A twenty-something's guide to growing up

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Being a twenty-something is kind of like a second awkward phase without the baby fat and missing teeth. We're not really adults yet but we're not children anymore, so what are we supposed to do with our lives?

Your 20s is a time to get rid of old habits and embrace new ones. We can't sport short shorts to work and we definitely can't take Fireball shots at happy hour. It can be an exciting time as long as we handle it properly. We might not be grown ups just yet, but we need to start growing up. Here are some tips to help you along the way.

1. Read a book before bed instead of trolling through social media. Using electronics before bed is not good for the REM cycle.



2. Stop hanging out with people who treat you poorly. You need to start owning your independence and adulthood. Say goodbye to petty drama and hello to healthy confidence.



3. Do it for the experience, not for the Insta. You're young enough to be adventurous and try new things but you're too old to take the experiences for granted. Live every last minute of your youth through your own eyes rather than a filtered Instagram lens.



4. Go to the gym. Surprisingly, this is one of the most difficult pieces of advice for twenty-somethings to follow. Adjusting to paying rent and having grown-up responsibilities after college is no small feat. Taking care of your body can be neglected in the overwhelming transition. Don't let it! Your physical health translates into your mental health and both are necessary to tackle the grown-up world.



5. Date. It's time to put yourself out there! Sign up for dating sites (the negative stigma is pretty much gone these days) or get set up by friends. your 20s is a time to figure out what you're looking for in a romantic partner and what type of person you're most compatible with. It's a scary but necessary experience.



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