Bad Habits to Avoid in Your 20s

Your 20s are a rough time. You’re finally expected to be an adult, but don’t always have the experience as an adult. You’re probably living on your own for the first time, trying to figure out how to get and keep a job, cook for yourself for the first real time. It’s overwhelming. After 5 Habits Every 20-Something Should Have did so well, why not have bad habits to avoid? If you can’t create new ones, at least know which ones to avoid!

Bad Habits to Avoid in Your 20s


Eating Poorly

Eating ramen and cheetos may have worked in college, but you’re an actual adult now. Poor eating habits are terrible to get rid of, so steer clear if you can. Seriously, I’m still trying to get a taste for vegetables and I’m 27. It’s so easy to be pulled back in by sugar and junk food.

Put the soda down, and pick up a bottle of water.

This bad habit just doesn’t effect you with eating habits and weight, it can cause poor brain function, fatigue, insulin resistance and weight gain, indigestion or heartburn, poor sleep, or even mood problems. Eating crap food will make you feel like crap.

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Not Exercising

This bad habit goes hand in hand with the bad eating habits. If you feel like crap from the food you’ve eaten, you’re not going to want to go out for a jog.

As you get older you’ll notice that a few days or weeks of a sedentary lifestyle can really impact your life. Most of you are probably on a college campus, or just coming from a life on a college campus. Even if you were a commuter, you probably did far more walking than at a desk job.

According to Healthline,

“The National Center for Health Statistics found that in 2010, about one in three adults who had visited a doctor in the past year had been advised to start or continue an exercise program.”

That’s a lot of people!

Related: 4 Ways to Handle the Work-Life Balance


Not Budgeting or Tracking Your Spending

Budgeting and tracking your spending is a huge part of becoming a financially independent adult. It’s something I’m still working on and I’m heading into my 30s in a few years. Not having your finances under control is a huge bad habit to have.

Knowing where your money goes is a huge part of being able to save and spend appropriately. Having an emergency fund is so important when you’re living on your own. You never know when something unexpected will happen.

Related: 4 Post-College Finance Tips to Get You Started in the Real World


Not Having “Me” Time

Today’s working atmosphere is a bit crazy, in my opinion. It’s a terrible bad habit that falls into routine very quickly.

There’s this push to work hard, work long hours, maybe work some overtime, and the rinse and repeat for the rest of your life. That’s a combination for a burn out waiting to happen.

Not giving yourself a break will make you miserable. All you’re doing is working yourself to death. It’s okay to take a vacation day or two. It’s okay if you’ve come down with the flu and have to take a few days off. Hell, it’s even okay to go on a vacation!

A lot of young people, myself included, feel like they have to prove themselves by overworking to the point of exhaustion. I’m still trying to get over my fear of taking days off.

Related: 6 Ways to Relax, De-Stress, and Unwind



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