Part of living intentionally is investing in yourself. That means taking time out from the rest of your busy life to consciously direct your energy and resources towards building a firm foundation to enable you to realise your goals. Whether you want to be more centered in daily life or land a job that’s worthy of your talents, investing in your psychological, physical and emotional well-being will enable you to thrive.
But when we spend so much time and energy looking after others, it’s not always easy to know how to invest in ourselves. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Upskill is a term usually reserved for the professional context. The idea is that you take it upon yourself to learn new skills that could expand your horizons at work. But why limit yourself to learning new things for paid work? If you want to draw meaning from your job, or even from your hobbies, learning new skills is a great way to deepen your connection with what you do. Whether you enroll in powercall training for your call-centre job, or learn to use Photoshop so you can make your own wedding album, investing in skills you will help you spend your time meaningfully.
Release Your Creativity
Even if you wouldn’t classify yourself as the creative type, there is a deep well of creative potential inside all of us. All you need to do is access it. If you invest in your creative side, you will soon start to reap the rewards both professionally and personally. Heightened creativity enables you to see the word in original ways, finding solutions to problems you thought were insurmountable before. Put that way, creativity is kind of a superpower. Whether you paint or pick songs on a guitar, investing in your creativity will bring you closer to the life you want.
Nurture Your Body
The more goodness you put into your body, the more energy you’ll get out. While there are many different schools of thought on what constitutes health, few people disagree that you should aim to eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains, drink plenty of water, and exercise regularly. Whether you’re eating less sugar or training for a marathon, healthy lifestyle changes can be challenging, time-consuming, and even a little more expensive than you’re used to. The key is to see the extra time and resources as an investment in yourself.
Expand Your Mind
Learning doesn’t have to be limited to skills and other practical forms of knowledge. One of the best investments you can make in yourself if learning for learning’s sake. Read widely. Explore foreign cultures. Get lost in conversations. Watch documentaries. A top tip for expanding your mind is to stay on guard for your conditioned preferences. If you read only what you’re naturally drawn to, you could be missing out. Often it’s the areas of knowledge that lie outside of our comfort zones that help us learn the most about ourselves.
If you’re feeling a little stuck in life, it might be a good idea to take some time out from the chaos and invest in yourself. These tips will help you take those first steps.