According to the American Journal of Psychology, habit is defined as a more or less fixed way of thinking, willingness, or feeling acquired through previous repetition of a mental experience.
Another definition says habit is a routine of behavior that is repeated regularly and tends to occur subconsciously.
When you do a particular thing over time that sticks to your brain, it now becomes a part of you.
No one comes into the world with any form of knowledge. Everything you know now or can do was learned over time. Therefore, we can say habits are learned and not innate.
Now you’re out of your teenage years and into your 20s. You’re probably wondering what to expect and maybe what to do to make the most out of this “adulthood-ish”.
Well, your 20s era is one of the most critical times of your life. You get to make personal decisions that would affect your health, career, finance, and relationships.
But what do habits have to do with my 20s? You’re probably thinking.
Habits matter a lot whether you’re in your 20s or 30s or whatever time of your life because they determine the outcome of your life (negatively and positively). So whatever habit you decide to nurture now has a huge role to play in the results you’ll get in life.
That said, here are 7 habits to start in your 20s.
1. Have A Morning Routine
Beginning your day with a morning routine sets you off for the day and all that it has to offer you.
With simple morning routines like waking up at a particular time, making your bed, drinking a glass of water, stretching, brushing your teeth, having your bath, making a healthy breakfast, and scheduling your day, you can be more focused and determined, which gives you a higher chance of productivity.
2. Exercise Regularly
Exercising isn’t just for losing weight alone (which is a misconception that some people have); it is also for the body to be fit and healthy.
You don’t necessarily have to hit the gym or do vigorous exercise. You can do simple physical activities like moving around, jumping jacks, squats, etc.
Some of the benefits of exercising are that chemicals like dopamine and serotonin are released in the brain which gives you a sense of achievement and sets your body and mind up for the day.
Practicing the habit of waking up in the morning to exercise can be so ‘much of a drag’ at first, but with time you’ll get used to it.
The evening is also a good time for exercising as well because it helps to relieve you of all the stress of the day.
It doesn’t really matter what time of the day you choose to exercise. What’s important is that you choose what time works best for you and that you stay consistent.
3. Have a Skincare Routine
One of the habits you should consider having in your 20s is personal hygiene which includes a skincare routine, whether you’re a man or woman.
If all you’ve always done is take a shower and apply body lotion, that’s not a bad thing. Although, introducing more products to help enhance the appearance of your skin won’t be a bad idea.
Simple skincare routines like washing your face with a face cleanser, or applying sunscreen before stepping out can go a long way.
You can consult a dermatologist for advice on skin products that can best serve you.
4. Eating Healthy Meals
If you don’t have this habit already, I think now is the best time to start practicing it.
Most people in their 20s will find this habit difficult to have because they’re more focused on work, how to scale up their finances, and other responsibilities that come with being an adult.
Introducing more fresh vegetables and fruits to your menu and cutting out processed foods can increase your health level. Also, take into consideration the times you eat. Try not to skip meals too much and cut out late-night snacks.
5. Cook Your Own Meals
One of the reasons why it is advisable to start cooking your meals as much as you can when you’re in your 20s is because it will save you a whole lot of money, especially if you’re living on a budget.
Another reason why you should have the habit of cooking your own meals in your 20s is that you get to be in charge of what ingredient enters the pot, which is good for you if you’re on the journey of eating healthy.
It also gives you room to improve your culinary skills.
6. Keep Your Environment Clean
As mentioned earlier, personal hygiene is very important in your 20s, and so also is environmental hygiene.
Our environment affects our health and wellness in so many ways. That is why it is very important to make sure where we live is kept clean at all times.
Also, having a decluttered home or environment can help boost your productivity. You can go the extra mile by adding aesthetics to your home to make it more beautiful.
If you’ve read up to this point, you’re awesome. Thank you and please continue reading.
7. Read Books
According to Mary Pope Osborne, “ reading is a passport to countless adventures”.
In your 20s, you’ll probably be thinking of so many adventures you’ll like to have but the truth is not all of them can be experienced.
With books, there are no limits to the adventures you can get.
Some of the benefits of reading books is that it helps you get a broader perspective of life, improves your vocabulary and understanding, improves your communication skill, gives you insight into other people’s culture, etc.
It’s important to start a habit of reading books now that you’re in your 20s.
A very easy way to enjoy reading is to find a book on a topic you’re interested in and easy to understand.
Translating from adolescence to adulthood can be exciting and at the same time scary because of the uncertainties. Your 20s are times for you to learn and unlearn, practice, and grow.
There is so much more you can learn to practice in your 20s. These seven points are just a few of them.
I wish you great success on your journey. Thanks for reading.