Being in your 20’s can be a very confusing time in someone’s life. Some 20-year-olds are going to college or university, some are starting their own businesses, some are starting families and others are working full time, part time or not at all. To get a true picture of what it’s like to be in your 20’s, check this out:
It doesn’t really matter where you’re at because everyone has their own timeline to follow. However, here is 20 things you should do during this magically diverse time in your life:
- Travel somewhere alone
Travelling alone teaches you a lot about yourself. It allows you to explore with no holds barred, experience culture in a unique way, and develop confidence and independence in what you want and who you are. You should travel a much as possible in your 20’s before you’re weighed down with kids, a mortgage, or other responsibilities.
2. Join a team or club
Join a sports team (competitive or recreational) or club to maintain a social hobby, meet new people and prioritize time to do something you love. Being a part of something like this helps counteract loneliness and gives you something to look forward to week to week. It’s great for your mental health, and depending on the activity, your physical health as well!
3. Go on a road trip
Pick a destination and book time off to drive somewhere with a group of friends. Make playlists or create games to entertain yourselves in the car and try as many new things as you can! Sleep in different places (tent, hotel, motel, cabin, on the ground outside, in the car, etc), try new foods and find new activities to experience (zip lining, hiking, kayaking, museums, whale watching, etc)! Road trips are great to take a break from routine and bond with awesome people you love.
4. Take a class
Take a class to learn something you’ve always wanted to do or hone your skills on something you already enjoy! There are so many options like cooking, baking, painting, sculpting, pottery, dance, Zumba, rock climbing, fencing, film, and acting! A quick Google search will give you some ideas if you’re not sure what you would be into.
5. Date yourself
It’s important to be comfortable with doing things alone. You could have coffee, go for a walk, have dinner, or see a movie. Anything you could do on a date with someone else you could do by yourself! Experiencing things alone helps build confidence, cement what you like and who you are, and is an important act of self love and self care.
6. Read a good book
Pick a book you’re interested in and read it from cover to cover. It could be any genre and any length, just make sure you read the entire thing. Reading is good for your imagination, improves vocabulary and language skills, and promotes learning, discovery and understanding. Everyone should read at least one book for pleasure, meaning it is not required for a club, by a friend or family member, for school or work.
7. Discover the outdoors
Spend some quality time outside! It could be as simple as going for a walk or as complicated as an extended camping trip or hike. Take the time to explore where you live and maybe venture out a little farther. Being immersed in nature has incredible benefits for your mental health like a clear mind, improved focus and released dopamine and serotonin. Take in that fresh air!
8. Go to a concert
Go see some live music! You could buy a ticket to a well known performer in a big stadium, or hit up a bar and watch some local talent. Concerts are great to go to with friends and family, but you can also go alone and meet some people with similar interests. I go to about 15 concerts a year. They make me feel so energized yet at peace. Music can help connect your mind with your body, so if you’re feeling a little off, check out a live performance.
9. Become environmentally conscious
Put effort into researching what you could do to live more environmentally friendly. You could use reusable bags, beeswax wraps, mesh produce bags and toxin free cleaners in your home. Also, check out what is and isn’t recyclable in your area and avoid using single-use plastic straws or bags! You’re likely living on your own for the first time, so it’s a great opportunity to get into the habit of helping out your planet.
10. Pay off your debt
This one is pretty self-explanatory! Some debts are inevitable like a car loan or student loan, but try to get debt free as soon as you can. This can help ease some stress and insecurity so you can save up for other things you want to do!
11. Get a pet
Pets are great for your mental and physical health! They provide companionship and can help alleviate feelings of loneliness. This is especially important if you live alone. Keep in mind that owning a pet can be a lot of responsibility, so make sure you’re financially stable and responsible enough to handle the pet you choose.
12. Create an office space
Set up a space in your home where you cans it down and get some work done. Whether that’s school work, passion projects, or general adult stuff, having a space dedicated to getting things done has been proven to make you more productive. A space like this also aids in creativity if you’re an artist or writer. So get a desk and chair you find comfortable, and organize and decorate the room in whatever way you like.
13. Buy a new bed
This one might seem a little weird, but you should buy a new bed complete with sheets, duvet or comforter, and frame when you move out for the first time. Having a new bed can help you feel more independent and mature in your own place. Plus, you spend about a third of your day sleeping, so make sure you’re comfortable. A good night’s sleep is the first step to success.
14. Learn a new language
Spend some time learning a new language! Knowing a second language is always useful. You might have a better chance of getting a certain job, find it easier to travel, or even appreciate that you can communicate in another way. Personally, I’d love to learn sign language for my career.
15. Discover your standards
Find out what your standards are for friendships, relationships, careers and everything else in your life. Establishing your standards early will help you reach your goals, be happier and avoid disappointment. Know your worth and don’t accept anything less.
16. Develop a skin care routine
Find a skin care routine and products that work for you and stick with it! The key aspect to any skin care routine is consistency. You may use one product, or more than 5. You might do your routine once a day or morning and night. It is completely up to you! I use a cleanser, toner and a moisturizer morning and night every day. I have sensitive skin so I use toxin free, natural products with the added bonus of coming in 100% recyclable packaging. Talk about a win-win! I also drink a supplement twice a day to help with nail strength, hair strength and growth, and skin health and moisture. Again, whatever works for you is best, just make it a routine!
17. Go to therapy
This is an important one! Everyone should go to therapy at least once in their life, even if they don’t struggle with mental health. Therapy can help improve your mind set, give you coping strategies, overcome trauma and, at the very least, give you a safe space to open up and talk with someone. Sometimes I go to therapy to work through my anxiety, depression and self image issues, and sometimes I go to talk through my frustrations and what’s causing me stress. Having someone you can talk to openly who has no ties to your personal life is an invaluable asset. Therapists are also great resources if you need help with relationships or friendships.
18. Limit your phone use
Put down your phone! Unplugging from social media is great for your mental health and self esteem. Limiting how much you use your phone gives you more time to focus on everyone and everything around you, and the reduced screen time is great for your eyes! I try to schedule at least one day a week where I don’t look at my phone at all. Enjoy the moments! Sometimes little moments become big moments later on.
19. Do something that scares you
Take the leap! Do that thing you’ve always wanted to do but was too scared to attempt it. Doing something you’re afraid of opens you up to other experiences, makes you feel accomplished, and allows you to put your fears behind you. The rush of adrenaline from being afraid can also increase your food and support your mental health. The worst case scenario is you didn’t love it, but you faced your fears and now you know!
20. Be spontaneous
Do something crazy and unexpected! I’ve always fantasized about walking into the airport, picking a destination and hoping on a flight that day. Routines are important for day to day life. They help regulate your body, calm your mind and keep you on track. However, doing the same thing day in and day out can really weigh on you. If an opportunity pops up, just do it! You never know what amazing experience you might stumble upon by being a little spontaneous.
“You’re 20’s are your selfish years. It’s a decade to immerse yourself in every single thing possible. Be selfish with your time, and all the aspects of you. Tinker with shit, travel, explore, love a lot, love a little, and never touch the ground”
– Kyoko Escamilla