Quit These Crippling Habits Before You're 30
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Quit These Crippling Habits Before You're 30

by Jessi Haggerty, RD
Photos Tonhya Kae | September 15, 2015
When you're 26, it's hard not to feel invincible. You're making rent, taking trips, bouncing back from late nights in time for 8am meetings. But what about when you're 30?
The high level of instability you encounter in your twenties makes it easy to feel like you’re still warming up to “real life.” At times it feels like you’re not held to any standards. These are the years where you can drink, smoke, and sunbathe without consequences (well, so you think), but with your thirties approaching, it’s time for a little reality check. Trust us, quitting these 10 habits now will make the transition into your thirties easier.

1. HITTING THE SNOOZE BUTTON

We know you want to tap it… you want to tap that thing sooo badly. The sad reality is that snooze button sleep leads to more exhaustion than just waking up on the first alarm. You’ll feel it later, even if it’s hard to notice in the moment. The better solution? For starters, make sure you’re sleeping 7-8 hours per night. Then, set your alarm for the actual time you have to wake up (not the time that you want to wake up but never do). To really kick the habit, try keeping your alarm on the opposite side of the room, so at least you have to put your feet on the ground to turn it off.
The high level of instability you encounter in your twenties makes it easy to feel like you’re still warming up to “real life.”

2. MICROWAVE DINNERS AND/OR TAKEOUT

If you’re close to 30, you’ve heard of cookbooks...or at least Pinterest. It’s time to learn how to cook, and we promise it’s not difficult. Invest in basic kitchen supplies, a good blender and a crock pot. Start simple with smoothies, soups, and other classic recipes (they’re classics for a reason). Then you can work your way through Julia Child’s Art of French Cooking.

3. IGNORING SELF-CARE

You’ve been on this earth long enough to realize, this is it. You only get one body to live your life in, and it’s the only one you have to get you from where you are to where you want to be. Take good care of it. Eat vegetables, exercise daily, and remember to unplug once in a while.

4. SMOKING

This habit is one of the unhealthiest, yes, but it’s also the most inconvenient. At least skipping the gym or having pizza for dinner is easy. Smoking requires going out of your way to find a smoking-friendly area to sneak a cig. Try some new ways to wind down and take a break. Have a cup of tea, go for a walk, or call an old friend.

5. SKIPPING SUNSCREEN

Unless you’re referring to trends in makeup and skincare, the words "bronze" and "oil" should no longer be part of your vocabulary. Whip out that 30, baby, and protect your skin from the harsh reality of skin cancer and wrinkles.

6. MAKING EXCUSES

Thirty years is enough time to realize that pretty much everything is your fault. Most mistakes could’ve been prevented with a little bit more attention and planning. That’s not to say they don’t still happen—we’re all human. Late to a meeting because you were stuck in traffic? Bet it wasn’t the first time there was traffic on that road so skip the excuses. Own up to the fact that you should have left earlier, and then try again next time.
You only get one body to live your life in. Take good care of it.

7. ONLY PAYING FOR YOUR PORTION OF THE BILL


Unless your order was significantly less expensive than everyone else’s, split the freakin’ bill! If you’re trying to save money, skip the meal and meet up for a drink after.

8. NOT STARTING

The most exhausting thing in the world is the thing you’re not starting. Have an idea for something you want to do that you keep considering? A blog? A new job? A meditation practice? Imagine what would happen if you just went for it. Your brain space would finally be free to worry about all of the other things you’re not doing, like having babies and folding laundry.

9. COMPLAINING ABOUT YOUR JOB

You’re a big girl. If you don’t like your job, quit (we hear an excuse coming on…). If you don’t want to quit, then find something about your job that you love, and focus your energy on that. But know that you can quit, and you can stop complaining. Trust me, we’ve been that girl and nobody likes her.

10. LEAVING YOUR CREDIT CARD AT THE BAR

You’re too grown-up for that. And if you do manage to forget to close out? Cancel the card. 30-year-olds still drink (occasionally too much), but they don’t bother with the 9am walk of shame to the dive bar. They call the bank instead.

Which of these crippling habits will you work on quitting? Leave a comment below to get the conversation started.