Your 20s are what you have always imagined as a child to be the years when you are supposed to be in your most well-rounded health. You have also always thought these to be the years when you can experience all things possible and accomplish so much in life so, come your 30s and up, you can focus on settling down and preparing for a graceful retirement. But, many would agree that the reality shows a stark contrast.
Instead of feeling great about their present state and like they could conquer their dreams if they put their mind and soul to it, many are rather the contrary. Aside from feeling demotivated in life, various stressors lead them to think that they’re manifesting signs of aging when they have not reached their prime yet. Generally, there is no drive to engage in activities other than working their day jobs and going home to rest.
What do these 20 somethings, that seem to have already exhausted all their life energy, have in common? Experts have taken a look and imparted valuable advice to them:
They Don’t Care for their Skin Enough
Premature aging is real. And, most often, it is a result of neglecting one’s skin health. They push off getting serious with skincare to a later age thinking products are necessary only when they observe the appearance of dark spots, fine lines, and other marks on their face and skin that are not originally conceivable.
Dermatologists have differing opinions on the matter, but an average consensus points to the teenage years to the early 20s as a good starting point. And, keeping the skin healthy need not involve a dozen of products. As a rule of thumb, a regimen comprising a cleanser, moisturizer, and sunscreen is all you need to keep acne-causing bacteria and irritants, and sun damage at bay.
Nitpicking on the imperfections on their faces when they see themselves in the mirror is another problem. People with acne tend to do this more and what is sad is they blame themselves for their condition when many other factors could have caused such inflammation.
Many people resort to risky means in an attempt to preserve their youth, too, instead of consulting certified dermatologists. Some do not consult experts at all as a sign of resignation.
But, this does not have to be the end for people who still have so much ahead in their lives. Many skincare clinics perform several procedures or solutions such as facial rejuvenation biofillers, Botox, and PDO threads to take away the guesswork on how to stay young-looking from their clients.
They Don’t Care for their Body Enough
Many Millennials who are still in their 20s are guilty of living sedentary lifestyles. This life combining the lack of physical activity, poor posture, addictive use of gadgets, and the consumption of unhealthy food is what mostly leads them to feel chronic fatigue and even chronic pain.
Johns Hopkins Medicine laid down the diseases many women in their 20s are enduring. What is worth noting is that these ailments including high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and rectal and renal cancer aren’t supposed to manifest at such a young age.
Alarming enough, too, is the higher propensity of women in their 20s to experience brain degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s as a result of the oversupply of amyloid proteins in the brain. Other scientific studies purport that Millennials are more forgetful than those from older generations and factors like stress were cited as the main culprits.
Whether stress levels today are significantly higher today than they were decades ago is still debatable. But, there is no doubt that, because we are now in the age when most transactions are automated and tasks can now be more easily executed with the availability of gadgets, people do not prioritize exercise as much. Moreover, the better accessibility of fast food and how media portrays its sexiness over bland vegetables incentivizes unhealthy eating.
They are Suffering Mentally
Stress causes aging and how much it does varies from person to person. Stressors surround us every day, some of them we can deliberately avoid like sensationalized bad news and more physical ones like pollution but others we need to tackle head-ons like our finances and work issues.
No matter what, how we respond to these daily adversities determines our mental well-being. However, many people are already mentally struggling which inhibits them from responding soundly to stressful situations. This is exacerbated if they delay seeking help from mental health professionals, even progressing to serious mental disorders like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
Your 20s are too precious to deprive yourself of all the things you want to try while you are still in good shape. Remember that a healthy body enables you to have a good life outlook and, in turn, encourages you to pursue your goals.