For many of us, navigating our 20s feels like riding a fast, busy, and seriously emotional rollercoaster.
This is a time to find ourselves, to establish our careers, and most of all, to adjust to this whole adulting thing.
Some of us have dreaded student loan payments to make, or weekend jobs to work.
Then, we have to get to our yoga and kickboxing classes, fulfill family commitments, attend birthday parties, do some laundry, go food shopping, and honestly, the list just never ends.
You have to plan your life effectively, because before you know it, your life will be controlling you.
Here are seven ways to navigate love and life in your 20s when you're the busiest chick around town.
1. Plan out an exercise routine that works for you.
We all know exercising is a major stress-reliever. And once you're done with your workout, you feel accomplished AF.
Pro tip: It's a lot easier to sign up for a couple of classes throughout the week to guarantee specific blocks of time dedicated solely to reaching your fitness goals.
2. Get in the habit of booking your next hair and nail appointments when you're at the salon.
This way, you won't forget. You also won't get to the point where you're itching to switch up your hair color, but can't seem to squeeze it into your hectic schedule.
3. Learn how to say "no."
This is an important one. You're not superwoman, and you can't please everyone all the time. Appreciate just how precious your time is, and be super selective with the invites you say “yes” to.
4. Combine plans.
It's so important to cherish your friendships in your 20s. The busier we get, the easier it is to let the gems in our lives slip away before making time for them.
If you can squeeze in plans for a quick lunch, or happy hour drinks to catch up with your girlfriends, do it! It doesn't always have to be some elaborate, flashy night out.
Maybe you have a fun work invitation, and you're able to bring along a plus one. Cease the opportunity to extend the invite to one of your besties.
5. Savor your weekends.
Don't feel guilty about completely relaxing and chilling out on the weekends.
Use this as your “me time” to recharge and catch up on things you want to do for yourself. Get rid of all of those FOMO feels, and just do you.
6. Love will happen when you least expect it, so embrace it with open arms.
And when it does come your way, you need to learn how to let things go, too.
Don't hold onto the guy who's stringing you along and clearly doesn't want to make a commitment to you. You deserve way better, and you quite literally don't have the time or patience for it.
7. Learn how to establish boundaries.
Whether certain friends are taking advantage of you, or other commitments are just too time-consuming, it's vital to learn how to protect the time you need for yourself.
Once your routine is more manageable, you'll finally start to feel like you can truly enjoy life. Let the positive vibes flow, and live your life to the fullest.