Work out in the morning
If you’ve (finally) developed the habit of hitting your go-to fitness studio right after work instead of getting half-off cocktails at happy hour, we’re giving you major props. Unfortunately though? Pulmonary and critical care physician, Cedric Rutland, MD, says that morning workouts is the better time-of-day choice for your 30s. “Sure, getting up is no fun, but it’s proven scientifically that working out in the a.m. increases your energy level throughout the day, along with improving your mood and the feeling of accomplishment before you arrive to work,” he shares. He says this extra burst of motivation will also give you more time (and desire) to plan your meals, making you more mindful about portions and nutrition.
Learn to manage stress and anxiety
Those pizza-and-soda fueled all-nighters during finals might be some of your best memories in college, but if you haven’t learned stress-relief strategies that work for you by the time you reach 30, it can start adding up to serious health issues. As psychologist Nikki Martinez, Psy.D, LCPC explains, stress is responsible for 77 percent of all illnesses—from digestion issues to an inability to lose weight. That’s why she says learning effective coping skills that work specifically for you is key to happiness in your 30s. “When you reach an age where your body is going through changes and is not bouncing back as it once did, stress and anxiety can actually start to become quite significant issues. It can cause you to gain weight, due to the high levels of cortisol it produces. It can cause illness, prevent pregnancy, and contribute to miscarriage. It can start to really meaningfully impact relationships that are more serious at this age, prevent you from moving up in a career that you should be fairly established in, and it can rub off on your children, who learn coping styles and skills from observations,” she explains. “Learning solid coping skills, stress management, mindfulness and healthy outlets can truly impact each and every area of your functioning.”