Invest verb - to put money, effort, time, etc. into something to make a profit or get an advantage; advantage noun - a condition giving a greater chance of success (Cambridge English Dictionary).
‘Investment’ is something that continues to be a thrown at us in the media whether it be the behaviour of the banks and the practices they have employed to extract as much as they possibly can from our ‘investments’, government’s talk of ‘investing in the future’, and debate about our ‘super’ as an ‘investment’ for retirement, should we achieve it. We have been encouraged to ‘invest’ wisely, with the many ‘advantages’ of doing so delivered passionately.
This is all well and good and indeed an important element in our lives. But I wonder if we might be neglecting the one thing we really should be investing in, the one thing that gives us the best chance of having a long and happy life, of being successful in life – our own wellbeing. After all such an investment undoubtedly gives us the greatest chance of being healthy, active and happy. Such investment restores balance to our lives, reducing the stress and anxiety that the big bad world has a habit of sleep walking us into.
To invest wisely in ourselves, the first step is a recognition that we actually do need to invest in ourselves. So why not take a moment to list all the things that are happening in your life and which ones can be deleted or put on hold to allow you the time to invest in ‘self’. Then explore the opportunities that exist that will help you achieve the successful outcomes in your health and wellbeing you would like to see. For example starting with just a single hour of yoga, meditation, massage or floatation each week will transform the way you feel. And from there the next step to your wellbeing wont seem such a big one!
As the ads often say ‘Why Wait, Invest Today!’