Please don’t take your health for granted in your 20s.
In my last article, I wanted to share with you guys how you can sneak fitness into your life.
I’m usually pretty positive and optimistic. I don’t believe in feeling sorry for yourself. I don’t believe in making excuses. I like to take charge of life.
However, I’ve encountered some experiences lately that made me realize just how important health really is.
I recently encountered two sad stories about your health in your 20s…
Story #1: My friend’s ex-girlfriend killed herself. She was at a party having a blast. Then she drove to construction site, locked herself in the garage and left the car running until she passed out and died.
From the outside she had it all. You know the deal. Expensive car, well-off family, education paid for, and great friends. On the inside she was clearly dealing with demons and her mental health wasn’t strong enough to get her through a tough time.
Story #2: I ran into an older friend who just got married and his health has taken a complete nose dive. He’s almost 30 I believe and he’s pretty much in a wheelchair full-time. His new wife has to help him get dressed in the morning.
This means that despite the desire to do so, he can’t provide for his family. He wants to work, but his body won’t allow him to do so.
I don’t want to depress you or to make you feel sad. I just want to take a moment to reflect on the importance of your physical and mental health in your 20s.
How can you take care of your physical and mental health in your 20s?
Surround yourself with positive people.
Your finances and health will be greatly impacted by who you surround yourself with. I recently started hanging out with more positive people and dropped the toxic friends from my life. The result has been an increase in overall happiness. I feel much better about myself and find that I’m working on projects that I’m passionate about.
When I used to hang out with toxic people, we would spend money foolishly and just drink together because we had nothing else in common. Now I hang out with friends that motivate me to work harder and push through the tough times.
It’s not easy to drop toxic friends and find new ones, but it’s a slow process worth trying out.
Stay out of debt.
I know this is easier said than debt, but debt can cause massive amounts of stress on your mind and your body.
The feeling of constantly being behind and owning money will weigh you down. When you’re in debt in feels like you’re trapped and there’s no way out.
The best way to save money in your 20s is to pay yourself first and limit how much money you spend on crap. If you can curb your spending, you’ll feel much better about yourself and you won’t be stressed out in the event of an emergency.
Try to eat better and walk more.
Weight training and eating egg whites isn’t for everyone. I happen to love both. You can feel amazing just by going for a 15-minute walk in the morning and eating better food. You don’t have to eat tuna out of a can, but you can limit the visits to the local fast food joint that leaves you bloated for the rest of the day.
When you’re feeling mentally stressed out, you can go for a quick jog to release some stress.
When you’e physically stressed out, you can try something that’s mentally challenging.
That’s how you can take care of your physical and mental health when you’re still young and on top of the world.
How do you take care of your physical and mental health?