Ten things to master during your 30s

Learn a new language  

Whether you decide to travel, land a dream job abroad, or even find true love with a non-English speaker, it always pays off to learn a second language. You can’t always predict which foreign language will come in handy so don’t worry too much about deciding which one to learn. Put some time towards any language you find interesting – after learning the basics of one, you will find it a lot easier to pick up another. 

Write the perfect resume

After finding your feet in your 20s, now is a great time to buckle down and make the most of all the experience you’ve gained. Mastering your resume will help you finally land the dream job that you’ve worked so hard for. You’ll also be in the perfect position to bounce back should you ever find yourself unemployed.

Keep your resume appealing with some of these common industry tips, and don’t forget to list your multilingual skills if you followed our previous tip!

Learn to cook

We’re all guilty of the occasional take-out run, especially with options like Uber Eats or Menu Log just a few taps away. While eating out might not be as bad as it’s talked up to be, there’s a lot to gain by learning to cook a healthy and balanced meal for yourself. You’ll save plenty of money in the long run and you’ll also have the chance to try new recipes or ingredients which you never considered before. Plus, we may need to learn to prepare meals for any future kids on the horizon!

Baby-proof your home

Even if you don’t plan on starting a family, this is the time when many of our generational friends or siblings will decide to take the plunge for themselves. Having your home set up for kids will help avoid any nasty accidents and also give your parent-friends a reason to visit more often.

The great thing about baby-proofing is you can usually do it yourself without hiring a professional handyman. Most child-safe accessories require minimal set-up and installation. 

Go to bed at the same time every night

A healthy and consistent sleep cycle can do wonders for your physical and mental health. Research suggests people with an irregular bedtime schedule may experience poor sleep quality, and it may be inferred that going to bed at the same time every night could lead to better sleep, leaving you more refreshed and less tired every morning. Plus, couples who go to bed together at the same time every night tend to maintain a closer and more intimate relationship than those who don’t.

Find a mentor

Gaining insight from an older and more experienced colleague can give us a huge head-start in life, whether it’s in our careers, relationships, or personal health.  Don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for guidance from anyone you know including co-workers, friends, or even virtual acquaintances on online forums. There’s a lot to learn if you’re willing to listen. In fact, some of the most successful people have personal mentors to guide them.

Overcome a fear

We all have our personal fears no matter how quirky or irrational they might seem. Learning to overcome them is more about the journey rather than the destination. It’s about gaining the confidence to leave your comfort zone and preparing for any unexpected challenges in the future. Start with something small like your fear of heights or dogs, then work your way up to the bigger ones. Over time you’ll develop a better sense of adaptability and personal growth.

Find your go-to stress relief

There’s no denying that life won’t always go as planned. Even on the best of days, many of us feel burned out from the daily grind so it’s important to have a strategy to blow off that extra steam once in a while. Whether it’s a physical activity, quiet meditation, or listening to your favourite music, find something you love and can always rely on when life becomes too much.

Declutter your home

Real-estate prices in some Australian cities have become absurdly high, so learning to make the most of limited space is more important than ever. Most of us are avoiding the housing bubble by opting for smaller options like granny flats, tiny homes, or apartments, but these don’t come with a garage or backyard where you can horde unused items. Learning to live frugally will help you avoid feeling cramped up among your old tennis racquets, outgrown clothes, or broken TV that you no longer have use for. You’ll also be saving a lot of money in the long run!

Start taking your health seriously

It’s normal to make the most our 20s by taking risks or staying out all night, but don’t let this attitude follow you into the next decade of your life. There comes a time when we all need to think about our future health and take steps to improve it. Eat healthy, get plenty of exercise and rest, switch your occasional beverage out for a glass of water, and visit the doctor when you feel sluggish. Unfortunately, health doesn’t come with a do-over so take care of it the first time!

For even more peace of mind, you can consider Real Life Insurance to help make sure you and your family will have a helping hand for some of life’s set backs. 

This article is an opinion only, provided for general information purposes and shouldn’t be considered or relied upon as professional or personal advice. If you have legal, tax, or financial questions, you should contact an appropriate professional.