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30 Things You Need to Try at Least Once While You’re in Your 20s

30 Things You Need to Try at Least Once While You’re in Your 20s

As a young woman in her mid-20s, I can honestly say that there are a lot of things that I want to try at least once during this decade. I do think that I have done a lot, and that I am mature for my age, but I don’t want the feeling of regret to take over my life later on. There are many things to do before you hit your 30s!

Sometimes I take life too seriously, and I want to let loose as well. I don’t want to look back several years from now and wonder why I was so “serious” when I was younger. These years are supposed to be the time of our lives, right?

1. Travel alone.

Traveling alone can teach one a lot about themselves. You can also do what you want, when you want to. You can visit new places on your own time frame as well.

2. Travel the world.

Take at least one long-term trip. You can backpack across Europe, visit all of the Wonders of the World, and so on.

3. Connect with your family.

I’m going to guess that you might not have had the most perfect relationship with your family when you were a teenager. This is something that happens to many people, but as an adult, you should be trying to reconnect and re-establish relationships with family members.

4. Determine your passion.

When you first find that “real” job, you may be swept away by the money aspect, but what is it that you want to do?

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5. Determine your life goals.

What are your life goals? Do you want to have a family? A dream home? Travel the world? Retire at a young age? This is definitely a big thing to do in your 20s.

6. Get rid of that debt.

You might think that everyone has debt, but you don’t have to. I don’t care what the statistics are and I don’t care if everyone else has debt. Get rid of it!

7. Learn a new language.

Learning a new language can be hard, but it is well worth it.

8. Join a team.

There are plenty of adult sports teams that you can join. Local bars sometimes have volleyball teams or hockey teams, and you might even be able to find a fun dodge ball or kickball team in the summertime.

9. Spend time with friends.

You may notice that life is speeding past you. As a person in your 20s, things are probably changing drastically. You may have recently started your first job, you may be starting your own family, you may be moving to a brand new place. Spending time with friends whom you care about is very important.

10. Find your own home.

Sometimes finances get in the way of this one, but if you can, definitely try to find our own home. You can learn a lot about yourself this way, and it is a great step towards independence.

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11. Visit the Grand Canyon.

There are so many things to do when visiting the Grand Canyon. You will be surprised!

12. Go on a road trip.

Gather some of your friends and go on a spontaneous road trip: I guarantee that you will have fun.

13. Do something crazy.

Have you ever thought about jumping out of a plane? I’m sure you’ve seen pictures of your friends or acquaintances doing this and have wondered or dreamed about doing the same. Well, what’s stopping you?

14. Train for a marathon.

Have you ever done a marathon? Try one now!

15. Take a cooking class.

Have you ever really learned how to cook?

16. Volunteer.

There are so many great organizations out there that could use your help—go find one.

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17. Dedicate one full day to doing nice things for strangers.

This can be a lot of fun: You can carry out groceries for someone at the store, buy coffee for the person behind you in line, or maybe help a stranger with a random task. The list is endless and it will restore faith in humanity for these strangers.

18. Go offline for one week.

Leave your cell phone at home and your laptop closed.

19. Go camping.

I’ve never been camping, and I’m sure there are others out there like myself who have always wanted to as well.

20. Attend an awesome event.

Have you ever wanted to go to Oktoberfest in Germany? What about Coachella?

21. Go to Las Vegas.

Las Vegas is a lot of fun, and well worth the experience.

22. Learn how to play golf.

It can be a lot of fun, and it’s a great networking skill.

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23. Point your finger at a map and go there.

Hopefully you don’t pick a place that’s super boring, but even if you do, just go anyway.

24. Cook something new every single day for 30 days.

This is a lot harder than it sounds, but it can be a lot of fun, and will improve your culinary skills.

25. Say “Yes” to everything for a certain length of time.

You would be surprised at how you feel after this.

26. Scuba dive.

If you are like me, then you might be afraid of what lingers in the water. Forget your fears and just do it.

27. Win an award.

Doesn’t matter what the award is. Strive for something and obtain it.

28. Make friends with your neighbors.

Do you know who your neighbors are? What about the person living 3 doors down? Most don’t—change that.

29. Learn a new dance.

Do you know how to waltz or tango? Learning these dances can be a lot of fun, and you’d have an interesting skill to tell someone about.

30. Write a letter to yourself.

Write a letter and read it several years from now. It’ll be a nice memoir, and you may be surprised at what your younger self had to say.

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How to Keep Yourself Awake at Work Without Caffeine

How to Keep Yourself Awake at Work Without Caffeine

Keeping yourself awake at work can be a real challenge when you’re bored, exhausted or sleep-deprived.

