selfish” and whenever I feel bad that I’m unwinding rather than doing X, Y, or Z I remember her saying that.

  • R&M

    I totally agree. It’s different. I’m just about to turn 22, and all of a sudden I feel like I have all these responsibilities: burgeoning graduation, bills, having to get all my ducks in a row. I get at least 8 hours every night no matter what- even if that means giving up one episode of Suits or getting home early from a party. I also started taking 30 minute walks without music just to make sure I’m getting enough sun- that’s actually really helped my stress levels.

    • It feels so different! I’m glad you don’t think I’m crazy haha.

      And I love that! I definitely feel a lot better when I’m getting sun – it’s crazy how little things you don’t even think about can have such a huge impact!

  • I absolutely love this. I’m 18 but I’ve been wanting to become “independent” since I was probably 16! This post will come in handy when adult life really starts to hit me.
    Love it!

    • Thank you so much, Josephine! Independence is a great feeling, just remember to take care of yourself! 🙂

  • Ayre

    I love sleep 🙂 I honestly cannot function like a human being if I don’t get enough sleep. I also meditate to make sure my mental health is healthy.

    http://ariannecruz07.blogspot.com

    • Thank you, Ayre! and I love meditation! I’m still not great at it, but I’ve been improving!