Invest In You
Welcome to FebYOUary! I am dedicating the month of FebYOUary on W.O.W Wednesday to helping you reconnect with one of the most important relationships in your life. The relationship with yourself.
If you are in your 20's or 30's, investing in yourself is the last thing on your mind. You might even be wondering what does that mean? Your life is like a roller coaster. Somedays you're up. Somedays your down. Somedays you are up and down. You are busy, overwhelmed, and stressed out. It feels like nothing is consistent.
What if I told you that in the trials of your 20’s and 30’s you can find stability by investing in yourself. You might already be “treating” yourself with a night out, an occasional mani-pedi, or an apple chai but I am talking about deeper ways to own your wellbeing.
To create sustainable results in your life, career, relationships, health, and wellness, etc., you've got to be willing to invest in yourself. I know it can be hard to figure out where to start so here are three ways you can begin to invest in yourself.
TAKE CARE OF YOUR PHYSICAL HEALTH
You’ve got a lot going on. You might be working a full-time job, going to school, working your side hustle, not to mention trying to be social and hang with your friends every now and then. Taking care of your physical self is the last thing you think about. I am here to tell you that when you make time to invest in taking care of your physical health it makes handling the busyness of your life much easier.
Taking care of your physical health is important to cultivate in your 20’s. The habits you form today will set you up for success throughout your life.
Exercise: Find a workout that you love. It doesn’t matter if you like yoga, rock climbing, or hiking. Be willing to invest (both with your money and your time) in finding an exercise that you really enjoy.
Whole Foods: Fuel your body with whole foods rather than fast or processed food. This can be difficult on a tight budget but it can be done. You may not be able to shop at Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods but there are other grocery stores who offer good whole foods for less.
Sleep: You finally have some downtime and your mind switches to overdrive and you can't fall asleep. When your body hasn't had an adequate amount of sleep your life becomes much more difficult. The feelings of overwhelm, stress, and anxiety are front and center and suddenly it feels like the weight of the world is on your shoulders.
Here's a quick tip!
Find some paper and a pen and set a timer for 20 or 30 minutes. Write down every thought you have going on in your head. It doesn’t have to make sense and don’t try to make sense of it. Just write it all down. When the timer goes off. You’re done. Put it away. Don’t read through it. Don’t do anything. Just put it away and go to sleep. In the morning if you want to revisit it great. If not, don’t. Do what is going to best serve you.
MAKE TIME FOR FUN
One thing I've noticed with my clients is when I ask them what they do for fun I usually get the response what fun? When was the last time you had fun? Regretfully, today's culture tells us that your self-worth is tied to how busy and productive you are. The very thought of doing something that isn't on your to-do list creates stress. Having fun is an important component of investing in yourself because it allows you to deal with difficulties, releases stress, and reduces your anxiety. Make some time to have fun! You won’t regret it.
WORK WITH A COACH
I’m not saying this because I want you to hire me. I’m saying it because I truly believe in the magic of coaching. I have a coach. If you are unsure of your next step in life or your career, a coach is a great investment. Working with a coach allows you the opportunity to talk things out, relieve some stress and anxiety, and helps you create a plan for creating a life that means something to you on your terms. With so many changes in your 20’s and 30’s, hiring a coach is a fantastic way to invest in yourself.
What does investing in yourself mean to you?
What do you do now to invest in your physical health? What would you like to do in the future to invest in your physical health?
What do you do now to have fun? What steps can you begin to take to cultivate more fun in your life?
How interested would you be to work with a coach?
If you have any questions about what it's like to work with a coach I would love the opportunity to answer them for you. Did you know that I offer all potential clients a free 30-minute session? I'd love to connect.
There are so many other ways you can invest in yourself in your 20’s and 30’s. How do you want to invest in yourself? Comment below!
Make today amazing!
Here are some free resources. These are not paid endorsements. I'm just sharing what I have found useful.
Exercise: I am a huge fan of Yoga with Adriene. She provides a lot of free yoga workout to get you going. https://yogawithadriene.com
Sleep: For sleep and relaxation try Calm. They have a paid version but you can access some of their content for free. https://www.calm.com
Make Time for Fun: Here are 53 ways to have fun from Lifehack.org.