Being in your 20's can be challenging. You're still young and hopeful, but you're also experiencing your first real taste of adulthood. Of course, nobody expects you to know all the answers, but here are some things you can invest yourself in to help you in the long run.
Learn to Budget
It's never too early to learn the importance of getting savvy with your money, especially when it comes to budgeting your finances.
Take the amount of money you make and manage how to break it up between bills, food, clothes, and how much to put aside for those "treat yourself" purchases. Many banking apps have features that can help you do this to help you live within your means.
Once you do, you can start taking control of your money and planning for your future.
Learn Something New
Even though you might be done with school, that doesn't mean you should be done with learning. Whether you're learning a new skill, like woodworking or cooking, or educating yourself on social issues, take this time to learn as much as you can, even if it's just watching a documentary on Netflix. You can make it easy by learning something new with a friend.
Attend community events and groups
These events can be get-together with people sharing common interests, hobby groups, game nights, and volunteering with others for a good cause; the possibilities are endless. Find a group that gets together weekly or participate in more community events to meet new people and become more social. Who knows, it might lead to something bigger.
Surround Yourself with a Strong Support System
Surrounding yourself with a solid group of people who will support your aspirations and goals is the key to success.
You can also use this time to leave negativity and negative people behind. Don't be afraid to let them go.
Start getting out there and building up your network by becoming more active in your community, surrounding yourself with positive support, and continuing your learning. This will help start you on a good foundation for future success.
In some ways, pride may not be generally viewed as a positive thing. But there is a big difference between boasting and self-confidence. Remember, it’s so important for us to support ourselves throughout our journey of self-love and happiness. Although taking pride in yourself should never be viewed as bad, learning to have self-appreciation can be easier said than done.
If you are struggling to implement self-appreciation into your life, you can take some steps to make this happen.
Start with the little things:
Look at your day. Is there something small that you did within your day that you can take pride in? Whether it’s washing the dishes, finishing that big assignment, or even getting out of bed, those are all accomplishments within themselves. Even a small victory can be a good one.
Practice Positive Projection:
Take a look at someone you deeply admire. What is it about them that you admire? What do they bring to the table that you wish you had? Write down exactly what you admire about them, and then see the tiny portions of yourself that fit into that narrative.
Remind Yourself of Your Value:
This one is never easy, but it’s essential for your personal growth. Of course, we must maintain our relationship with the people we work with, our family and friends, but it’s just as essential to maintaining a healthy relationship with ourselves. An easy and simple way to implement a reminder for yourself is writing down self-affirmations. Affirmations are used as positive statements that can be used to help rewire our thoughts to positive ones.
Taking pride in yourself isn’t always an easy task, but one way to bring positivity into your life is by helping those around you. This doesn’t have to be anything crazy. Simply being there for someone, being a good listener, and helping others in need will help reconfirm your self-appreciation and help you realize that everything you’re feeling now is only temporary.
Remember, taking pride in yourself and appreciating yourself isn’t bad. On the contrary, it can be a great thing, perhaps one of the best things, because you are worth your own time, energy, and support. And regardless of whatever negative thoughts may come to mind about yourself, you are worthy for no reason other than the fact that you are alive.
With a new year upon us, here are some simple positive changes you can make to your life right now that can help you focus on clearing your mind and putting your health and wellness first.
De-cluttering can come with positive benefits. Not only is reorganizing an excellent way to focus and to uplift your mood, but it can also make you do some good in the process. For example, delete your emails, go through your closet and donate your unworn clothes, and throw out that expired food that's been in your fridge for months. De-cluttering will not only help clear up space in your home, but it will give your mind some clarity as well.
Carve out some time to exercise every day
It doesn't have to be an intense full-body workout. For example, carving out thirty minutes to walk outside or dancing in your living room can help your mindset.
Try to find something you enjoy.
Start a New Hobby
Try a new hobby that will help reduce stress and relax you. For example, try building, cooking, art or writing something in your spare time.
Turn off your phone by a certain time in the evening
The blue light emitted by your cell phone screen restrains the production of melatonin, the hormone that controls your sleep-wake cycle and keeps you alert, which isn't helpful when trying to sleep.
It's time to turn off your phone 30 minutes to an hour before bed to help your brain relax and mentally prepare for a good night's rest.
Set a sleep schedule
Creating a bedtime routine of going to bed and waking up at a certain time can reduce stress and improve your mood, think more clearly, reduce the risk of heart disease and do better in school and at work.
Shut out the negative voices
You can start shutting out negative voices by changing your language and how you talk to yourself. Instead of worrying about past mistakes, try to focus on how you can make a positive impact now.
Remind yourself that you are good enough and capable of tackling anything. Start practicing self-love today.
Don't be afraid to say no
Accepting to take on extra work or doing something you don't want to do can reduce your productivity and negatively impact you in the long run. So whatever you're feeling at that moment, don't be afraid to say how you feel or think about it before giving a set answer.
Try saying no without feeling guilty, because whatever you choose is the best answer at the moment.
Try implementing these into your life today. You'll be surprised at how it impacts you every day.
It was probably a relief for most people when 2020 ended, and 2021 began. However, throughout the year 2021, there were a lot of ups and downs for many. With the continued spike in COVID-19, new strains coming to light, many celebrity deaths, and some tragic world events, it’s easy to get caught up in all the negative aspects of 2021.
But was 2021 all that bad? It’s easy to reflect on the bad times rather than the good ones, but 2021 taught us some much-needed lessons that will help us in 2022.
After applying more sleep and exercise into my life, I felt like a brand-new person. I could do more, and I had more clarity and more focus.
It might be cheesy but tell the people you love and cherish how much they mean to you. You never know how much time you have with someone, all the feelings you have now can end for you in the blink of an eye. So don’t waste your time wondering what it could have been, and be open and honest with others about how you feel.
It only gives you more pain. Learn to forgive yourself and others and move on from the things that have hurt you. If you allow them to dictate and control your every thought, find a way to vocalize it or put it out to the world so you can let go of the pain it is causing you.
With each year comes new experiences, new adventures, and new stories to tell, but with every year comes many new lessons and a lot of things to put into perspective.
What did you learn from 2021?