So many people find themselves in a rut in life, working to pay the bills in a job that does not make them happy and using their hard work to enrich others. You invest your time in merely living day to day without really considering what you could become if you actually invested in yourself.
When you actively invest in yourself you soon come to realize that you may be selling yourself short and that you could be doing so much more. So then today might be the day for you to stop and think about what you can create if you take steps to invest in your own betterment.
1. Take Care of Your Health
According to the Mayo Clinic not only does exercise help alleviate conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes but it can also be beneficial for your mental health. It is important to have a good grasp on your mental health if you really want to start investing in yourself.
Things like depression and anxiety can be major roadblocks in taking steps to self improvement so these psychological issues need to be addressed.
So starting a regular exercise and workout regime can be hugely beneficial, not only will it improve your overall physical health but mental health as well. When you feel physically healthier you tend to feel more confident. In fact, the mere act of exercise releases feel good hormones in the body. So start to eat a little healthier and get a little more activity, it can be a game changer for your future plans.
2. Start to Set Goals
If you are going to invest in yourself then one of the first things you need will be goals. You need something to strive for, a reason to work hard on your life so you must take the time to really assess what you want to achieve. Start by looking for your ultimate goal and then plan out the steps you need to take to get there. Along that route there will be goals so set yourself achievable milestones and get to work.
3. Improve Your Mind
Knowledge is power and this is something that is very important when you plan to invest in yourself. You can never stop learning, there is no such thing as too much knowledge. It is vital to try and learn new things constantly, especially those things that help you towards the kind of life you want to create.
Read books or articles related to your goals. You need to understand your goals if you want to follow them. Attend classes or seminars to expand your education and do not let your mind stagnate.
4. Build Your Confidence
Psychotherapist Barbara Markway Ph.D., believes that self confidence is attached to almost every element of a happy and fulfilling life. When you work on your self confidence you are actively fighting against fear and anxiety, two things that can really derail your personal success. When you build your confidence you start to feel more capable and as a result you do in fact become more capable.
Seek tips online on how to improve your confidence or attend classes that help you boost your self belief.
5. Choose Happiness
It may sound like something you have no choice over but you really can choose to be happy. This is not to discount the effects of depression which is a real thing for many people but there are ways to combat that psychological problem.
You must choose to do what it takes to fight your depression and also adopt an attitude of focusing on the positives over the negatives. Find something that you are proud of or that makes you happy. Invest in your own sense of well being.
If you were asked to list the people in your life that you love the most, would you list yourself? Most people would list themselves last or not at all. If you can’t love yourself, you can’t fully love anyone else. Self-love and self-respect can help in areas of personal growth, better relationships, and reaching your goals and dreams.
The key to everything starts with you. Here you’ll find some ways to help love and respect yourself for a more fulfilled and happy life.
This doesn’t mean be a jerk, but it means that you need to put your needs first. The one step in loving yourself is ensuring that your needs are met, because without this then you are filling everyone else’s cup and not your own. You can’t fill from an empty cup. Know when to say no because you are busy, know when to stay home because you need some self-care time, be compassionate towards yourself.
Be unapologetically you
Respecting yourself and loving yourself means also being yourself. You can’t love yourself if you are going against your inner self and trying to fit in to a mold. Find what you love to do, it can be anything from painting to gardening, running to yoga, or anything in between. When you are passionate about something you are truly being yourself.
It doesn’t matter what anyone else says, because nothing they say should sway you from being who you are. Find what you love and do it without a second thought about what anyone else thinks. Be unapologetically you at all times.
Be honest with yourself
This is a tough one because being honest with yourself also means looking at what you are doing wrong in your life and taking responsibility for where you are. If you can look at yourself and realize that you got to where you are because of your actions you can change to make yourself happier.
It can also lead back to the previous tip of being unapologetically you, because if you know what you will and won’t do, who you are and aren’t, you can learn to love yourself and set boundaries for yourself so that when you do commit to something, it’s something that you will truly love doing.
