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5 Ways to Invest in Yourself…Because You’re Worth it

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For someone who has struggled to believe in herself as long as she can remember, the concept of investing in oneself has been revolutionary for me. Actually, I felt pretty guilty investing in myself at first – like I wasn’t worthy of it. If you’re reading this, I’m guessing you’ve also struggled with a sense of self-worth, too. I mean who hasn’t at some point in their life? What is it when it comes to investing in ourselves that makes us feel unworthy of such love? For some reason, I think most of us find it much easier to invest and believe in others than in ourselves. Well, I’m telling you from personal experience, how this one shift in my perspective has become a game-changer for me. It has not only helped me feel happier, but wealthier, more fulfilled, and empowered. Now, who couldn’t use a little more of that in their life?

Invest in Your Physical Health

If you’re not feeling strong, then, chances are you’re not putting your best self out there. We want to have the kind of energy where we feel competent to go about our daily lives with gusto instead of sluggishly trudging through it.

So, if that means hiring a personal trainer or investing in a healthy meal prep plan, know that you’re worth it. I highly recommend companies like Fresh and Fit Meals and Meal Prep Sunday San Diego. I know how challenging it can be to fit cooking healthy meals into your lifestyle especially if cooking isn’t your forte. This investment will pay you back in dividends. You’ll look and feel better. What more can I say?

Invest in Your Mental Health

People talk a lot about physical health but what about your mental health? This may be more important than your physical health. They say that chronic stress is linked to the leading 6 causes of death from heart disease to suicide. That’s some serious stuff. But let’s think about how much more productive, successful, and happier we all could be if we made mental health a priority.

I highly recommend meditation apps like Simple Habit or Headspace that make clearing your head a simple daily technique. No excuses guys, it literally takes 5 minutes of your time. So, just do it. If you’re interested in delving a little deeper, I recommend seeing a counselor at Love Therapy. Therapy can really help clear out the cobwebs or the scary skeletons in the closet you’ve been slyly avoiding. I’ve been guilty of that! But can you imagine what it would feel like to unload all the emotional luggage you’ve been carrying around this whole time? Let me just tell you, it feels AMAZING.

Invest in Your People Skills

You’d think we would learn people skills in our families but often we learn the opposite. Dysfunctional families are the norm so that’s why getting some outside advice from experts could be very beneficial. I hope this becomes the standard in our educational systems one day. Hey, a girl can dream!

Check out Non-Violent Communication Workshops with Tera Gardner or you can even buy the book on Amazon. Or feel free to check out Jeffrey Platts and the Circling Method which also helps with authentic connection.

Invest in Your Creativity

Sometimes, we learn things for purely practical reasons. For instance, to further our careers. But learning for fun or just because we want to is just as important in keeping us motivated. We’re not robots, after all. So whether it’s taking a cooking class with Chef Ashlie Morgan or a painting class at Expressive Arts, investing in your creativity can bring more joy. And well, that’s priceless.

Invest in Your Personal Growth

Let’s go a little deeper. We’re talking about character here. Everyone wants to be monetarily successful but we also want to become people of integrity, am I right? Nothing matters if you’re on your deathbed and you feel like a terrible person. We all love a person who lives to be kind and shows kindness to others. There is nothing more inspiring and worth living than that.

There are so many ways of doing this through meditation, yoga, listening to personal development books, podcasts, seminars, workshops, etc. Whatever this may look like for you, don’t forget this one at the cost of a busy life. This is what we will remember you by. My current favorite resource for this is MindValley. Be prepared to have your mind blown. Just saying.

Lisa Ormsby

Lisa Ormsby is a San Diego-based conscious living, meditation, and wellness writer. She was born in Rochester, NY and grew up in a Korean family. She attended Long Island University where she studied English and Writing and studied abroad throughout Europe and Asia in her later years there. In 2006, she moved to San Diego to follow the California Dream and met the love of her life (They've been married for 10 years now!). She is a member of San Diego Writers Ink, San Diego Memoir Writers Association, and Thought Leaders Who Write. When she’s not writing, you can often find her in yoga class, dancing on the beach or traveling the world with her husband.

1 Comment

  1. Erynn

    September 6, 2018 at 9:50 am

    Fantastic article Lisa! I love how all these ways to invest in one’s wellbeing can work together with synergy. Personally, I find physical exercise is a catalyst for other healthy habits in my life, it helps me to think clearly, and nudges me to be more conscious of my nutrition planning. I’ve done some work with a personal trainer in SD, Kyle Valery so I need to give him a shoutout for getting me started on a healthy plan!

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