I think your 20s are the best time of your life to invest in yourself, because I think for a large part they will decide how you will live the rest of your life. In your 20s you’re finally starting the get to know yourself. Here are 20 things you can do to invest in yourself in your 20s!
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Read more and read often
There have been many studies done into the benefits of picking up a good book and allowing yourself the time and space to read it. Reading regularly makes you a better communicator, it makes your brain grow (literally) and makes you more empathetic and fuels your imagination. Books also have an unwinding effect, and it’s good to get into the habit of logging off of social media while you’re still young!
Learn new skills in your free time
Want to learn how to take portrait photos? Creative writing class? Coding? Sailing? It doesn’t matter what it is, your 20s are the years you can focus on learning new skills that can benefit you both in finding jobs and keeping your brain sharp. Have you ever heard someone say ‘Man, I really regret learning Japanese?’ Because I haven’t.
Start paying off your debt
Not the most fun thing to do. But you know what’s even less fun? Paying your debt off about 20 or so years from now. Start paying off your debt as soon as you can, so you can live debt-free later. It’ll improve your credit score, so you’ll have a better chance for a loan approval when you want to buy a house or car.
Develop a good skincare routine
This is something I have recently gotten into, not only because your skin starts to age in your 20s, but also because minimize I want to dryness and the chance of melanoma. Every skin is different, but definitely make sure to wear moisturizer, wash off your make-up before going to bed and wear that frickin’ sunscreen!
Learn how to cook
I believe cooking is a skill everyone in their 20s should work on. It’s so easy to buy microwave meals all the time, but they’re expensive and usually not nearly as healthy as meals made from scratch. Cooking your own food will not only give you a sense of accomplishment, it’ll come in handy during parties and holiday gatherings.
Treat your body right
That means you should exercise regularly and eat healthy most of the time. The way you treat your body in your 20s sets the stage for the body you’ll have in your 30s, 40s and 50s. Find an exercise routine that you like, and stick to it. If you learn how to cook, it’ll become much easier to stick to a healthy diet also.
Find a mentor
A good mentor can help you when you feel stuck or uninspired. Find someone who’s work you admire and who deals with things graciously. A mentor doesn’t necessarily have to be someone that’s 50 years older than you, it can be anyone you look up to. Find someone who will tell you like it is, even if you’ve done something wrong – it will only help you to improve!
Learn everything about retirement, then invest in it
I know, the last thing on your mind right now is retirement, and still here I am reminding you of the fact that now is the time to invest in it. Read up about retirement plans in your country right now, and start saving up for your golden years. The sooner, the better.
Travel or live overseas
Do you know that quote ‘traveling is the only thing you can buy that makes you richer’? The fastest way to get a reality check, inspiration or cultural education is by traveling or living abroad. Your 20s are the time you’re not really settled down yet and most people this age don’t have kids yet, take advantage of it!
Build your network
Once you’ve established who you want to be professionally, you should surround yourself with people who have similar goals and views. Networking takes place in person, when you attend conferences or meet someone in an internship, but it can also happen afterwards. By adding them on LinkedIn for example. You never know what opportunity ends up presenting itself to you because of your network!