5 INVESTMENTS YOU SHOULD BE MAKING IN YOURSELF RIGHT NOW
When was the last time you were selfish and thought about yourself? When was the last time you invested time or money in yourself?
> You ate your favourite dinner?
> Poured yourself your favourite drink?
> Watched your favourite tv show in peace?
> Went out for a long walk just by yourself?
> Sat down and read a book for 20 minutes?
Treated yourself to a spa day?
I bet it was some time ago. I bet any sort of investments in yourself are pretty few and far between.
I am guilty too. Forever in the cycle of work, work, work and never just stopping, and chilling out. Taking just 20minutes out and thinking about me and what makes me happy.
But we should invest in ourselves if we want to be the best version of ourselves. I hate the analogy and phrase which I seem to have read or heard so much recently ‘Put your own life jacket on first before helping others,’ but it is so true. How can you help and serve others if your own house isn’t in order?
So here are my recommendations for 5 investments which you can make in yourself right now in order to become a happier and healthier version of you! Choose just one or all five!
1) Revamp your workout routine
From personal experience I know that I feel so much better when I have a good workout. All those post workout endorphins flowing through my body usually can put me on a high for the rest of the day. But if you are stuck in the same routine, or going to the same mundane classes every week, then it might be time to switch it up and try something different.
Try a new class. Go for a run. Join a sports club. Get a Personal Trainer.
2) Go to bed 30 minutes earlier
How many of us complain that we are tired at least once a week? If not every day?! Go to bed 30 minutes earlier and get yourself 3 and a half extra hours of sleep per week! Just think how much more refreshed you will feel!
3) Plan the week out ahead and reflect on the one just gone.
I usually take Sunday mornings to do this. I wake up, make myself a coffee and sit down with my passion planner. Firstly I look on the week just gone and reflect on what I did well, and what I did not so well. Did I do everything which I wanted to, if not then why not? I then know what to focus on the following week and what areas I can improve on.
I then schedule in all my major appointments such as PT sessions or client meetings for that week and then I write down when I want to work out as I know how important that is for me. I tend to leave the rest of the time blank and then fill in each morning as I don’t know what is going to come up each day. I make a list of 3 personal things I want t achieve over the week, and then 3 business things which I want to tick off.
The above is all in an ideal world, but when I don’t do it I feel unsettled so know that I am a better person when I take the time to plan and reflect.
Every night before I get into bed I have a diary in which I write down 3 things which I am grateful for each day. It only takes a couple of minutes, but even on what I may have thought was a rubbish day I make myself find something positive which has happened.
4) Take at least 20 minutes out of the day for you. Read, go for a walk, watch your favourite tv show, sit in silence. Just take 20 minutes away from the noise and focus on yourself.
I got into the habit of scheduling 30minutes to read every afternoon but if I am honest that has slipped recently and is something I need to start up again. I love going for walks and plugging in a podcast and that is something which I need to do more of now that the sun is making more of an appearance.
One of my new years resolutions was to take more care of myself and schedule in regular nail appointments, facials and massages. I have been doing quite well at this but I am definitely due a massage!
5) Drink more water aka the elixir of life!
This one is self explanatory, more water is one of the best investments in your health which you can make! Read about the many benefits of water here.
I promise you that you will feel refreshed and ready to go again. Don’t neglect yourself, it is your life, so make sure you are living it to the full. You are in charge of every decision you make and every thought you have, so do what you want to do.
What investments do you like to make in yourself?
Love Abi xxxx