Health Changes Most Women Make By Their 30s
You feel invincible in your early 20s. You could toss back a bottle and a half of wine on a Tuesday night at midnight and get up at 7:30 am the next morning, perky and bright-eyed for your internship. And you could be on the treadmill for well over an hour. You’d pass a food baby from a giant burrito within seven hours of consumption, and have perfectly taught abs again as if that burrito run never happened. And then, one day, you’re not quite sure how or when something changed. You woke up after a night of drinking a bottle and a half of wine and you..didn’t…feel…perfect!? How is this?! And you ate an enormous burrito but woke up still full the next day? That’s when you realize you need to make some adjustments. Here are health changes most women make by their 30s.
You pee before and after the deed
You don’t care if it isn’t sexy or it ruins the moment; you hop out of bed the second sex is over to pee. You’re past the age of toughing out UTI’s like they’re no big deal. They are a big deal and a huge annoyance.
You drink more water
You don’t touch the second cocktail until you’ve had an enormous glass of water. You don’t care how long it takes to get that glass of water from the bartender. You go into the kitchen and steal a pitcher of water if you have to.
You ease up on your joints
You stop jogging every day as if you’re training for some marathon. You get more into things that are easy on your joints like swimming and Pilates.
You handle stress differently
You don’t handle stress by drinking tons of alcohol or shopping for clothes. Instead, you get into meditation, yoga, aromatherapy, hot baths, good books and things like that.
You find a doctor you like
You don’t just take whatever doctor is assigned to you by your health insurance. You shop around and find the one you feel most comfortable talking to, because you know it’s important to open up to your doc.
You actually track what you eat
You actually have some mental log of what you’ve eaten that day, and no longer accidentally eat pizza three times in a week without even noticing it.
You drink only on the weekends (ish)
You realize that you don’t need to have two glasses of wine every single night. You should probably save the booze for the weekends when you’re socializing.
You get those eight hours of sleep
They are a priority. You don’t have the same systems in place you did in your earlier years that somehow allowed you to thrive on six hours of sleep a night.
You get rid of toxic friends
You suddenly ask yourself, “Why do I keep these b*tches around? I don’t care if they like me; I don’t like them!” and you kick toxic friends out of your life.
You care about your birth control
You don’t just accept whatever generic pill your doctor prescribes you. You ask questions about things like how it affects weight gain, PMS symptoms, acne, and moods. You ask about side effects and effectiveness.
You get things checked out
If something seems out of the ordinary, you go to a doctor. You don’t wait a few weeks to see if it goes away. You are on the better-safe-than-sorry plan.
You don’t share as much
You don’t share water bottles, cigarettes, bathing suits, toothbrushes…you know how quickly bacteria spreads.
You make more food at home
You switch from eating out for most meals and making food at home once a week to eating in for most meals and dining out once a week. You actually set aside the time to grocery shop.
You kick the energy drinks
You don’t do whatever you want, put your body through hell, and lean on energy drinks to clean up the damage. If you need caffeine, you turn to healthier things like tea. But you also try to not need as much caffeine.
You care about being regular
You actually keep track of your bowel movements, pay attention to things like diarrhea and constipation, and try to keep a diet that keeps you regular.
You avoid burn out
You don’t try to do it all anymore. You’re selective. You know what matters to you, you make time for that, and nothing else. You are very aware of burn out and try to avoid it.
You stop asking your friends for medical advice
You stop texting your friends pictures of weird rashes and seek out professional medical advice. You don’t just take your friend’s word for it that it’s a bathing suit rash.
You ditch the high heels
You’re done putting your feet and your skeleton through that torture. If you can’t comfortably walk around the store in a shoe for ten minutes, you’re not buying it.
You invest more in good friendships
You realize that by putting a little effort into healthy friendships you get a lot in return. You get a boost of happy hormones, a boost to your self-confidence, and an exchange of positive ideas.
You talk to your mom about her health
You ask your mom more about her medical history, and your family’s medical history, to find out what you’re at risk for.