18 Things You Should Stop Doing by Age 30

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Our 20s don’t last forever. When it comes time to voyage into our 30s, things start to get serious. After three decades on this planet, we’re supposed to become “well-rounded adults.” But what does that even mean? Find out what you should stop doing by the time you turn 30!

1. Constantly Checking Social Media

While social media is in our lives now more than ever, that doesn’t mean you have to keep it that way. Taking breaks from Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram is a necessary part of growing up. Social media promotes negativity, giving you a reason to compare yourself to others. Not only that, but it’s also the root of many immature online arguments that you don’t need to burden yourself with.

2. Eating the Wrong Foods

Eating McDonald’s at midnight should no longer be a frequent occurrence. The same goes for eating at restaurants every day of the week and indulging in fast food too much. All of this unhealthy eating catches up with you as you get older. It would help if you changed your diet now rather than later.

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3. Keeping Toxic People in Your Life

When you’re always busy with work and family, the last thing you want to deal with is toxic relationships. Toxic friends can put a damper on your day and just put you in a bad mood. Learning how to identify toxic people and actually getting them out of your life is an instant stress-reliever.

4. Skipping out on Yearly Physicals

If you haven’t been to the doctor in years, it’s time to call up an office and make an appointment. Just because you aren’t over age 50 doesn’t mean you’re immune to health problems. Even if you have minor issues, seeing a doctor now can prevent even worse health problems in the future.

5. Not Taking Care of Your Teeth

As a teenager and young adult, you might’ve gone days without brushing your teeth. By the time you’re 30, it’s expected that you have an oral hygiene routine that you stick to every day. After all, no one wants to come face to face with someone with bad breath.

At this age, investing in an electric toothbrush may be worth ensuring you’re getting everything cleaned well. In addition to brushing your teeth twice daily, you should also get used to flossing and whitening your teeth.

6. Ignoring Your Skin

Have you noticed forehead wrinkles, crow’s feet, and smile lines forming on your face? Even if they’re faint now, you should make a point to take care of your skin. We won’t get to keep smooth, wrinkle-free skin forever, so you can at least try to make it last longer by washing and moisturizing your face daily.

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7. Spending Beyond Your Means

Your 30s is the time to hunker down and start thinking about your spending habits. Blowing money on extravagant clothes or cocktails gets old fast when you realize you’re low on cash. If you’re guilty of frivolous spending, rethink your expenditures and try to focus on only buying things you need.

8. Being a Bad Friend

Canceling plans out of laziness, forgetting your friends’ birthdays, or not attending a friend’s party just isn’t cool. Take the time to maintain your friendships, and you’ll earn back the trust of your friends.

9. Dwelling on the Past

At age 30, you might wish your life had turned out differently. Looking back on missed opportunities, past relationships, and negative experiences is something that we all do. Ultimately, turning 30 doesn’t mean you can’t progress any further. It’s the perfect time to forget about the past and work to influence your future.

10. Not Having a Savings Account

Everyone needs a savings account, regardless of age. If you don’t already have one, now’s the time to start saving. Don’t forget to consider opening a retirement savings account as well.

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11. Neglecting to Clean Your House or Apartment

Unfortunately, most of us don’t have the luxury of having a personal cleaning service. We all know that cleaning is an annoying task, but it just needs to get done (preferably on a daily or bi-weekly basis). Living in a dirty house or apartment just isn’t healthy, and it’s a surefire way to deter guests.

12. Failing to Apologize for Your Mistakes

Maturity is owning up to your mistakes. As much as you might hate apologizing, it’s the appropriate thing to do when you’ve done something wrong. A sincere apology can put you on better terms with the person you wronged and will relieve you of pent-up guilt.

13. Giving Up on Fashion

It’s easy to lose your sense of style over time. Instead of leaving the house in the comfiest clothes possible, try putting the effort into your look. You’ll feel much more confident when you rediscover and rock your new style.

14. Beating Yourself Up

Don’t let your negative thoughts tear you down. Even if you can’t finish all this by your 30th birthday, do so at your own pace. Stop beating yourself up for things you did or didn’t do, and look forward to a new era of your life.

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15. Overworking

In our 20s, life is all about climbing that career ladder and making money. However, many people get so caught up in the hustle that they forget work-life balance and neglect themselves for the sake of making money. Once you enter your 30s, this hustle can lead to burnout and impact your health.

If you work ridiculous hours or rarely unplug from work, it’s time to set better boundaries and carve out time for yourself and your family.

16. Seeking Approval of Others

As a young adult, it’s easy to get caught up in trying to seek the approval of your friends, colleagues, and mentors. However, there’s a difference between trying your best at work and making your who life revolve around the approval of others. When you hit your 30s, you should be fairly established and know who you are. So it’s time to live authentically and stop trying to constantly gain favor with others.

17. Relying on Your Parents

Many people rely on their parents from time to time. However, if you’re in your 30s and still letting mom and dad pay some of your bills or, even worse, living with your parents, it’s time to cut that cord and embrace your independence.

18. Living Like A College Student

We all remember what it was like when we were in college. At the time, it often seemed fun and manageable. However, our bodies change as we age, especially once we hit 30. We become more mature.

Now, there’s no reason why you can’t party and have fun sometimes, even as you grow older. However, the days of beer pong, all-nighters, and nursing a hangover the next day are long gone. So, stop acting like a college student and start acting like what you are: a full-blown adult.

Be Someone You’re Proud Of

As you enter your 30s, life becomes a lot less about what other people think and a lot more about how you see yourself. Many of the suggestions above are helpful for your health, but they will also help mold you into the type of adult you really want to be.

While you’re at it, make sure you are following workplace etiquette and how to act at social gatherings.

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Megan Glosson

Megan Glosson is a passionate writer based in Nashville, TN. She enjoys writing about topics related to health, wellness, and everyday life, especially when the topic has a personal connection to her own life. Megan is currently published on over a dozen websites, including YourTango, Feel & Thrive, Moms.com, and The Mighty. Megan also serves as a content editor for Unwritten, a digital publication focused on millennial lifestyles.