By: Tea Kingley
Three Ways to Invest in Yourself
Often, we can put other people or our jobs before our own well-being, and even when we do supposedly care for ourselves it can be in ways that might not be the best for us long-term. Here are three ways that you can invest in your own life, both present and future!
Put Your Health First.
You might renege on taking care of your health for a number of reasons. Whether you don’t feel like you can take off work to go to the doctor or you’re too scared that the doctor will say something you don’t want to hear, remember that you need to put your own health first. If your boss/work is the problem, try to schedule your doctor appointments in a way that shows them that you’re trying to make it easy on them while also refusing to let your own well-being fall by the wayside. Some ways to do this include taking the first appointment of the day and coming in late, taking the last appointment of the day and leaving early, or scheduling all your yearly checkups for the same day so your boss is only missing you for one day rather than multiple. You can also make your doctors day a fun activity to do with family members or a significant other, so it’s not something you forget or dread. If you’re putting off your appointments because you’re too scared to hear the results, just remember that, as our very own Jeff Graham said, “The empowerment you feel from knowing is so much better than the anxiety you feel from waiting.” If there is something wrong, the sooner you find out about it the easier it will be to fix. Don’t forget about your physical health, because if your body isn’t functioning at its best then it can hurt other parts of your life too.
Spend and Save Your Money Wisely.
It’s important to find a balance between saving your money and investing in yourself. It’s generally a good practice to put some money from each paycheck away into savings — if you save up now, you’ll have the money and resources to invest in yourself later — but remember that although overspending isn’t good, you are allowed to spend some money on yourself. Investing in yourself can include shelling out a little extra for that organic food at the grocery store, or on a bigger scale getting yourself something that you really want as a reward for all of your hard work. What’s the point of working hard and saving up if you can’t then use that money to take care of and treat yourself?
Tailor Your Mindset to Your Goals.
It’s not healthy to be stressed and grinding until you burn out, but if you’re too chill or don’t care then your goals will pass you by. Once again, balance is of paramount importance. Going after your dreams does require a hustle and laser focus, just be sure that that doesn’t get in the way of your well-being, otherwise there will be no you to live your dreams anyway! Set your intentions for each day and take care of your mental and physical health, and be sure to nurture your drive in the process.