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Wise Ways for Women to Thrive in Their 20s and 30s

By Sandy Schroeder

It’s easy to keep looking over your shoulder, or peering forward in today’s world, wondering what’s next. It’s also easy to load up under family, job, and financial pressures, but there are ways to thrive.

Dr. Nancy Van Sloun, AllinaHealth.org, advises young women to, “Love the body you’ve been given. The more you appreciate your body as it is, the more likely you are to take care of it.”

She suggests focusing on contentment, and the most important things in your life.  I have seen this play out. When a single woman, mom or wife makes room for the things that keep her centered, she creates an inner contentment that lets her give back more back to everyone around her.

What to Do Next

The New York Times recommends taking the time to treat yourself well. 

Family issues - If you are planning a family, see your doctor for health advice and risk assessment. If you have kids, be their role model. They will learn the most watching you handle stress, eat heathy and stay active.

Figure out who you are – Ohio State University sociology professor, Dr. Hui Zheng, says, “I would suggest 20-year-olds find a job they feel passionate about. This passion keeps them motivated, helps them find meaning in life, and increases expectations about their future, making them more engaged in life.”

Stay active –  Spending time at the gym, or even finding time for a daily run can be tricky. But you can still be active if you use morning and afternoon breaks to walk, and do stretching exercises after lunch. If it’s feasible, walk or bike to work. On the weekends, head to the park with your friends or family.

Reduce the sugar - Dr. Steven E. Nissen, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, suggests: “Avoid excessive simple sugar, eliminating sugared soft drinks, breakfast cereals with added sugar and adding table sugar to foods. Excessive sugar has been linked to obesity and diabetes, which contributes to heart disease.”

Eat lots of veggies and fruits – Hit the farmers market once a week and pick the most luscious specimens. Then roam through sites like Epicurious.com to find new ways to prepare everything. Dump the chips and cookies and stock up on nuts and yogurt.

Do after-party exercises – Dr. Barry Popkin,  University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, suggests burning up all of those weekend extra snack and alcohol calories by doubling up on exercises.

If some of these tips make sense to you, keep repeating them -- and enjoy the results.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Irvine, Calif.

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