10 Self-care Tips Every 20-Something Needs To Try

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Do you feel like your life is a total disaster? If you do,  you might be missing important self-care essentials!

I like to think of my twenties as preparation for the rest of my life. These years are full of new experiences, struggles and plenty of lessons to be learned.

Unfortunately, while we’re busy taking care of our futures, we tend to forget to take care of ourselves. 

 

Don’t let your twenties be a hot mess! Get your life under control with these 10 self-care tips.

Let’s jump right in!

Here are 10 Self-Care Tips Every 20-Something Need To Try:

1. Stay In For A Weekend

Hey there, social butterfly! This one is for you!

Throwing on your best outfit and meeting your squad for a night out is always a good time. As they say: Saturdays are for the boys (and girls!) But, drinking combined with late nights every weekend can wreak havoc on your life.

I’ve experienced my fair share of puke my guts out hangovers! The one thing I’ve learned from going out every weekend is: sometimes, Saturdays need to be for me, myself and I.

Don’t get it twisted! I’m not telling you to completely stop going to the bars and become a homebody! It’s just good to stay in occasionally and spend some time on yourself. 

We all know that alcohol can have devastating effects on your body, but who knew alcohol plays a part in your mental stability as well?

Drinking on a constant basis can trigger anxiety, depression, and episodes in certain mental disorders. Take a break and let your body and mind heal.

Trust me, the bars and your friends will still be there next weekend.

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2. No Spend Periods

There’s nothing worse than running out of money. When bills are piling up and you’re coming up short, it can feel like you’re in way over your head.

We love instant gratification and retail therapy proves to be a fix…for a little while.

That’s is until we realize that we have $3 in our bank account and 2 weeks left until we get paid again! We get stuck in a vicious cycle of stress and anxiety over financial problems. (Yikes!)

I used to be a big money waster. I’d get paid on a Friday and I’d be broke by Monday. After a while, all the stress and annoyance with myself got me thinking: Why not have a week of no spending?!

A No Spend Period is pretty self-explanatory: Only spend money on your necessities. Things like food, gas, and bills are a priority, but everything else has to go.

No more morning coffee or stopping in at your favorite clothing store. You’d be shocked by how much money you can save just by preventing yourself from spending on frivolous items.

Practicing this type of financial self-care will relieve stress AND save you money. Win-win!

3. Unplug From Social Media

Social media provides us with instant communication to our loved ones. We can speak to someone across the world in a matter of minutes. We love social media so much that it’s become a part of our daily routine.

Although social media is a great tool, it can be tough on your mental health.

In a way, you can become addicted to social media. You can’t go without reading through your Twitter newsfeed or liking photos on Instagram. If Facebook has completely taken over your life, it’s time to unplug!

Taking a short break from social media can do wonders. You can focus more of your time on important things in your life. Without constant notifications, your productivity levels will THRIVE!

You don’t have to go forever without social media, but sometimes it’s good to let your mind breathe without thoughts of social media lurking around in your head.

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4. Take Your Vitamins

Vitamins are essential in your self-care routine. Eating healthy is super important, but sometimes you’re still missing out on good vitamins and minerals your body needs.

Something as simple as taking a daily vitamin every day can make a massive change in your overall health.

Right now, I’m taking a few vitamins. I take a daily vitamin, a biotin based skin care and hair care vitamin, and fish oil. I’ve added my vitamins to my morning routine so I never go without.

My favorite hair, skin, and nails vitamin is the Nature’s Bounty brand. You can find them on Amazon for under $9!

Be careful, there’s such thing as too much of a good thing. It’s totally possible to overdose on vitamins so keep track of what you’re taking. You can get seriously sick! 

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5. Don't Work So Hard

Work hard, play hard…right? Not always! 

You have to hustle to get to where you want to be. Positive work ethic is awesome, but what happens when you burn out?

Working too much and too hard can cause not only physical stress but mental stress too. You need to have a work/life balance set in place so you have time to unwind and relax.

Working constantly may provide you with the money you need, but you’re missing out on everything else in life.

Now, I’m not saying to quit your job because you work too much. Just pay attention to how your body is reacting to the hours you’re working.

If your body isn’t functioning correctly due to hard working conditions, it’s time to take a break.

Some jobs can be mentally draining. You have to be able to leave work at work when you go home to have a healthy work/life balance.

6. Start A Daily Journal

Journalling has been scientifically proven to help regulate your mental state. Reflecting over your daily thoughts can help you put a bad day behind you and move forward. It can make a good day even better. 

There are plenty of ways you can journal every day. It doesn’t have to be a long process!

You can adopt a bullet journal and get creative with your thoughts or you can type up a few sentences to sum up your day on your laptop. Whatever floats your boat!

Taking a few minutes to get out all of the things in your head can help you start fresh. Your mind is filled with daily clutter. Journaling can help you clean it all up.

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7. Take An Epsom Salt Bath

I firmly and wholehearted believe in Epsom Salt baths! They are fabulous and leave you feeling fresh and relaxed.

The best part is: Epsom salts are really affordable. It’s like a spa day for a fraction of the price right at home.

My boyfriend works a job that really physical. He’s always struggling with back and neck pain. He occasionally takes Epsom salt baths to help relieve any pain. (Don’t worry guys, taking a bath is manly!)

Epsom salts have a ton of healing properties:

  • Relaxes muscles
  • Relieves joint pain
  • Detoxes your body
  • Reduces Inflammation
  • Helps with stress

There are different types of Epsom salts that help with different things. I prefer lavender Epsom salts! The smell is amazing and I always feel less stressed afterward.

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8. Invest In A Hobby

When your life is starting to get on your last nerve, escape for a while by investing in your hobbies. If you don’t have any hobbies, now is a great time to pick one up!

Your hobbies are the fun part of your life. Don’t forget about them.

Work is work, it can feel draining and soul-sucking. Sometimes you need to take a break from work and focus some energy into something a little more interesting.

Your hobbies can help improve your mental health, creativity, physical health, relationships and all sorts of other things. 

When you invest your time into something you genuinely enjoy doing, you don’t feel like you’re wasting time. 

 

9. Drink More Water

You’ve heard this one a million times.

DRINK MORE WATER, SIS!

Outside of the well known physical health benefits of water, there’s a ton of mental health benefits too. Your brain functions better when you’re hydrated.

You will be able to feel the benefits of water right away. You will think clearly, you will be more focused, you will have more energy. All of these things can be achieved with a little H2O.

The best part about water is its an affordable alternative to pop (or soda), coffee, alcohol, or other drinks.

Get your hydration on and watch your everything from your skin and hair to your thought process shine.

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10. Create Daily Routines

Routines are actions in your life that are regularly followed. They give you a sense of structure and keep you on track to help you stay healthy and organized.

I like to follow strict routines. I have bipolar disorder and having a sporadic schedule and no routine is enough to trigger an episode for me.

Routines create stability in your life. Keeping a routine for every part of your life is crucial. When your mind and body get used to things being a certain way, it can be difficult on them when you change it up.

Some good ideas for routines in your life are:

  • Morning routines
  • Night routines
  • Meal Routines
  • Exercise Routines
  • Skin and hair care routines
  • SELF CARE ROUTINES

The best time to get your twenties under control is NOW!

Try some of these self-care tips and watch your life fall right back into place. No hot mess express here.

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