30 Nasty Habits To Break Before You're 30 | 22 Words

For most of us, 30 creeps up at a tragically fast speed. One day you're living it up as a 20-something, hangover-free and optimistic about everything that comes your way, and the next you're about to turn 30 and wondering why all of your bones hurt, all of the time.

Joking aside, getting older is a wonderful thing. (Seriously, would you really want to be 21 again? No, thank you). Before you turn the big 3-0, here are some things you should probably stop doing. You're about to be 30, flirty and thriving! No need to have a diet that consists mainly of frozen pizza and Pringles. (Although, wow, does that still sound good or what?)

Keeping toxic people in your life.

The older you get the more you realize there's no point in keeping friendships around that only drain you and provide a toxic environment. It's okay to cut people out of your life who don't lift you up and make you the best version of yourself. Toxic friendships just aren't worth it.

Not taking care of your skin.

Washing your face with hand soap does not count. Sure, in your 20s your skin was firm enough to bounce back from a night of sleeping with a full face of makeup on, but taking care of your skin- properly - is a really great thing.

Avoiding exercise.

Sure, when you're 20 you can eat McDonald's at two in the morning and feel fine the next day. But that doesn't last. As you enter your 30s, it's really important to exercise. It's a vital part of self-care, it feels great and it's good for you. I'm not saying you have to obsess about working out or how you look, I'm just saying that it feels good to get moving. Even just taking a walk after work and stretching your legs can do wonders.

Being frivolous with your money.

Ugh. Money talk usually isn't fun. Listen, I'm not saying I'm great with my money, but I am saying that it's important, as you get older, to really be smart with your finances. You work hard for that money, honey! There's no need to spend it all in one weekend. Sure, it's okay to splurge every once in a while, but it's important to pursue mindfulness when it comes to that paycheck.

Staying up super, super late at night.

Everyone's sleeping needs are different, but there's no denying the value of a good night's rest. Jennifer Lopez, the queen of living her best life, swears by getting at least eight hours of sleep. If it's good enough for J. Lo, it's good enough for me. Keep reading for more bad habits to break before you're 30...

Never washing your bed sheets.

Remember how in college you went an entire semester without ever washing your sheets? Yeah, let's never do that again. Not only is it terribly unsanitary, but how great does it feel to cozy up after a long day in fresh sheets? Trust me, it's life-changing.

Posting every single little thing on social media.

This is arguably the hardest thing to stop doing. Social media is so addicting. But if you're not careful, it can really bum you out and lead you to compare your life to someone else's. Spoiler alert: everyone's life looks better on social media and we're all going through something so there's no point in comparing. As you get older, spend less and less time on your phone. You'll feel better, trust me.

Never reading a book.

I'm very, very guilty of this but it's something I've become more conscious of the older I get. I hit my late 20s and realized I hadn't read a book in years. Years! How scary! Reading can sometimes feel like the last thing you want to do, but ease yourself into it. Maybe read an old favorite a little bit each night before bed. Instead of scrolling through Instagram, read a chapter of a book you've been putting off for years.

Never wearing sunscreen.

This can technically fall into the skincare routine, but it's so important that it deserves to stand on its own. Wear! Sunscreen! Everyday rain or shine, even if you're just walking to your favorite coffee shop. Your skin - and your 30s - will thank you.

Constantly flaking on plans.

It might be more enjoyable to stay home and order take-out while you watch To All The Boys I've Loved Before for the 100th time, but sticking to your word and showing up for your friends is really important. The older you get, the busier life gets, so those precious moments spent with friends are fewer. So when they happen, enjoy them! What are some other things you should stop doing before you're 30? Keeping reading to find out.

That being said, stop doing things you don't want to do.

There's a difference between being a flake and being someone who can say "no" to things they don't want to do. If you don't want to go to a party, you don't have to go! The FOMO is real in your 20s, but in your 30s? It's just not worth obsessing over being at every single event. Do you.

Eating out all the time.

It's all about balance. I'm not a person that likes to put restrictions on myself. If I want an In & Out double-double with animal style fries, I'm going to get an In & Out double-double with animal style fries. But I can't eat like that every day. As much as I want to. And dream about it. It's not good to eat takeout constantly, which yes, sounds like a very obvious thing but the older the more we're just on the go. It's tempting to swing by a place and quickly get a meal. But prepping your own food and incorporating clean meals into your diet will only make you feel better.

