“Invest in yourself” – sounds like the cheesy tagline for some kind of crazy coaching course, right? But what does it really mean to ‘invest’ in yourself? It’s not a new suit, shoes, fancy coffees or hair-cuts… well, not all the time.
Investing in yourself is truly vital if you want to improve in any area of your life. Whether that’s your wellbeing, physical health or monetary worth. At the end of the day, only you are responsible for your own life and pushing yourself to live your best life.
You are the product. No matter what you do, who you are and how you feel impacts everything around you. Do you look after your car? Do you make sure your home is safe and comfortable? Do you nurture your bank balance? All of those same premises apply to you.
Invest in your body
It’s a no-brainer, yet working out and eating healthy are the first things to go out of the door when we’re busy or stressed. When you take a good look at that, it’s totally counter-productive. If you’re stressed out, do you know what would help? Yes, exercising. Exercise is scientifically proven to be good for your mental health– but you already knew that.
But, did you know that exercise can also help to build your mental resilience? Otherwise known as ‘bounce-back-ability’, resilience refers to the practice of pushing through hard times and physical barriers. When the reps are getting really really hard, just push for one more. By repeatedly pushing yourself that little bit further, you’ll find that you apply resilience in all aspects of your life.
- Invest in a gym membership: be accountable. By investing that money (note, not spending or wasting it) into a great gym membership, you’ll be more inclined to make it work for you.
- Invest in good food: If you’re eating unhealthily all day, you’ll probably feeling like it too. Fuel your body with good, organic, healthy foods. You literally are what you eat – so don’t be cheap, fast or easy.
Invest in your mind
Meditation, yoga, breathing practises. It’s not a load of mumbo-jumbo. Meditation has many positive benefits, including reduced stress levels, better mental health, self-awareness, better attention span, improved memory, better sleep and lower blood pressure. It’s basically a short cut to winning when you’re not winning.
Mindfulness is also a great way to get back in touch with yourself. Much of mindfulness is based on meditation practices – good breathing, self-awareness and stress management. It’s also been suggested that regular mindfulness and meditation practice can help your immune system – and who doesn’t want to avoid the sniffles?
- Invest in meditation classes: Even if it’s yoga with meditation or a short course on mindfulness. A few quid spent on some time to yourself, a yoga mat and some nice candles isn’t exactly money wasted – especially if you’re set for better sleep and increased productivity.
Invest in your career
Whilst experience is an excellent teacher, it isn’t the fastest route to success. In this instance, it might not even be about the money. If you’re constantly grinding in a job that you hate, no amount of experience or money is going to make you feel better about it. Life’s too short to stick at something you ‘tolerate’… so what do you love?
Retraining is actually a process of self-improvement and shouldn’t be seen as giving up on what you’re currently doing. Better qualifications give you more confidence and can help you fulfil a need within an industry. By filling that need, you’ll be appreciated and sought-after – which will obviously make you feel happier, needed and (probably) better paid.
- Invest in training: We offer a wide range of courses that could give you the boost you need to kick off a new career, ask for a promotion or even go out on your own. We appreciate the toll that a difficult job can take on you – we’ve helped thousands of people to get out of that situation. To talk to our team about our courses, our alumni and our success stories, please get in touch with our career consultants.
Remember that you are your most valuable commodity. Whilst the saying goes, ‘there are some things that money can’t buy’. Well, there are many things that a little investment can greatly improve. Your health, wellbeing and career are all worth a little time and money – so you can live your best life.