How often do you invest in yourself?
In a busy working world, many forget to make their own well-being a priority. And after years of self-neglect, that’s when they reach their breaking point.
Most people have a breaking point, but they don’t know exactly when or where that will be. Don’t wait to find out the hard way. The best way to avoid taking a journey that you didn’t plan is by investing in yourself now. If you take time to invest in yourself, your life won’t take you down a raging river. Instead of remaining a victim of circumstance, be proactive.
Here are five ways to invest in yourself.
How to Invest in Yourself
1. Pay attention to your body
Your body tells you what it needs. Listen to it. When you’re not feeling well, battling constant fatigue, or experiencing pains or changes in your body, see your physician. Take time to schedule a regular check-up and maintain good health so you can accomplish the things you want.
Taking care of your body will allow it to take care of you when you need it most. Having a healthy mind and body will allow you to recharge faster.
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2. Don’t focus on the past too much
Connect with something other than negative history by focusing on a healthy future. Take the lessons from your past and use them to make your future healthier and happier. Share your experiences with others to help them overcome the adversity that you encountered.
Sharing takes the negative focus off you and offers a healthier, more inspirational way of sharing what you have learned. Through healthy and honest communication, you can reap the benefits too.
3. Find your inner peace
Peace brings good health so take time to place yourself in a peaceful state, free of disturbances. Your inner peace may take you out into nature, hiking, or walking along a beach. You may meditate or practice yoga. It could be as simple as reading a good book with a cup of tea.
Whatever it is that takes you to a state of peacefulness, is essential to a healthy daily routine.
4. Opt out of negativity
When you have a constant influx of negativity, understand that you have options. One of them is to opt out of negativity by refusing to participate in gossip, arguments or unhealthy conversations. Make the choice to decline the invitation to raise your blood pressure, cause harm to your body, or live in a stressful situation. Negative conversations can damage healthy relationships.
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5. Embrace change
Change is good, although many find it difficult to make. Life offers many beautiful opportunities to see and experience the best of it. Change can bring about new friends, careers, focus, drive, passion, a healthier lifestyle, relationships, and more. When you refuse to do things that allow these experiences you will never know what opportunities are out there.
Don’t be afraid to take them and stop holding yourself emotionally hostage for fear of the unknown. Change can be liberating and will help you evolve into the best person you can be if you make the choice to embrace it.
In this crazy, busy world, it can be quite easy to lose sense of yourself. However, you must remember that the best investment you can make is in yourself. By paying attention to your body, focusing on the present and future instead of the past, finding your inner peace, opting out of negativity, and embracing change, you can invest in yourself for a strong, capable, happy you.
Marala Scott is a multi-award winning author, inspirational speaker, leadership advocate, humanitarian and Oprah Ambassador of Hope who has taken her prolific life story and written about it in the groundbreaking book In Our House: Perception v Reality (Premier Digital).
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