You probably don’t need to be told again about the dangers of smoking. So we won’t do that. We’ll leave it to the CDC.
You don’t make an effort to de-stress
Drinking, smoking, and fast food. If these sound like your coping skills, then you might be destroying the personal, financial, and health goals of your 40s, says Dr. Metzger. It’s all about the habits, and it takes daily practice to replace the bad with the good. Your brain will be rewired in no time, and it’s a good thing, too, because stress has long been known to cause some serious health problems.
You don’t balance your life
“Chasing your personal and professional goals in your 20s can be very fulfilling,” says Dr. Metzger. But he warns this can also lead to a lot of stress, anxiety, and self-destruction. You don’t want to end up with dying regrets, so maybe find some new balance if you’re feeling overextended.
This doesn’t mean you should stay inside, covered in sunblock, wearing earplugs, and turning off all your electronics. Just be a bit more aware, and you won’t be decrepit before you get the chance to have a midlife crisis.
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Nicholas Knock is a freelance writer for Thrillist who plans on staying young forever! You can follow him on Twitter: @nickaknock.