When we think about investing, we typically think about money. But what about investing in yourself? At first, it might be hard to picture exactly what this would look like. But investing in your health, happiness, and spiritual well-being will save you stress and illness in the long run. In fact, investing in yourself is the most important of all of your long-term plans. Here’s how to do it.MICHAEL CAMPANELLA/WireImage
Achieve something on your bucket list
How many times do people greet you with, “what’s new?” and you have absolutely nothing to offer them? “New? Me? Umm… let’s see… nothing much, just the usual.” Sometimes just that sentiment is enough to bring your mood down a couple of notches. I never do anything new… I don’t have time… I don’t have hobbies… But don’t beat yourself up about it. Instead, make a plan to achieve something you’ve been thinking about doing for a while. Bucket list items like a completing a hike you’ve been researching, or taking an art class will give you a boost of motivation that the world is more dynamic than work, sleep, repeat, and will make you feel accomplished. You’ll also have something to talk about around the water cooler.
Read a book that’ll teach you something
Kicking back and watching TV might help relax you, but otherwise, you’re not getting anything out of it. Ditch Netflix for an educational book and you’ll end up consuming much more than TV reruns. Whether it’s about your career, spirituality, family, or another aspect of your life, you’ll appreciate what you take away from it, and feel like your time was well-spent.
Eat like your body is a temple
Simply taking the time to select and eat foods that provide your body with nutrition will do wonders for yourself. Food is fuel, and there’s a noticeable improvement when your body is getting what it needs to perform throughout the day. Eating healthy is investing in yourself, both short-term and long-term.