4 Ways to Invest in Yourself
As an entrepreneur you spend so much time thinking of ways to invest in your business to help it grow and thrive, but do you put the same amount of energy into investing in yourself?
You’re the most important part of your business. Without you, it doesn’t even exist. I’m all about the hustle, but I put a lot of effort into ensuring I’m all about the self-care too.
There a million (fact) ways to make sure you’re taking care of yourself and paying close attention to your needs, but I’ve listed a few suggestions in case you’re feeling stuck.
This is probably one of the most common suggestions. Exercise has so many different benefits from keeping your heart healthy, to giving you energy, to keeping you mobile when you’re in your golden years.
Some folks live for the workout, while others are like “Exercise? Ya, I don’t do that”. I think the idea of exercise is more daunting than actually doing it. I make an effort to workout first thing in the morning at least four days a week, but there are days when I just don’t wanna. It can take all my strength to push back those thoughts, get dressed, and head to the gym. But once I’m there and I’m moving that booty, I instantly feel so friggin good.
Working out on the elliptical or pumping iron for an hour isn’t for everybody, so you have to find what works for you. Go for a brisk walk once or twice a day, watch a YouTube video and do 20 minutes of yoga in your bedroom, or join an ultimate Frisbee team to get your motor running.
Read Things that Make You Happy
Yes, reading can be time consuming – especially if you’re a slow reader like me. But it’s not a marathon. Even if it takes you a couple of months to finish a book, pick one up anyways and just start.
Do you follow Brock O’Hurn on Instagram? If you don’t…you should. I always watch this hunk of a man’s Instagram stories, and a few days ago and showed us at least 10 inspirational books he just purchased. Seeing that (his books, not his abs) got me excited to make a wish list of inspirational books I want to buy and read over these next couple of months.
But, I understand this genre isn’t for everyone, and that’s cool. Pick up something you know you know you’ll enjoy like sci-fi, autobiographies, or even a simple magazine.
Take a Class or Learn a New Skill
Improving on or learning entirely new skills is a great way to better yourself. Think of a few different aspects of your life that you want to improve and find a class, online course, or just a YouTube video that will help you in those areas. Cooking class? An online course about managing your finances? A video about how to practice gratitude every morning? The possibilities are endless.
Take Yourself on Dates
It’s great to have alone time, but who says that time needs to be spent at home? When I was a pre-teen I used to be shy to sit at McDonalds by myself. I didn’t want to look like a loser with no friends. Now I have no problem going to a fancy restaurant, table for one.
If going to a sit-down restaurant by yourself is too far out of your comfort zone, try seeing a movie alone. I haven’t gone to a movie by myself since I moved back to Winnipeg last fall, but when I lived near Edmonton I used to go all the time. If I can see Fifty Shades of Grey by myself while sitting amongst a sea of couples, you can take yourself to a movie too.
Investing in and taking care of yourself is important, and there are so many different ways you can do it. What are some of your favourite self-care habits, routines, or processes?