I’m beginning to realize at 37 years old, we need to “refuel” so that we can be at our best for our spouse, our children, our jobs or businesses…more importantly ourselves. Like many of you, I find putting myself first a little uncomfortable and selfish. Well, it’s time to shake that stigma. It’s time to learn how to invest in yourself.
Making Time vs. Finding Time
Stop telling yourself you’ll “find the time” to watch that movie, read that book or have dinner out with friends. We constantly do that. We see if we can fit ourselves into our own schedule. Stop that! Pull out your calendar, grab a pen and make it happen.
I know plans don’t always go perfectly, so be flexible while still acknowledging that you are a priority. Your happiness and well-being matters, especially when you have so many responsibilities. In order to be at your best for your family, you need to take care of yourself.
How to Invest in Yourself
Usually when you hear the word “invest”, you think stocks or finances. In this case, I’m talking about time. It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you see everyone’s highlight reel on Facebook. It’s easy to feel inadequate when you browse the perfectly organized homes on Pinterest. Take a step back and breathe.
Wake up 30 minutes earlier, use your lunch break or set a date where you can step away from your responsibilities and refuel you. For some it may be enjoying a cup of coffee in the morning before the rest of the house wakes up, while others may need an afternoon to do something they love. Either way, it’s important to invest time in ourselves.
I asked my mom recently what she used to do to maintain balance as a single parent. She said, “My music!” My mother was a professional singer well before she became a parent. Her passion was and still is healthcare, but singing always brought her peace. Her response reminded me that our journey to balance doesn’t always require money. Sometimes it just doing something we love, something that can clear our minds of all the stresses.
I love this article, Because You are Enough, from Living Well Mom! It perfectly sums up the our misguided perceptions of not only others, but ourselves as well. It’s easy to understand how we become our own worst enemy. Every time we judge ourselves for a missed item on our “to do” list or degrade ourselves in front of the mirror we drain that metaphorical tank.
Your best cannot be found focusing on what you haven’t yet accomplished. You find your best when you are FUELED. Make the time to invest in yourself.This post may contain affiliate links, please review my disclosure policy .