Maybe your mother warned you.
Perhaps it was your grandmother or the ladies from your church. Maybe no one warned you, but you’ve started to pick up on the fact that your body is revolting against you. Even the smallest amount of carbs and sugar seem to go straight to your hips, thighs, or bum. Stress and anxiety are real concerns and your skin is not what it used to be.
It’s no wonder, you’re over 30 now.
Surprise! Busy life, slowing metabolism, and changing hormones all lead to a new phase in your life where you need to pay attention to things you never have before.
Here are 10 Wellness Habits Women Over 30 Can No Longer Avoid:
Stress and Anxiety Reduction:
Stress and anxiety levels are on the rise for women over the age of 30. And it’s no wonder with the societal dreams of truly doing it all. Make sure you keep your anxiety levels in check, so they don’t negatively impact the relationships and responsibilities that are important. Looking for easy way to reduce mild stress and anxiety? Get active for a minimum of 15 minutes per day. A walk around the office can do wonders for your mood.
Healthier Eating Habits:
It’s no secret that what you ate in your teens and 20s has a much different impact on your body now than it did then. Make healthy eating a conscious daily choice. Develop good habits now. Most women see their metabolisms slow in their 30s and it’s good to stay ahead of it where you can.
Drink enough water! Healthy skin, a strong immune system, and even weight control are all positively impacted by your water consumption levels. An average 30-year-old woman should drink about 2 liters of water each day.
Increase Calcium Intake:
Calcium truly is important. Many women begin to lose bone density in their 30s, but don’t realize it until much later in life. Even if you’re not much of a milk drinker, make sure you’re eating three or more servings of cheese, yogurt, or other dairy products each day.
These next few are a bit more personal, but arguably some of the most important. Talk to your doctor about possible changes in contraceptives. Many women are decidedly done with pregnancy in their 30s and don’t want a surprise bundle of joy showing up anytime soon. There are several options available depending on your personal plans between now and menopause.
Up-To-Date Health Screenings.
While you’re talking to your doctor about contraception, make sure you also bring up routine screenings and tests. Based on your family history, now is the time to pay attention to additional tests and lifestyle changes. Has your eyesight changed? If you don’t have glasses, now might be a good time to get your eyes checked. Many doctors also recommend additional thyroid testing after age 35.
How have you been sleeping? Do you find yourself keeping odd hours or overtired during the day? It might be time to adjust your sleep schedule.
Be Responsible and Organized.
This might seem like an odd one, but there are several studies that people who have the lowest stress levels and live the longest are kind, organized, creatures of habit.
I know more than a few 30-something women who wake up one day and realize that they have completely settled into a “groundhog’s day” kind of life; job, family, kid’s activities, and housework. There is little time and variety for themselves. If this sounds familiar, it’s time to break that chain and make some time to do something you love. Not sure what hobbies you enjoy anymore? Get adventurous and try something new each month!
Stop Caring about Others’ Opinions of You!
You are beautiful. Don’t judge yourself by anyone else’s standards. As a 30-something adult woman, you have talents and relationships and families to be proud of. Be grateful for the little things and stop worrying about what other’s think. After all, you can’t change their minds, but you can change your own.
In the end, it’s never too late to reverse bad habits. We got away with a lot in our teens and 20s, but it’s time to buckle down and truly appreciate the bodies and minds we’ve been given. Treat yourself well!
Were you surprised by something that changed in your 30s? Which wellness habits haven’t you been able to avoid? Share your experiences with me in the comments section below!