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19 Bad Habits You Should Drop Before You Turn 30

Baby, it's time to let go of that bad blood.

1. You're attached to your phone basically always, and kind of ignore everything else around you.

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Today you can pretty much do everything through apps on your phone β€” which makes it unsurprising that in a survey done in 2012, 66% of participants confessed to "nomophobia," an actual fear of being without your phone. Smartphone dependency has become so common that now recovery centers like The Ranch even provide rehab for it.

Do this instead: You can start by downloading an app like Moment to help you track the amount of hours you spend on your phone. Then try setting small boundaries for yourself, such as:

- Putting your phone away when you're out with friends.

- Not using your phone when you're out to dinner.

- Setting it down when you've been on it for more than 20 minutes at a time.

- Not touching it after 11 p.m.

If you need some extra help, here are 22 ways to break up with your cell phone.

2. You keep all your money in your checking account.

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A survey done by Princeton Survey Research Associates International in 2014 found that 36% of adults are not saving for their retirement.

Do this instead: Create a savings account with your bank and try to designate a small amount of money from each paycheck to be taken out and put in your savings. Just putting away $45 a paycheck will add up to $1,080 at the end of the year (if you're paid bimonthly). If your job benefits include a 401(k) make sure to take advantage of that now as well.

3. You hold grudges forever and always.

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When someone burns you β€” especially someone you trusted β€” it's extremely hard to get over the anger and hurt you feel toward them. But a study published in the Association for Psychological Science shows that holding on to those hurtful memories and resentful feelings can have a serious negative impact on your emotional and physical health.

Do this instead: While it may take some time, try to find it in yourself to forgive that person and move on. Don't waste your time concentrating on what's happened in the past. Holding a grudge is hurting you more than it's hurting them.

4. You spend a lottttt of energy thinking about finding a serious relationship.

5. You hate sunscreen (or are totally indifferent to it).

6. You still get wasted...and sometimes on weeknights.

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While it may be tempting after a long day at work, getting drunk and staying out until 2 a.m. will leave you seriously sleep-deprived for the rest of the week β€”Β impairing your decision-making, lowering your productivity at work, and making you more prone to mood swings and weight gain.

Do this instead: Hey, you're not in college anymore. It may be time to start being a bit more responsible. Besides, your hangovers will just keep getting worse and worse β€”Β here's why.

7. You order takeout way more often than you cook.

8. You spend way too much time worrying about what other people think.

9. You think of mental health issues as embarrassing, or a sign of weakness.

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If you broke your arm, would you tell yourself you're weak for needing to get help? No. And the same thought process should be applied to your mental health. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, every year, 1 in 5 adults β€” 43.7 million people β€” experience mental illness in the U.S. And last year only 60% of adults with a serious mental illness received mental health services.

Do this instead: Don't be afraid to reach out to others for help. If you're dealing with reoccurring issues that are affecting your everyday functioning, really consider seeking out professional help. Here is a beginner's guide to beginning therapy and finding a therapist that's right for you.

10. You love your soda.

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Research shows that people who drink a lot of soda have a higher risk of high blood pressure, high blood sugar levels, abnormal cholesterol levels, and excess body fat around the waist β€” all of which could lead to heart disease, stroke, and Type 2 diabetes.

Do this instead: First, look for a good alternative that will keep you hydrated while keeping your cravings at bay β€” a great substitute to give a shot is flavored sparkling water. Then, try limiting yourself to a specific amount of soda a day. You can do it!

11. You're pretty bad about keeping in touch with your friends and family members.

12. It's been about a million years since you last saw the doctor (basically since your parents stopped scheduling your appointments for you).

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It's so easy to go for years without getting regular checkups now that Mom and Dad aren't putting them on your calendar. But disregarding your health now could lead to a lot of trouble down the road that could have easily been prevented.

Do this instead: Take matters into your own hands and do your research. Make sure you're scheduling visits to the doctor, dentist, gynecologist, etc. as often as recommended. Here is a list β€” provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention β€” of necessary health checks for all ages and genders, and here is everything you need to know about getting checked for STIs.

13. You still smoke cigarettes when you've had a few beers (or more often than that).

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Smokers die an average of 10 years earlier than nonsmokers, according to the American Heart Association. Around a third of coronary heart disease deaths and 90% of lung cancer deaths are from smoking and secondhand smoke.

Do this instead: Here is a helpful guide, created by the American Cancer Society, for anyone who wants to quit smoking. Also, if you're someone who only has a smoke after a few drinks, try to drink in an environment where cigarettes won't be readily available to you. Definitely make sure you're not carrying them on you.

14. You still use tanning beds, or lie out in the sun.

15. You still sleep in until 1 p.m. on the weekends to catch up on all that sleep you missed during the week.

16. You generally try to avoid confrontation at all costs...even if it means that you can be a bit passive-aggressive every now and then.

17. You stay in a crappy relationship way, way longer than you should, and you know it.

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While you may know your relationship isn't working, the thought of being on your own is terrifying. The thing is, dead-end relationships are hurting you so much more than you realize. Not only do they have a negative impact on your health, but they also hold you back from infinite opportunities for self-growth.

Do this instead: Find strength in knowing you deserve so much more than what the relationship is giving you and end things. Here are some tips on how to dump someone like an adult.

18. You try to plan out your entire life and obsess over five-year plans instead of living in the present.

19. You're convinced that you're the only one in your twenties who doesn't have your shit together.

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One of the biggest mistakes people make in their twenties is thinking they're the only ones trying to figure life out. Learning how to be independent for the first time is scary. And it's so easy to freak out about relationships, career paths, and where to start with it all once college is over.

Do this instead: First, understand that this is completely normal. Everyone thinks they're the only one who has no idea what they're doing. But the truth is it takes everyone time to learn and figure it all out. Instead of stressing (which is shown to negatively affect your physical and emotional health), be proactive and make a list of all the things you want to accomplish. It can be as simple as "open a credit card," "create a monthly budget," "search for apartments," "apply to four jobs," etc. Then attack them one by one.

This post has been edited for clarity.

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