Looking for self improvement tips while in your 20’s? Makes sense. Your 20’s are a period of life that older adults love to reflect on. People commonly talk about their 20’s with fondness and mostly positive regard.
However, when you’re in the midst of these years it doesn’t always feel like sunshine and roses. It feels like hard work! Most of us use this time to pursue education and independent living, which is a new frontier coming from our teens.
This can bring stress and negative self talk as we compare ourselves to others who are further along or appear to be more successful. These stressors can really take a toll on our mental health.
It is so essential to take care of yourself during this time, but also to work towards self improvement. This is the best time of your life to focus on growing personally and blossoming towards a mindful, intention filled life. See how you can work towards improving yourself below.
Self Improvement Tip #1: Clarify What’s Important to YOU
It’s easy to get caught up in what’s “trendy” or what you’re “supposed to be doing.” Take some time to jot down a bunch of things that are important to you.
What makes you get up in the morning? If you could do anything that you wanted, what would you do? What do you want to work towards? Try to name a few things for all of the major domains: Social, Personal, Professional, Educational, and so on.
Then reflect on whether your current actions are lining you up for these goals, or pulling you in a different direction. We can’t always control what our jobs are when we’re first starting our careers, so I know the professional goals may seem far off.
But start small. What are some things you could do now to set you up for success later, or even just get you on the right track now?
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Self Improvement Tip #2: Learn Something New Every Month
Our brains typically finish developing around age 25 (read more about that here) . What better time to learn new things than when you finally have your fully formed brain??
I joke. But honestly, yours 20’s are a great time to learn new things. Most of us have enough free time right now to read, attend a webinar, listen to a podcast, or watch TED talks or YouTube videos. Each of these things will take you an hour or less.
Gaining knowledge about different topics can be so essential. You never know when you will be in a situation where small talk is required, and this is much easier to do when you have knowledge about a variety of different things.
Self Improvement Tip #3: Make Meaningful Connections
Anyone can have hundreds of acquaintances that they may or may not remember the names of. “Oh yeah, that over there is Steve (I think) that I met at that one bbq 6 months ago.”
Okay… but what does Steve know about you and what does your relationship with Steve do for you? I don’t mean “do for you” in the sense of gaining tangible benefits, but rather, mental benefits.
Making meaningful social connections that support our values and growth are key for self improvement. Reflect on an encounter that you’ve had where you felt mentally stimulated and listened to.
What did that feel like? Great, probably. As humans, we all want to be listened to. the more authentic relationships you have, the more you are listened to and the more opportunity you have to give to others.
Self Improvement Tip #4: Journal
I know, I know. Tons of people preach about journaling. Not only is it good for our brain (mental connections and emotion processing), but it’s also a great wya to remember your 20s.
When you’re older and reflecting on your youth, it would be so great to have a journal full of memories, written during the time of your life these things were actually happening. We have a funny way of remembering some events more positively or negatively than we experienced them at the time, so it could be really cool to see how your thoughts change over time.
Self Improvement Tip #5: Be Mindful of What You Put Into Your Body
When we are young we tend to feel like we are invincible. We have the “we can try anything once” and it’ll all be alright attitude. While it’s true that our bodies have a better bounce-back than older adults, that doesn’t mean we should be polluting it with unnecessary toxins.
I totally get enjoying drinks with friends now and then, but try not to make it a habit where you’re giving your liver extra work every night of the week.
Self Improvement Tip #6: Exercise
It’s pretty common knowledge that exercise is good for you. But, your 20’s are a period of time where you still have a youthful physical build and you should be taking advantage of that!
Staying active has numerous benefits, including improved mood, increased concentration, decreased blood pressure, better sleep, the list goes on. Usually our young adult lives are riddled with growth in every direction; educational, professional, social, familial, mental.
Growing in this many directions at once can be exhausting! Trust me, I know. Exercise helps to burn off some of the tension that comes with being busy and helps our bodies balance out.
With better concentration we can get things done more efficiently and with better sleep we will have more energy to power through our days. And then of course looking physically fit can be a nice bonus. Read more about the benefits of exercise here!
Hopefully you can find some guidance in these tips to help you blossom! Being a young adult can be difficult and mentally taxing, but as long as we take time to focus on our mental and physical health, we should be able to make it through successfully!
Remember to focus on you and stop comparing yourself to others. Your life is just that, your life. Nobody else can tell you what the right path is for you, so follow your intuition and take care of yourself along the way!
About the Author:
Kelly Carpenter is the creator of the blog She, Mindfully. She is a 20-something-year-old on a journey to intentional, mindful living with lots of authentic connection and self discovery. She is a therapist who is currently half way to her Doctorate in Psychology! Information from her clinical training gets mixed with her own personal experiences to craft posts to help other young women who are in the midst of trying to figure themselves out. She loves yoga, meditation, and being in nature! Visit her blog for more amazing content!