Normal is subjective
What is normal? Normal is based on societies perception of it. You don’t have to follow the grain to be you, or your families wishes, or your jobs wishes (unless you love your job and have to conform to a dress code, this might be something different), however, in everyday life, you should not have to conform to being ”normal”. Loving and respecting yourself is about being true to yourself, and by conforming to what others consider normal is not leading you to a self-loving life. It’s like caging an animal that needs to be free.
Define your normal, and don’t let anyone challenge that definition, because your normal is whatever you make it, and when you are yourself and love yourself, others with the same ideas will flock to you (or you to them).
Respect and love yourself exactly how you are right now
The last and final part of this, is to love and respect yourself as you currently are. We all want to lose weight and don’t like our skin, or our hair, our voice, we always want to change something.
No matter what you feel you need to change in order to truly respect and love yourself you have to take all of your perceived flaws and realize I’m perfect the way I am and while I could change things, I love who I am right now. Yes, it’s a million times easier said than done, but this is the key to self-love and self-respect.
Respect yourself and love yourself in your current state, accept nothing less from others, and realize that you are perfect just how you are. Make changes if you want, but the key is to truly love you, right here and right now.
You upgrade your wardrobe, computer, phone, and maybe even your furniture or household appliances. Are you ready to invest in yourself and upgrade your life experiences? Upgrading your life experiences is a way to get much more out of life.
Upgrading your life experiences is not about getting more things. Getting new things can be fun and might make you feel good for a little while, but new things don’t truly enhance your life. Who you chose to be, the people you spend time with, and what you do with your time will upgrade your life experiences in positive, productive ways.
Choose a Better You
According to a study published in the Journal of Adult Development, life experiences play a significant role in human development. Investing in yourself starts with focusing on who you are and who you want to be. Making positive choices in these areas will help upgrade your life experiences:
Your mood and attitude are how you think and how you present yourself. Do you want better life experiences? Start your day with positive intention and stay calm when you are presented with challenges. That way, even difficulties become learning experiences instead of disasters.
Pay attention to your health. The time you might spend being sick, managing a chronic disease, or unable to participate in things because you’re not well or strong enough only degrade your life experiences. Exercise, good nutrition, and getting plenty of rest pay off in the long run because you will be able to participate fully in the experiences around you.
Choose Your Friends
The people you spend time with can affect your mood and attitude. Life experiences are enhanced when you share them with trusted friends and family. The Italian National Statistical Institute’s multipurpose survey concluded that friendships are vital in quality of life and life experiences. Relationships take work. You need to find people you trust, get to know them and maintain your relationships. Consider these factors when choosing your friends:
Toxic people who drain your energy and stifle your personality do not make good friends. While it might be tempting to develop a friendship with someone popular but toxic, this type of relationship does not upgrade your life experiences. Instead, chose open, honest, friendly people and spend time getting to know them. If you know a toxic person at work or socially, limit your interactions with them as much as possible and keep your conversations brief and to the point. With a toxic coworker, focus on work tasks, not befriending them.
If all your friends look, act, and like the same things as you do, your life experiences will be boring. Upgrade your life experiences by seeking out different types of people. A diverse group of friends adds to your life experiences with opportunities to explore different cultures, likes, and thoughts.
Your investment in your friends helps keep your relationships strong and upgrades your life experiences. Friendship takes time and effort, so build and nurture your relationships as an investment in yourself as well.
Having the same life experiences over and over is not an upgrade. Get off the couch, turn off the computer, and look for ways to chose more opportunities to upgrade your life experiences. A Journal of Happiness Studies report showed that what you choose to do with your free time directly impacts your quality of life. Try these options to upgrade your life experiences:
You don’t need to be an expert to use your creativity or learn something new. Try baking something new or painting a picture. Remember, failure is only a learning experience. A study published in Frontiers in Psychology showed that spending time in nature enhances experiences, mental health, and overall well-being. Volunteering to help others can also be a positive experience that enhances and upgrades your life.
You can invest in yourself by upgrading your life experiences. Who you are, who you spend time with, and how you chose to spend your time all play a role in your experiences.