The best investment a person can make throughout the course of their lifetime is in themselves. As everyone is well into the season of gift giving it is common to forget to practice self-care. Although this includes not stressing over making the perfect turkey or finding the right gift to help a loved one forget the pandemic ridden year; I want everyone to also consider all aspects of personal care.
Adding to your savings may seem highly unlikely this time of year, but even the smallest amount makes a difference. Give yourself a percentage back for every holiday gift you buy and put it into a treat jar or better yet into your savings account where it can incur some interest. If your company finds room in the budget to gift a bonus this year, consider using it to pay down debt and/or put it away. Prepare for a rainy day, you are worth it!
Invest in some courses to learn or improve on a skill. This can be work or hobby related. Both can only work to enhance your current situation, increase your brain health, and escalate your confidence. Even if you are not in the best of financial situations at the moment, the internet is full of free information at your fingertips. Check out your local library for books and videos on topics of interests, or reach out to close family friends for advice. Suggest a monthly virtual teach-in amongst the people you know where each of you can share an area of expertise.
All of our instagram feeds are filled with fitness experts ready and willing to help us achieve our summer bodies over the course of the winter. Most are on the pricey side but well worth it if they can provide the accountability, motivation, and killer moves to help us achieve our goals. For me the idea of shelling out $50 to $100 a month for a membership is not feasible, but I have found a number of alternatives. Not to mention all the available content on YouTube. So before telling yourself it is “too expensive” evaluate all your expenses, and then consider if “time” is the real cost you are finding too high to pay.
With Thanksgiving a few days away I want to take a moment to say how much I appreciate those who take the time to read my blog and how grateful I am to my fellow writers. You all motivate me to keep growing, learning, and most importantly to keep writing.
Wishing you all a happy, healthy, safe, and food comma filled holiday season!
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