18 Bad Habits You Should Drop Before You Turn 30

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Everybody has some bad habits they need to get rid of before they reach 30. But you don't need to wait till your 30th birthday to let go of them!

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1. You’re overly attached to your phone.

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Today, you can pretty much do everything through apps on your phone, but  it doesn't mean you can ignore everything else around you.

In a survey done in 2012, 66% of participants confessed to “nomophobia,” an actual fear of being without your phone. Smartphone dependency has become so common that now some recovery centers even provide rehab for it.

What can you do?

  • You can start by downloading an app like Moment to help you track the amount of hours you spend on your phone. Then try setting small boundaries for yourself.

  • Putting your phone away when you’re out with friends. Not using your phone when you’re out to dinner. 

  • Setting it down when you’ve been on it for more than 20 minutes at a time.

  • Not touching it after 11 p.m.

2. You keep all your money in your checking account.

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A survey done by Princeton Survey Research Associates International in 2014 found that 36% of adults are not saving for their retirement.

What can you do?

  • Create a savings account with your bank.

  • Designate a small amount of money from each paycheck to be taken out and put in your savings

3. You hold grudges forever and always.

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When someone burns you — especially someone you trusted — it’s extremely hard to get over the anger and hurt you feel toward them. 

But a study published in the Association for Psychological Science shows that holding on to those hurtful memories and resentful feelings can have a serious negative impact on your emotional and physical health.

What can you do?

  • While it may take some time, try to forgive that person and move on. 

  • Don’t waste your time concentrating on what’s happened in the past. Holding a grudge is hurting you more than it’s hurting them.

4. You spend a lot of energy thinking about finding a serious relationship.

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The idea of needing to be in a serious relationship or being ready to settle down in your twenties is a social construct. And anyone who’s putting pressure on you for not having a significant other needs to CHILL.

What can you do?

  • Your twenties are a perfect time for exploration and figuring out what you want. By no means should you feel inadequate if you haven’t found “the one” yet.

  • Go out, meet new people, and have fun. You shouldn’t be on a manhunt every time you leave the house.

5. You hate sunscreen (or are totally indifferent to it).

Sun damage can have long-term consequences for your health and also how you look: We’re talking skin cancer, premature aging and wrinkles, and discoloration.

What can you do?

  • The Skin Cancer Foundation says if you’re going to be exposed to the sun for 30 minutes or more, try to apply sunscreen 30 minutes in advance before you go outside. Make sure to reapply every two hours, especially if you’re sweating a lot or in the water. 

  • If you wear makeup, make sure to apply sunscreen first, before the makeup…even if your makeup has sun protection in it.

  • Another point you should consider: Alcohol also makes your skin more sensitive to the sun, increasing your chances of getting burned.

6. You still get wasted…and sometimes on weeknights.

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While it may be tempting after a long day at work, getting drunk and staying out until 2 a.m. will leave you seriously sleep-deprived for the rest of the week — impairing your decision-making, lowering your productivity at work, and making you more prone to mood swings and weight gain.

What can you do?

  • You’re not in college anymore. It may be time to start being a bit more responsible. Besides, your hangovers are just getting worse and worse right?

7. You order takeout way more often than you cook.

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While it may be convenient, eating out puts a serious dent in your monthly earnings. A survey done by CouponCodes4u showed that the average American spends around $9,000 a year on takeout.

What can you do?

  • Try bringing your lunch from home.

  • You can also create a budget, track, and calculate your takeout expenses. That way you can decide if you should stay in and cook dinner instead of going out.

8. You spend way too much time worrying about what other people think.

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It's not possible to please everyone. Spending all your time and energy trying to make everyone happy is just going to stress you out and lead to your own unhappiness.

What can you do?

  • Don’t be afraid to voice your opinions.

  • Say 'no' when you don’t want to do something.

  • Start valuing your own judgement.

9. You think of mental health issues as embarrassing, or a sign of weakness.

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If you broke your arm, would you tell yourself you’re weak for needing to get help? No. And the same thought process should be applied to your mental health. 

What can you do?

  • Don’t be afraid to reach out to others for help.

