Of course, there is no specific set of guidelines for how someone should live their life. Other than the whole 'go to college, get married, have kids, ect.' stigma. 2016 was a rough year for all of us, but it has borne fruit many important realizations. Here are 5 things that you're probably doing wrong in your early 20s.
1. You're probably not saving now.
One of the best things you can do for yourself is to start setting aside money for whatever use you might have for it later. Consider looking into setting up an emergency fund. Even as little as 5 dollars a week will start adding up over time. It's a good system to get into the habit of practicing, but don't feel like you need to beat yourself up when you splurge on an iced coffee. (You probably deserve it.)
2. You're most likely not taking care of yourself.
I get it. You've got a huge pile of responsibilities on your plate, and a metric ton of other worries taking your attention. You don't always grab a healthy breakfast in the morning. Maybe you skip breakfast entirely. Maybe you can't find the time to squeeze in a run or a few quick stretches. You don't have to break the bank, or your spine. Just adopt a few healthier habits. Drink some more water. Get a bit more sleep. You're in your prime, it'll only get harder to fix the habits that will impact your health later on. Get a head start, you'll feel way better, I promise.
3. Take a break from your phone.
I'm not here to preach about the dangers of spending time on your phone, or social media. Chances are you probably hear enough of that. But there is plenty of benefit to taking a break from the negative impacts the instant gratification these platforms can have on your mental health. Turn your device off a few hours before bed, indulge yourself in some 'me time'.
4. You're too comfortable.
It's way too easy to settle and get comfortable with your current circumstances, your current job, and your current lifestyle. Don't fall into the trap. You're at a time in your life where it's easy to take risks, to push yourself. Travel! Explore your interests, hobbies, and talents. Get on top of your hustle game, figure out what motivates you and go for it. Self exploration is a key step at this time in our lives, don't focus on failing and step out of your comfort zone.
5. You keep forgetting that you're only in your 20s.
It's perfectly fine to not have it all together, don't stress it. Money will come, along with good times and hard times. This is a transition age. It's easy to forget that. So, when you've peaked your stress levels, take a few steps back, practice some deep breathing, and remember it'll all work out.