You’re more susceptible to mental health issues.
This is a biggie. “While adolescence is often a peak time for mental health struggles too, the most common age of onset for conditions like depression, anxiety and rarer diagnoses such as Bipolar Disorder are actually in our early to mid-20s,” explains Dr Kennedy.
Wanna know why?
Between a mixture of biology, life changes and environmental stressors, Dr Kennedy said our 20s can be a real pressure point when it comes to our health of mind.
“So, it’s really important to be aware that this is a time in our lives where we might be especially vulnerable.”
Mental health can be fickle, and the warning signs aren’t always obvious, but there are a couple of things you should look out for.
“Keeping a close eye on how our sleep, mood and stress levels are doing as we move through our 20s is key, as is reaching out for help early,” suggests Dr Kennedy.
“While our 20s is the time when mental health struggles most commonly become clearer, it’s also a key time to catch things early and set a foundation for getting some help/support and looking after our mind as much as body.”
Your sleep improves.
According to Dr Kennedy, as we age it’s also common to notice changes to our sleep. While sleeping in our teenage years is usually easier, deeper and longer, the brain changes as we move into our 20s and 30s.
“As we get older and move through our 20s, it’s actually a natural part of healthy ageing to note sleep patterns shift for most people slightly,” he explains.
Read: Sleeping in until 11 am every day like you used to do when you were at uni is apparently ‘frowned upon’ when you’re an adult. ¯\_ (ツ)_/¯