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Self investment: the importance of improving yourself

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Sometimes focussing on self investment is the best gift that you can give to yourself. But how do you go about it? And why is it so beneficial?

A hobby

You could invest in a hobby. Doing this could bring you endless joy and help to boost your mental wellbeing. I think the joy of doing this is that you will be getting gratification long after you’ve invested. For example, I look back at pieces I’ve crafted, like my son’s advent calendar with a smile. I invested my time into that and it will bring me joy every year. I also once invested in adult swimming lessons and even and now, every time I’m in the pool, swimming up and down, I thank myself for investing in my swimming stroke.  

A course

You could also invest in yourself by doing a course. There are so many out there. You don’t necessarily have to spend a lot of money. I used LinkedIn Learning to do a selection of professional courses when I was furloughed at the start on the Covid-19 pandemic and the skills I learnt lead to this lifestyle blog and helped me when I was coping with redundancy.  

When it comes to courses, self improvement can take many different forms. Courses don’t have to lead to new jobs, or improve your capacity to do your current one. You could do something just because you’d like to learn a new skill. Perhaps you’ve always wanted to learn out to use a sewing machine, or maybe you’d like to learn how to flower arrange. There’s a course out there for pretty much everything. I recently did a rag wreath course and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  

Self care

Self care is one of those buzz phrases which means different things to different people. To some it means a face pack, to others it means a scenic hike. Whatever it looks like for you, actively talking time to focus on improving your day is an investment worth its weight in gold. You have to make sure the cup is full, otherwise you’re good for nothing.

Reading 

Reading is another form of self investment, because it helps you to grow and learn. You could decide to challenge yourself to a different kind of book, or look for something that will grow your knowledge in a particular area. This takes time, but knowledge is power and who knows when that additional information will come into its own.  

There are, of course, other advantages to reading. It can help you to sleep and to switch off after a busy day and it can also help to increase your concentration levels. 

Learning a language 

Learning a language can open up a whole new world, literally. There are people that you could form bonds and relationships with who you you wouldn’t be able to converse with otherwise. You may learn a language and make a lifelong friend through it. But even if you don’t, being able to chat to local at a bar in Spain may still bring you ample joy.

Playing sport

Playing sport and improving your sporting technique can have all sorts of positive knock-on effects. You could see an improvement to your physical health, which will mean that the doctor is happy. But aside from that, you might find that the added strength makes it easier to complete tasks. Investing in your sporting technique could have a positive impact on everything. 

Learning an instrument 

You’re never too old to learn an instrument and doing so may bring you a new level of joy and a sense of achievement. 

With an instrument, you decide what you want to achieve. It could be that you’d like to become a better pianist, or maybe you’d love to play your favourite song on the guitar. You can make the rules and decide what you’d like to gain from the experience.

Why self improvement is so important?

As people, it’s important that we’re constantly growing and evolving. We need to do that in order to feel fulfilled and happy. You might think that you don’t have the time, or that other things are more important, but actually, can you afford not to focus on yourself? If you don’t focus on self improvement then what will the knock-on effect be? Because if you’re not fulfilled and happy, then how can you help others to reach their potential? 

The thing with self investment is, it often leads to more opportunities, as well as boosting your overall happiness

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