  • If you’re dealing with reoccurring issues that are affecting your everyday functioning, really consider seeking professional help.

10. You’re pretty bad about keeping in touch with your friends and family members.

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As you get older, it’s easy to form a bad habit of only reaching out to friends and family when you need something from them, which is not a healthy way to maintain your relationships.

What can you do?

  • Set aside some time each week to reach out to your loved ones, whether it’s by making a quick phone call, or sending a simple “how are you” text.

11. It’s been about a million years since you last saw the doctor.

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If you are waiting for a serious health problem to visit your doctor, it means you are neglecting your health.

What can you do?

  • Take matters into your own hands and do your research. 

  • Make sure you’re scheduling visits to the doctor, dentist, gynecologist, etc. as often as recommended.

12. You still smoke cigarettes when you’ve had a few beers (or more often than that)

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Smokers die an average of 10 years earlier than nonsmokers, according to the American Heart Association. Around a third of coronary heart disease deaths and 90% of lung cancer deaths are from smoking and secondhand smoke.

What can you do?

  • Research for a helpful guide, created for anyone who wants to quit smoking.

  • Don't carry them on you.

  • Try to drink in an environment where smoking is not permitted.

13. You still use tanning beds, or lie out in the sun.

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While any type of tanning can be harmful, tanning beds are especially unsafe because they can emit up to three times the amount of UVA radiation released by the sun. Studies have shown that people who use tanning salons are 74% more likely to develop melanoma than those who don’t. Tanning beds can also cause premature skin aging (like wrinkles and age spots), and also increase your risk of potentially blinding eye diseases.

What can you do?

  • There are a lot of other ways to get a “natural tan” look without having to bake in a tanning bed, such as towelettes, lotions or spray tans.

14. You still sleep in until 1 p.m. on the weekends to catch up on all that sleep you missed during the week.

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After a long week, sleeping in feels like heaven. But studies show that the extra hours aren’t helping to boost alertness or energy levels. On the contrary, they disrupt your internal clock and made you more tired.

What can you do?

  • Schedule plans, whether it’s hanging out with friends and family, grocery shopping, or a workout class, so that you’re up by a reasonable time

  • Try to get around eight hours of sleep on weeknights.

  • Leave your electronic devices one to two hours before your ideal bedtime.

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15. You try to avoid confrontation at all costs.

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Facing an issue head-on can make you feel vulnerable and extremely uncomfortable. But putting it off and being indirectly aggressive can result in only worsening the situation.

What can you do?

  • Try to find the root causes of your issue.

  • Politely ask the person you’re upset with to talk with you face-to-face. 

  • Confronting someone through texts and emails is not ideal because it’s easy to misinterpret tone, which leaves a lot of room for miscommunication.

16. You stay in a dead-end relationship way, way longer than you should, and you know it.

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While you may know your relationship isn’t working, the thought of being on your own is terrifying. The thing is, dead-end relationships are hurting you so much more than you realize and have a negative impact on your health.

What can you do?

  • Find strength in knowing you deserve so much more than what the relationship is giving you and end things.

  • Don't forget: Endings are as natural as beginnings.

17. You try to plan out your entire life, and obsess over five-year plans instead of living in the present.

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Life, no matter how much you want it to, is not always going to go according to plan. Putting yourself on a timeline is only going to leave you stressed out, disappointed, and unhappy with the present.

What can you do?

  • Understand that things can always change

  • Accept that there are going to be things that are out of your control .

  • Although having a plan isn’t a bad idea, obsessing over age and socially constructed milestones is only going to hold you back from enjoying life.

18. You’re convinced that you’re the only one in your twenties who doesn’t have your shit together.

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One of the biggest mistakes people make in their twenties is thinking they’re the only ones trying to figure life out. Learning how to be independent for the first time is scary. And it’s so easy to freak out about relationships, career paths, and where to start with it all once college is over.

What can you do?

  • First, understand that this is completely normal.

  • Everyone thinks they’re the only one who has no idea what they’re doing.

  • Instead of stressing, be proactive and make a list of all the things you want to accomplish.

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