But before you reach for that can of Red Bull, bottle of Mountain Dew, or pot of coffee, try these healthy remedies to stimulate your 5 different senses and help you stay awake at work:

Sight – Visual Stimulation

The first thing you do when you wake up is opening your eyes, so your visual stimulation is very important to keeping your energy level high.

1. Maximize your exposure to light.

Your body’s internal rhythm is regulated by the amount of light you receive. The greater your exposure, the more alert you will feel.

Open the shades and let in the sunlight. Step outside or look out the window. Turn on all the artificial lights in your office or around your work space.

2. Exercise your eyes (or give them a break).

Roll your eyes up and down, side to side and diagonally. Rotate them clockwise and then counterclockwise. Squeeze them shut and then open them wide. Do this several times.

Reading and sitting in front of a computer screen for long periods can lead to eye fatigue.

Take regular breaks with deliberate blinking and looking out into the distance.

3. Take note of your environment.

Learn to enjoy people-watching. Observe their activities, speech, body language and interactions with others. Notice the details of building, trees and other objects around you, including their color, shape and size.

By doing this, you’re not only relaxing your eye muscles but also calming your mind.

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Hearing – Auditory Stimulation

What you hear or listen to have direct effect on your brain. This is why we feel so annoyed and sometimes angry when we hear construction noise when we’re working.

4. Engage in conversation.

Talk to a friend or colleague. Trade funny stories. Discuss your business venture, a creative idea, the latest political scandal, or any other topic that interests you.

Practice mindful listening to what you and the other person are saying. Tune into the tone, volume and content of the conversation.

Learn how to practice better listening from this guide:

Why Listen to Reply Instead of Understand Is the Key to Failure

5. Listen to upbeat music.

Try hip hop, rock or jazz to keep you alert. Instrumental, non-distracting music works best.

Sing, whistle, and hum along if you can. Plug in the earphones if you must.

Smell – Olfactory Stimulation

If you’re feeling sleepy and suddenly smell the coffee, you’ll probably feel more energetic. This is why smell is an influential stimulation.

6. Work your nose.

Aroma therapists recommend essential oils of peppermint (to boost energy), rosemary (to build awareness), eucalyptus (to increase oxygen), cedarwood  (to activate your mind), and cinnamon (to improve your reaction time).

If you don’t have essential oils on hand, you can use lotions or burning candles that provide the same scents.

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Citrus like lemons, limes, grapefruits and oranges are also natural olfactory stimulants. Get a whiff of these citrus scents to stay awake.

Taste – Gustatory Stimulation

If you want an energetic day at work, you can’t let your tongue feeling plain and flavorless.

7. Have a good breakfast.

Start off with the most important meal of the day.

Think fresh, light and healthy: bran cereals, wholegrain breads, fruits, and yogurt.

Nix the heavy stuff like sausages, greasy eggs or pancakes.

Need some breakfasts inspirations? Check out these ideas:

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8. Drink lots of water.

Keep a glass or bottle of H2O near you and sip from it throughout the day. Dehydration can leave you feeling tired, sluggish and sleepy.

So make sure you drink enough water throughout the day. Not sure how much to drink? This can help you:

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Think that you’ve been drinking too little water? Try these friendly reminders:

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9. Eat energy-boosting snacks.

Nuts and fruits (like bananas, apples and strawberries) are sure bets. Pairings with staying power include baby carrots with a low-fat cream cheese dip; celery sticks with peanut butter; red peppers with hummus; and plain yogurt with granola.

Avoid carb-filled, sugary snacks that make you crash and leave you feeling tired.

Here you can find some healthy snack ideas:

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Touch – Tactile Stimulation

Last but not least, your sense of touch will make you physically feel more energetic and less stressful.

10. Splash cold water on your face.

Do this in the morning, during bathroom breaks and in the afternoon. Being exposed to cold water pushes your body to adjust and regulate its internal temperature, which in turn keeps you alert.

This works the same as you take a cold shower to increase mood and alertness. Take a look at this article to learn more about it:

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11. Use acupressure.

Apply pressure to, massage, or tap on the stimulation points of your body. These include the top of your head, the back of your neck, the back of your hand (between the thumb and index finger), just below the knee and your earlobes.

Watch this video to learn about the acupressure points you can try:

12. Get moving.

Move away from your chair and stand, walk, run or climb the stairs. Feel the earth under your feet. Stretch and twist. Do jumping jacks, lunges, push-ups and back bends.

And if you need to move more discreetly, wiggle your feet, bounce your knee up and down, scrunch your toes, or cross your legs.

You can also try some simple stretches and exercises at your desk:

Unlike addictive caffeine fixes, these remedies activate your senses, engage your attention, amp up your energy and prevent morning grogginess and afternoon slumps without the side effects or health risks.

Pick a few ways from this list of suggestions and practice them consistently. And when you do this consistently, you’ll soon see the positive results — a more energetic and productive you at work.

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