Things to Avoid when you Turn 30

Here, we list down a few things to give you a heads up on the most exciting phase of life. Things especially that concern your health. We promise, it’ll be a breeze. (Take this from someone who is on the verge of turning thirty.)

These Bad Habits Need to Die

Period. You can’t do certain things on a whim and not end up feeling miserable after you’ve done it. This includes smoking, drinking (like there’s no tomorrow) and binging on fast food. These habits don’t have to make their way into your 30s, because they’ll only wreck your health.

An occasional drink is harmless, but jumping at the prospect of happy hours shouldn’t be your thing. Similarly, quit smoking. We’ve already been subjected to the Smoking Kills’ advert at the movies for us to understand that it is really bad for health. Binging on Fries and a burger every weekend (no to midnight snacking as well) is just going to lead to health problems. Make healthy eating your priority.

1. Exercise Regularly

In your thirties, your body’s metabolism slows down and you start gaining a few pounds. Now, this doesn’t mean that you have to be a gym rat, but an hour at the gym or an early morning jog and yoga will be sufficient enough to keep you active and productive through the day. Choose any form of physical activity that makes you happy. In the long run you’ll thank yourself for cultivating this good habit.

2. Don’t Skip Breakfast

Your schedule might be choc-a-bloc with meetings and deadlines, but there’s always time for breakfast. Skipping breakfast means prolonged fasting. This again, slows down your metabolism and leads to weight gain. In addition, your immunity levels go down and you are prone to frequent infections. All of it doesn’t sound good.

A bowl of muesli and fruit, or a couple of hard-boiled eggs, toast and a fresh fruit juice are a good start to a day. Even if you are on the run, always carry some fruits.

3. Try to Stick to a Schedule

Not that you should start leading a life that is controlled by the clock, but following a schedule more or less will give you a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day. The idea is to make your day as productive as possible. One simple way to go about it is to just make a list and tick everything, while you’re finishing them off (let social media not distract you). But always leave some room for surprise. An impromptu trek on a weekend is always a good idea.

Also, you require enough sleep to feel fresh the next day. Bid adieu to late nights. They make you feel sluggish the next day, making you less productive.

4. Do Things that Make you Feel Happy

Finally, it all boils down to this. Your emotional well being is important as well. It’s something we forget along the way when we just follow a routine. This includes being happy with your job, with the person you’re dating or married to and the people you are surrounded with (friends/colleagues). They need to feel right at the end of the day, uplift you and make you happy. If that isn’t happening, then you need to fix it right away.

If the 20s gave you a taste of everything that’s out there, 30s gives you the chance to choose from them. It’s these choices that you stick to for the rest of your life. But don’t forget to have a blast, while you are at it.


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