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Changes to make in your 30s for success


MANY people spend their 20s getting some unhealthy behaviours out of their system – like sleeping until 2pm on Saturdays and spending all their disposable cash on new kicks.

But your 30s are an ideal time to cement the habits that will help you achieve personal and profession­al fulfilment for the rest of your life.

To give you a head start, we sifted through recent question and answer site Quora threads on this transition and highlighte­d the most compelling responses.

Here are six lifestyle tweaks you can make to lay the foundation for lifelong success: Stop smoking If you’ve started smoking, stop immediatel­y, suggests Quora user Cyndi Perlman Fink.

While you can’t undo the damage you may have already incurred, research suggests that those who quit before age 40 have a 90% lower mortality risk than those who continue.

Start going to sleep and waking up at the same time every day

It might be tempting to use the weekends to recoup your sleep debt, but Nan Waldman recommends you hit the hay and wake up around the same time every single day.

If you oversleep for even a few days, experts say you risk resetting your body clock to a different cycle, so you’ll start getting tired later in the day. Avoid a lifetime of sleep issues by sticking to bedtime and wake up routines whenever you can. Start exercising regularly “Try to move yourself as much as possible,” says Alistair Longman. “It doesn’t matter if it’s walking, cycling, running, weightlift­ing, hiking, swimming – as long as it involves some movement.” In the latter half of your 30s, you start losing muscle mass, so it’s especially important to exercise at this time. But remember to choose physical activities you really love, since you’re less likely to continue if you dislike your workouts. Start keeping a journal “Journal your life. Your written records will entertain and endear in your future,” writes Mark Crawley. Even if you’d prefer to keep your musings to yourself, putting your thoughts and feelings on paper can help you deal with stressful events. Start saving money “Building the habit of saving early means you will continue it further down the line,” says Cliff Gilley.

It might seem as though your golden years are a lifetime away, but the earlier you start saving, the more time your money has to accrue interest. Start pursuing a life dream “Don’t delay pursuing your life goals,” writes Bill Karwin. “Want to buy a house? Have kids? Write a book? Pick one of those life goals and get started. What can you do between now and the end of the year to embark on one of them?” – The Independen­t

 ??  ?? Keeping a journal is one of the habits to start in your 30s that will set you up for life.
Keeping a journal is one of the habits to start in your 30s that will set you up for life.

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