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  • Writer's pictureSarah Tian

The Top 5 Ways to Invest (In Yourself)

Updated: Sep 18, 2022

When we talk about "investment", we tend to immediately think of financial investments. I think we need a more holistic view of investment in life.

Most would agree that the ultimately goal of financial investments beyond "generating a return from the invested asset" is to enable you to live the life you want. I argue that investing in yourself, that is, in your physical, mental, social and financial well-being will not only enhance your overall well-being, but will also help you accelerate your path to living your dream life!

So how do we start to invest in ourselves? Here are the top five ways of investing in yourself:

1. Invest in Your Physical Health

Your body is the foundation of your life. If you are not physically fit, you will struggle with almost anything. When your body is in an optimal state, your energy levels will be maximized so that you can optimize your efforts at work, and be able to fully enjoy your hobbies and holidays much better as well.

💡 Some of the most basic things you can do in your daily life to invest in your body are to make sure you get enough sleep, drink lots of water, eat a balanced diet (see simple ways to make your meals more exciting) and exercise regularly (see how to move more (without going to the gym)).

To truly sustain the habit of exercising, you need to find the type of exercise that clicks for you as well as the frequency that fits your schedule. For example, I enjoy taking group fitness classes (either in-person or by watching YouTube videos) the most. I also find that formally exercising for around an hour each time, 2-3 times per week is the optimal frequency for me.

If you create unreasonable expectations for yourself, you will set yourself up for failure.

💡 Make sure to get a physical exam every year and that you don't put off seeing a doctor. If you tell me you don't have time to see a doctor, that means that you really need to go see one!