- Create A Mantra
Like Pumba in The Lion King, you can help yourself get through those tough times in life (which will inevitably arise) by creating your own personal, positive mantra. It needs to be something that specifically speaks to you. Once you come up with it, try blocking them with the mantra any time you start having negative thoughts. You can also write the mantra on sticky notes and place them around the house for you to see and remember later.
- Get Up Early
People who get up early in the morning are generally more productive than those who sleep late. Not only that but pushing the snooze button has been shown in several studies to make you more tired rather than help you feel more rested.
And this applies on the weekends too. It would be best if you were getting up at the same time each day of the week to keep your body consistent. And soon enough, getting up early will not be difficult at all.
- Have A Morning Routine
I am wondering what you are going to do these mornings when you are up early? Well, investing in yourself means it is time to have an established morning routine. It can be something simple like brushing your teeth, exercising, and then taking a shower. But if you want to take yourself to a new level of success, this morning routine should also include some time for journaling, meditation, goal setting, and planning your day.
Even if you do not have time to do it in your morning routine, keeping a journal is vital for growing with yourself. You use your journal to reflect on things that have happened and write and track goals.
At any given time, you should have two lists of goals in your life, those for the short term and those for the long term, and a journal is an excellent way to keep these all-in-one safe place. Either way, try your best to journal at least once a day, but for best results, you should journal both in the morning and in the evening to check back in with how your day went while it is still fresh on your mind.
- Plan Your Days
It is another reason to keep a journal. You will stay more focused and on task if you write a to-do list for yourself every morning for the day. It goes beyond simple household chores and errands. If you want to take control of your life and invest in yourself, you should also plan your phone or social media time. This way, you will not constantly be checking your phone or wasting valuable time when it could be better applied somewhere else in your life.
The benefits of meditation are so vast that there is truly no reason you should not be attempting to meditate weekly. Meditation has been shown in numerous studies to reduce stress, control anxiety, and help reduce early memory loss. It also helps the practicing individual become more self-aware and focus for a more extended time.
To get the best benefits of meditation, you must find 10 minutes each day to meditate. If you have trouble clearing your mind, you can attend a yoga class, and often the instructors there will teach you breathing techniques that can transfer to meditation. For best results, meditate both in the morning and in the evening.
- Keep Yourself Organized
Staying organized is a favor your current self does for your future self. If you are not already organized, head to your nearest home store and pick up a few tools to help you get situated.
Try to organize everything so that you can find it quickly and efficiently when the time comes. Labels are a great feature, especially when dealing with several different bins of supplies!
- Have Goals
Investing in yourself means having goals. And as previously mentioned, you need to write these goals down daily, or at least every week, to keep them fresh in your mind and keep yourself on track. If you do not think you have any goals, it is long past time to make some!
So even if you are not sure where you want to be in a few years, start by making a goal for the month, no matter if it is to save money or perhaps try a new restaurant in town. The whole point is to set your sights on something and then follow through and achieve it.
- Track Your Results
Whatever your goal may be, you need to keep track of your results to keep yourself on track. If your goal is weight loss, weigh, measure, take pictures of yourself regularly, and write about your feelings and progress.
Keeping all of this information brief in something like a journal is recommended, but social media can also be a helpful tool as long as you have a following of people who support you on your way to your goal.
- Let Go Of Things That Anger You
Believe it or not, holding on to and suppressing anger can cause physical damage to your body. It can lead to increased blood pressure, liver damage, and muscle aches, as well as a myriad of other physical symptoms.
It is why you need to make a conscious effort to let go of the things that anger you. You can do this during your meditation, your journaling, or by arranging to see a therapist. Regardless of how you decide to learn to let go, the first step is deciding that you will, and the rest should follow more easily.
Use these suggestions from yesterday and today to begin investing in yourself. Until next time, stay safe, and keep the faith.