Isn’t it time to begin investing in yourself? Think about it.
Being selfless is a beautiful trait, one that will help you make a difference in the lives of those you love, as well as those who need it most. Giving, whether something material or spiritual, is indeed the most rewarding gesture, one that never makes you feel incomplete or regretful when it’s greeted with appreciation and understanding. Even when you get nothing but gratitude in return, you feel fulfilled.
However, when every single one of your moments revolves around others, you risk putting your own health and wellbeing in jeopardy. Once you’re out of balance, unhealthy and unhappy, you cannot possibly give your best to those around you.
That is why everyone needs more than a ten-minute lunch break, more than just a brisk walk as you rush to work, and more than a dental checkup when you already recognize a problem. You need to invest time and effort into your wellbeing, and the following simple, but powerful methods will help you do just that.
Never stop learning
We may have entered a new era when official degrees are not the only way you can get a great job, but education doesn’t begin or end with your degrees. In fact, expanding your mind through mastering new skills and embracing new knowledge is one of the most priceless ways you can and should invest in yourself.
Consider taking online courses if that will save you some time. Then again, if you’d like to socialize more, taking up cooking, knitting, dancing, or martial arts is a great way to stay healthy and keep your mind sharp.
Slow down when you’re stressed
Sometimes it’s not what you do, but what you don’t do that can benefit your wellbeing. For instance, if you lead a
hectic life as most of us do, and if you find yourself avoiding taking breaks, vacation days, or slowing down at all, you may need just that – to not do that much for a while.
Take that decision to the next level by spotting when your day gets bizarrely hectic, and choose to hit the breaks. Go outside for a breath of fresh air, take a stroll, put on your favorite song, or meditate for a few minutes. Even a brief break can make a difference in protecting your health in the long run.
Schedule those weekly workouts
Even if you’re not that big on that aerobics class or the Zumba routine available at your local gym and you’re more of a loner when it comes to working out, investing both time and money in your physical activities will come with significant rewards.
To stay consistent, get an annual pass, or at least a monthly one that will get you out of the house more often. Then, write down your routine so that you can keep up with your progress and always treat your workouts like doctor’s appointments.
Honor your health
Most people barely keep their annual checkups with their family physician, let alone the dental checkups or the regular visits to your dermatologist, simply because of your sun exposure and the risk of numerous illnesses and complications.
In addition to building a habit to visit your doctors regularly, you should also consider getting critical illness insurance for any potential diagnosis your regular policy doesn’t cover. This is an investment that not only puts your mind at ease, but even in case something happens, you will be able to focus on healing instead of covering vast medical expenses.
Abandon your comfort zone
On one hand, you’ll do so many things to protect your long-term health, but on the other, you also need to make sure that you’re living your life to the fullest. In case you have a bucket list, this is a good time to revisit some of those ideas you’re excited about.
If you’ve always wanted to visit an exotic getaway the likes of Bali, or you’d like to try skydiving, all of these and many other adventures are worth the budget and the time invested in them when you know they’ll make you happy and help you realize your own strength and courage.
Learn to say no
Remember when we mentioned that what you don’t do matters more in certain situations? Let’s go back to that idea and all of the times when you accepted an invitation, an obligation, or a responsibility without actually wanting to do that.
By refusing something, whatever it may be, you will not just help yourself get more out of life by doing what you actually want, but you’ll also give someone else the opportunity to shine. Have you finished one too many homework assignments for your younger sister? You can use the time to do something that makes you happy and help someone build their character all in a single go.
Ask for help when you need it
Finally, realizing that you need help and investing in yourself means that you’ve grown enough to recognize that self-care isn’t necessarily a solitary process. You can book a few online counseling sessions or find a local therapist that can help you go through that rough patch.
You can ask your best friend to take you out for a cup of coffee and talk it over with them. Discover what helps you get back on the right track and continue taking care of yourself, even when it means asking others for help.
Life can be as smooth as that frothy cappuccino you get on your way to work, or as bumpy as running into a pothole at full speed. Taking care of yourself through all of your ups and downs is a mindset that takes time to build, so use these methods to empower yourself to tend to your needs and invest in your wellbeing at all times.