Avoiding doctor's appointments.

Nobody likes going to the doctor. Unless you're like me, a hypochondriac and the doctor comforts you the way a warm sweater would. (It's weird, I know). But it's time to take a breath and finally schedule that physical you've put off for years and years. Also, visiting the dermatologist, your GYNO and the dentist are all just as important. Keeping up with your health is cool!

Drunk texting.

We've all done it and we all know that it's not fun. At all. If you know you're going to have a few drinks and your instinct is to reach for your phone to fire off some texts - or Tweets - put that ish on airplane mode or give your phone to a friend. Entering your 30s drunk-text free is a wonderful feeling.

Caring what people think about you.

It's human nature to care about the opinions of others. And to an extent, it can be a good thing. But when we obsess and obsess over people liking us or thinking we're "cool" or acceptable, it can be a toxic cycle and the complete opposite of self-love.

Not getting tested for STIs.

It's time to kick every irresponsible habit out of the way as we head into our 30s. If you're still being lazy about getting regularly tested for STIs and you're sexually active, stop it! Practicing safe sex is so, so important. Don't assume everything's all good - get tested. For yourself and for your partner.

Never volunteering.

Volunteering, at first, can seem overwhelming. How do you which organizations are legit? Take a breath and know that there are tons of resources out there to find volunteer opportunities around you. Figure out what you're passionate about, and let that lead you. Volunteering and giving back to a specific community is not only great for your mental health, but it puts some perspective on things you might be stressed or anxious about.

Always being late.

Your time is just as valuable as everyone else's. Being on time shows maturity and thoughtfulness. Nobody likes someone who is always, constantly, forever running late. Also, it's just rude.

Avoiding a serious conversation.

It's never fun to address something that's been bothering you. But it's important to face conflicts head-on. They only get worse if they continue to stew because you're afraid to confront them.

Never drinking water.

Stop your foolishness and drink your dang water. End of story. Keep reading for other bad habits to break ASAP...

Refusing to think before you speak...or Tweet...

There is real value in taking a beat before you say something or Tweet something. Specifically, when you post anything on social media, it's a little terrifying knowing that it will live forever there. Like, truly...forever. So before you send a Tweet or post that Facebook status or decide to loudly declare something, just take a moment to think about your words and the impact they could have.

Constantly gossiping.

It is very hard to not gossip. Sometimes the words just bubble out of us before we can stuff them back in. It's difficult and I'm not denying that. But being conscious of when healthy venting turns into nasty gossiping can be vital. At the end of the day, gossiping just makes you feel as bad as the person you're gossiping about. Here's a golden and old school rule: don't say anything behind someone's back that you wouldn't say to their face.

Not having empathy.

As we grow older, we experience more things. It's a basic truth, but it helps us have more empathy for other people. Practicing empathy towards others is an important part of life, and something I wish I'd taken greater care with when I was younger.

Never cleaning.

Cleaning just seems to become more important as you enter your 30s. It's no fun to come home to a sink full of dirty dishes.

Never flossing.

No matter how many times your dentists insists you need to floss every night, why is it so hard to actually do it? Taking care of your teeth - like your skin - is something that should never be neglected. You may have gotten away with it in your 20s, but it's time so start flossing. The next bad habit to break is a tough one.

Thinking you're always right.

This is a very early 20s thing to do, but unfortunately some people never grow out of it. Listen. None of us have all of the answers. So it only makes us better, more well-adjusted people when we realize we're not always right and we take a moment to stop and listen.

Saying "sorry" all the time.

While it's important to not think you're always right, it's also important to stop saying "sorry" for every little thing. When you overuse the word "sorry" it completely loses its meaning and can even be dangerous to our mental health and the way we view ourselves. Don't apologize for who you are - for your dreams, your successes, your failures - you don't need to apologize for everything you do.

Never using a calendar or planner.

If you try to remember every single place you're supposed to be, chances are you'll forget something and not show up. Utilizing your Google calendar or investing in a physical planner is a great way to get yourself organized and to make sure you actually show up.

Staying in a relationship for the wrong reasons.

It can be difficult when you realize you're in a relationship that you probably shouldn't be in. Listen to people you trust, like your close friends and family, and know that it's okay to walk away from something that isn't what's good for you.

Not putting yourself first.

It's not selfish to put yourself first. Putting your mental, physical and emotional health before others will only allow you to be a better friend and loved one. Share this with a friend who is turning 30 soon!