As I get closer to my thirties, I realise more and more that now is the time to invest in myself. It can be difficult at times but there are things that we can do in order to grow and be ready for our next chapters in life. Whether it’s taking on a new skill, going back to school or just saying goodbye to people that aren’t really there for you anymore. Take the time to invest in yourself in your 20s and feel comfortable in your own skin.
Don’t Stop Learning
I think this is one of the biggest things I’ve done recently. Never stop learning. I found the easiest way to go about doing this is with podcasts right now. There are so many out there on different subjects and in different lengths, you’ll without a doubt find something that interests you. I like listening to bitesize ones on my way to work and at the moment to get my head into gear on my way in. There are loads of courses are available online that are fairly low-cost too if this is more your things. I’m currently participating in one of Holly’s courses from WeBlogNorth and it has complemented my goals so well. Stop saying you want to learn something new and not doing anything about it. Get out there and do it to invest in yourself.
Let Things Go
Life’s too short to hold onto grudges. If something hasn’t worked out the way you thought it was going to, in the words of Elsa; let it go. If that friend you try so hard with doesn’t reciprocate; it’s not you, it’s them. If you’re running late because of an accident on your way somewhere; you can’t alter time. Letting things go can sometimes be difficult to do but it will help lessen anxiety and stress levels and is the perfect way to reinvest in yourself.
Look After Yourself
Mentally and physically. Learn that it’s ok to take a day to yourself where you just concentrate on being. Look at what you eat and make the decision to look after your insides a bit more. There’s nothing wrong with having a bad weekend or even a week but just look after your health. Workout because you want to, not because you have to. You only get one body so try not to continuously abuse it.
Set Achievable Goals
There’s nothing worse for your self-esteem and motivation than not reaching unattainable goals! Set yourself manageable things, challenging yes, but doable. Let yourself win some smaller challengers for that boost that we very often need. If you want to complete a fitness challenge, for example, break it down into week-by-week or month-by-month goals that get you on the right path to success.
Let your body rest! I think this is another major way that I have changed and started to invest in myself in the last few months. I hadn’t realised how tired my body was from early morning workouts, intense days at work and late nights. I try to get around 7 hours of sleep per night and have moved when I train in the gym as much as I can. Make sure that you listen to your body; when you feel drained, let it rest because you can end up worse in the long run.
Keep Tabs on Your Money
This year is the first year I’ve seriously looked at my money situation. I’m regularly paying off more than my minimum payments on my credit card, I’m saving for a rainy day and I’ve started putting money into my Help to Buy ISA. This is more of a literal way to invest in yourself in your 20s, but so worth it. You never know when you’re going to run into an emergency and need something.
So these are six ways that I have personally tried to invest in myself but there are so many more. Have you ever done something similar?