4 Ways to Invest in Yourself
posted on October 23, 2017 | by Chelsea Becker
The best ways you can invest in yourself don’t involve spending a ton of money (if any at all), but more so act as opportunities for you to find out what you need from yourself to feel fulfilled. This probably sounds a little deep, but if you feel lost or slightly confused it could be just what you need. When you’re questioning friendships, your job – or even yourself – investing the time to discover why and figure out what your next step is might be the best thing you could do.
Put your happiness first
If you don’t feel happiness at some point (almost) every day, then it might be time to take a hard look at why. Give yourself permission to take a few days, even weeks, to discover what you need to do for yourself to feel the happiness that’s lacking. Investing in yourself in this way is invaluable because you definitely don’t deserve to go through life unfulfilled.
Evaluate your career
Unfortunately we probably spend just as much time, if not more, working than we do actually living. This means it’s crucial you feel daily satisfaction from your job. If this isn’t the case, take a moment to think about why you’re not liking it. Is it because of the people, the work, the location? You have the right to be happy – professionally and personally – so getting to the bottom of the situation is worth any amount of time you have to spend thinking about it.
Take care of your mind and body
When you’re feeling like crap and you haven’t been active in months, it’s bound to catch up with you. It can start to affect you socially, personally and even at work. If you can’t find the motivation to exercise at home, then maybe it’s worth investing in some kind of gym membership. Whether that’s cycling, yoga or just to go walk on the treadmill for a bit – it’s worth it. The best kind of workout is the one you’ll actually do, so if that means finding a stipend for health in your monthly budget, do it.
The same goes for your mental health. This is definitely an area that, if you’re struggling, you shouldn’t try to deal with on your own. Find a therapist or even a friend or family member that won’t judge you and you feel you can be honest with. Try meditation, or journalism – whatever! It’s beyond crucial to always have an outlet for any kind of mental health issues.
Develop your skills
If there’s something you’ve always wanted to learn to do or try out as a hobby, now is the time! I’ve always found the best (and most affordable) way to start something new is to find a book about the topic. If you can get through the book and still want to give it a go, try taking a class or buying the materials you need to take it to the next level. Learning or further developing your skills can lead to all kinds of amazing opportunities like meeting new friends, increased happiness and even a possible new career. It’s 100% worth the time to find out.
How do you invest in yourself?
I love this. I have been feeling kind of lost lately, so I’ve been really trying to “find myself” and become more happy by doing a lot of these things. I actually just got a gym membership and I have found that there are actually certain work outs that I love and they make me feel good! I also have been trying out different hobbies. Getting a book on the subject is great idea and I’m going to have to do that! Thank you for sharing these tips, they really came at a perfect time for me.
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