You only get to be young once.
If you ask anyone a decade or older than you, they have quite a bit of wisdom to share.
One thing they will tell you to appreciate is your youth. For many of us, a young body is one we can put to work to get things done, or to have a little fun. Sometimes even over work ourselves.
You get one life.
We love to live in the moment, and that’s not a bad thing. But the sooner you begin to think about what you want your life to look like 10-20 years from now, and start working towards that, the better life you’ll have.
One of the most important things you can take care of is yourself.
You’ll age better, and you won’t depend on so many meds and surgeries (aka limitations). You’ll look back on life and won’t regret wasting so much time on the things that didn’t matter. It will make you feel good to know that what you did when you were young only improved your way of life, and didn’t get in the way of all the traveling you’ll be doing.
And I want to emphasize an important point here:
Taking care of yourself does NOT mean sacrificing yourself and living miserably ALL the time.
A little goes a long way.
Your skin battles bacteria attempting to enter your body 100% of the time. Over time, too much sun damage/overexposure, aging, and lack of care can take a toll on it. It will become weakened, and that could affect your health in the long run. Also, avoid dry, cracked, or dirty skin, which could create an opening for bacteria and lead to infections and other unwanted issues. Taking care of it can ensure it’s elasticity, and your youthful look for longer.
Here are some things you can do:
- Moisturize with lotion
- Don’t forget to wash your face daily
- Apply your sun block
As much as some of you may hate lotions and sun block, this can save years of aging, and keep the risk of skin cancer from rising.
One other thing I’ve learned from experience is to NOT pick at scabs/pimples on your face. Your face scars easily, and those marks are almost impossible to get rid of. And unfortunately they only get darker with sun exposure.
Here’s my philosophy: you shouldn’t obsess over your body to make it look a “certain” way like the girls on Instagram. You also shouldn’t put it to work in overdrive, just because you’re young and your body (ie liver) has lots to give.
So this means don’t get wasted every weekend, smoke, or eat fast food 24/7.
Here’s a key word: moderation
Drinking extensively and in large amounts slowly kills your liver, along with dehydrates and makes you feel miserable (hangovers are the worst). Smoking messes up your lungs. Eating fast food clogs up your arteries. And if you create bad habits young, you’ll increase your chance of health issues later on, as well as the risk of becoming the kind of overweight that’s unhealthy.
The best way to take care of your body is to give it a little push to always try to improve how it performs. It’s not always bout hitting the gym to get a big butt and small waist, or to eat whatever junk food you want; but it should be to become stronger, healthier, and a better version of yourself, whatever that may be for you. Especially to strengthen your heart.
A run gives your heart a good workout. Strength training keeps your muscles active, and allows them to become stronger so you can do more activities.
A healthy diet will also keep your metabolism happy, and nourished. I definitely enjoy Krispy Kreme donuts and Chick-Fil-A, but not everyday. More like once every few weeks/months. Plus the internet is one of the BEST resources for healthy recipes that also taste AMAZING. Trust me you will not be missing out.
We all know very well that too much stress takes a BIG toll on how your body performs. Stress can affect your sleep, focus, emotions, and even decisions. Too much of those emotions release hormones that affect the way your body works, and over time can add up and negatively impact your health.
Don’t forget to take some time for yourself. Relax, do what helps you unwind. Clear your head, and don’t overwhelm/overwork yourself too much.
Stress can be normal, but not a lot over a long period of time.
As a side note: being young is the best time to push yourself a little harder to achieve some important goals; It’s definitely the best time to put in the extra effort to accomplish big things, but it’s also important to know when to take a break and take care of yourself.
Older you will thank you.
At first, you can’t wait to get away from your parents sometimes. You just want your own space and to be able to live your life independently. That’s great! I was there at one point. it gives you motivation to do something with yourself.
But don’t ever forget to check in with your family, visit, and spend time with all of your loved ones. There should always be time for family. One day, they’ll be gone, and you’ll want to say you spent good times together, not that you wish you hadn’t skipped out on seeing them.
5. Your finances
I definitely love to go out and enjoy a good drink, but I would never spend over $40 on booze on any given night.
Money is one of (if not the biggest) the top drivers for society, but many don’t know how to take care of their money. Leaving them living paycheck to paycheck, unable to save, and in a never ending cycle. Then one day decades ahead, they wish they had saved more money, bought that house, or managed their money more intelligently.
Have you heard that some people who win the lottery have ended up bankrupt within years?
I’m a huge believer that the sooner you get smart about your money, the easier life can be for you in the long run.
Here are some things you can do:
- Learn to budget
- Put money into your 401K, IRA
Don’t splurge just because you have extra cash, but remember that you’re working an easier life on older you.
Your takeaway message:
Take care of things sooner rather than later. If you get smart about it now, you’ll be setting yourself up for a better tomorrow a few decades from now.
You don’t ever want to reach a point where it’s too late.