This post forms part of the A-Z of Self-Care for Busy Parents series. If you missed the introductory post you can read it here.


We all invest so much of our time and energy in other people, whether it’s family, friends or work, we often neglect the one person we really should be investing more in, and that’s ourselves. How can we be the best versions of ourselves, and give other’s our best, without investing in ourselves on a regular basis? At it’s core, this is what self-care is all about.

“Believing and investing in yourself is the best way to shift your thinking from a paradigm of excuses to one of solutions.” – Farshad Asl

One of the best investments you can make, and the one that will always bring you a return, is investing in yourself ...

Here are some excellent ways that you can start to invest in yourself right away:

Dream Big

Take some time to dream big and think about where you want to be in five years time. If you could do anything at all, what would it be? Maybe you dream of a career change, maybe you want to be fitter/healthier, maybe you want to move home or go on the holiday of a lifetime. Whatever it is, give yourself permission to dream. Read Dream Big for more ideas.

Make Plans

Now you’ve dreamed big, start making plans. Put a time limit on when you are going to achieve your dream, whether it’s six months or five years, and plan what you need to do to make your dream a reality. Break it down into as many small parts as possible and plan your time so that you can invest as much as possible into achieving it.

Learn something new

It’s a proven fact that learning helps keep our brains young. Whether it’s something you need to learn to help you move towards your big dream or just something you’ve always fancies trying your hand at, give it a go. I taught myself how to crochet from YouTube tutorials and I always love learning a new pattern. Read Learn Something New for more ideas.

Foster your creativity

There are so many benefits of being more creative it’s always time well spent, no matter what the outcome. Read Get Creative for some great ideas on some creative activities you could try.

Read

Setting aside some time to read will always pay big dividends. If you’re reading to learn you will knowledge, if you’re reading for pleasure you gain some relaxation and a few moments of escape into another world.

Look after your health

As much as it pains me to admit it, one of the best ways to invest in yourself and your future is to keep yourself fit and healthy through good food and exercise. It doesn’t have to be anything complicated though, read Exercise Without Exercising for some great tips on fitting it in around the kids.

Take time out

We all need some down time to restore both mind and body or we risk burning out, then we’re no good to anyone. Read Make Time for the Things That Make You Happy and 10 Ways to Unwind for some tips.

Do you invest in yourself enough? Let me know in the comments below.

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13 thoughts on “Invest In Yourself

  1. I definitely don’t look after myself enough, I’m trying but it’s hard to let go of the mental load at times isn’t it

    Posted on 16 April, 2018 at 8:31 am
  2. Sometimes as a parent it’s easy to forget to look after yourself. Great post.

    Posted on 16 April, 2018 at 1:17 pm
  3. Good advice and I think it is important to take time out, I certainly do and it makes me much more happier environment to be in X #familyfunlinky

    Posted on 16 April, 2018 at 3:26 pm
  4. I love this Alana – I love reading and just this morning I walked LP to school (1.5 miles) and felt brilliant after getting some exercise. Being healthier and making time for myself makes me feel so much better. xx
    #familyfun
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    Posted on 16 April, 2018 at 7:45 pm
  5. What an excellent post Alana – you raise so many really important points but I hadn’t considered the idea of giving myself permission to ‘dream big’. I like this and will definitely have some time dreaming big soon xx #familyfunlinky

    Posted on 16 April, 2018 at 7:59 pm
  6. I definitely don’t invest in myself enough – I always feel like I don’t have enough time, but it’s so important. I’d really like to make time to learn something new – I get such a sense of accomplishment when I figure out how to do something I never tried before. Or maybe I could do an online course – I quite fancy the idea of being a student again! #familyfunlinky
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    Posted on 16 April, 2018 at 9:17 pm
  7. Very good tips. I read more than I have in ages and feel so much better for it. Also how can we expect to look after our loved ones if we are not recharging our own batteries regularly? Great post! #FamilyFun
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    Posted on 16 April, 2018 at 9:43 pm
  8. This is a very good catch all post with lots of great bits of advice. Was reading through nodding and I try to do it all which is often my down fall. I need to sleep more. I’ll achieve more in the day if I get better sleep! Mah ha ha! ‪#familyfun
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    Posted on 16 April, 2018 at 9:57 pm
  9. Taking time out is so important! I try to do this when I can! #familyfun
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    Posted on 16 April, 2018 at 10:11 pm
  10. I definitely don’t invest in myself enough – there just doesn’t seem to be time! #familyfunlinky
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    Posted on 17 April, 2018 at 5:09 pm
  11. I try to invest time in myself, but it is not always easy. I am trying to make more time to read and I go to the gym, both of these make me feel good.
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    Posted on 17 April, 2018 at 5:15 pm
  12. this is something that I have really been making more of an effort to do lately. Its amazing how much its improved my mood just doing a little something for myself now and again #familyfun
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    Posted on 17 April, 2018 at 7:16 pm
  13. Some great tips here that I think we all need to listen to more. talking time out to read a good book can be so relaxing and its definitely something I dont do enough #dreamteam

    Posted on 18 April, 2018 at 7:42 am