Though I would hardly call myself old, my teenage years seem like so long ago! There are many things that I look back on and wish I had done differently, though of course somethings that I would definitely do exactly the same, equally learning from both situations. Hindsight is a funny old thing.
I would tell myself to take better care of myself, in a variety of ways:
- Sleep – would let myself know that sleeping until lunchtime is just not a productive use of time. There is such a thing as oversleeping!
- Sun – I was (and yes, still am), a bit of a sun junkie. I love the sunshine and holidays and was rather naughty, a lot, with suncream (basically lack of) and just thought that I “won’t get a tan” if I use it. I was also partial to the odd sunbed now. Something I am pretty against now. Makes me cringe when I think of it now.
- Teeth – My teeth are I no way awful but they could certainly be better! I don’t think teenage me would have known what floss even was (gross). I remember that crawling into bed after a late night, as soon as I go through the door, would take preference over any teeth or skincare routine of an evening (double gross).
- I never had braces growing up but I think they are so important. Like I say, my teeth aren’t awful but they could be improved. I think what puts a lot of people off is the fact that braces can take around 2 years to work their magic. Sensu have a great treatment called Fastbraces that make straightening your teeth takes half that time, and they are clear, invisible braces. I would have certainly had them done back in the day if that type of thing had been available.
- Exercise – whilst I was pretty fit back then (doing a Sport & Exercise Science degree and on the University netball team), I only did exercise when I needed to really, which was basically netball training. I did watch what I ate and was happy with my figure. I would loved to however, been super strong and toned and made exercise a really important part of my life. I want to be one of those people that can’t survive unless they’ve worked out every day. I know that it is is definitely not too late to change this, just harder to implement I suppose.
What kind of things would you say to your younger self?