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The Greatest Investment: YOU

Updated: Apr 12

One of life’s biggest advice is, "you should invest!" People often refer to financial investment when sharing this statement. However, investing in yourself is also a special gift you can give not only to yourself, but to others as well.

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Doing this provides many benefits in multiple areas of your life. I learned this through my own experiences in volunteering, my career, and witnessing others’ journey of personal development.

As a therapist, I work with individuals who struggle with things like depression, anxiety, stress management, and more. Together, we explore unique self-care actions (or investments) that contribute to areas they want to improve on. As a human just like you, I challenge myself to take opportunities that allow me to expand my knowledge and growth so that I can help others in their journey as well. Choosing a specific investment can look different for everyone.

Here are 4 investment ideas you can try along with the benefit it provides:

  1. Invest in Yourself Get addicted to enhancing yourself mentally, emotionally, and physically. This can include exercise, volunteering, or attending therapy. Benefit: You will feel energized in these areas which will allow the motivation you need to show up where you need to be.

  2. Invest in Knowledge Reading is a great way to do this (and my personal favorite)! I once heard someone say, “reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” Benefit: You gain new ideas; it improves your focus and communication skills; and expands your understanding.

  3. Invest in Experiences Have the courage to take calculated risks. For example, traveling is a fun way to do this! Benefit: You can learn more about yourself and the world through experiences.

  4. Invest in Networking This can include both friends and business networking. It is important to have a circle of individuals who discuss self-improvement, business ideas, discipline, as well as success. Benefit: You create a community where you can learn from one another, lean on for support, and holds you accountable.

These investments allow you to invest in yourself one way or another. By committing to one or more listed above to practice in your life, you will begin to notice personal transformation. Be open to expanding this list and find additional ways that are fitting for you. I also encourage you to share your investment skills with others as you will find it as a rewarding experience. Remember: YOU are the greatest investment!

Alana Tristan is supervised by Roxanne Deams, LPC-S.

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