Borrowing Benjamin Franklin’s genius quote and adapting it slightly I want to start by saying, “An investment in yourself, yields the best interest”.
So, what better way to spend your summer than setting yourself up to flourish!
Here are some ideas to get you started.
Plan a regular social media fast
While technology and social media has proven to be invaluable over the pandemic, psychologists have warned not to forget the dark side of it.
It’s been found that endless scrolling on social media contributes to depression, anxiety and low self-esteem.
And while the idea of not being glued to your phone and in touch with what’s going on in itself may induce a huge amount of panic, time away from the screen is time that can be spent with friends and family “in real life”!
As Carla Marie Manly, PHD, clinical psychologist and author of Joy from Fear, quoted for a recent article on Well and Good, “Fasts can increase positivity, decrease anxiety, and assuage feelings of depression.”
And as we start to exit our Covid 19 induced social distancing let’s take the opportunity this summer, to re-engage without worrying about the zoom mute button!
Check your finances and set some goals
Money is usually one of the things we put on the “things to look at later” list.
It can be a bit of an emotional minefield and as a result an easy target to procrastinate on.
But getting clear on your finances can lead to good things. One of which is the peace of mind of knowing where you are at and what you need to do.
Use the summer to get the clarity you need around your finances to set some big, juicy life changing goals.
Do a personal MOT
Investing in yourself, means taking the time to check in with how you are doing and reset the areas you are struggling with.
A summer of gratitude can set you up for a year of good things. Remember to journal all the good things that happen in your sun drenched day.
The birds singing, the early morning sunrise, the drop of rain from the previous night trickling off the leaves, the smell of cut grass and the laughter!
Spend time in nature
Nature is the gift we were given to soothe our hurried and anxious minds and reset our overburdened souls.
Time spent in nature is never wasted, it energisers while it calms. It’s the antidote to our frenetic, hurried lifestyles reminding us of what really matters in the universe.
And never have we needed the freedom it offers more than after the period we have had with our wings having been clipped and our world having been shrunk to the space between our four walls.
Clear your environment
Having spent an extended period getting more than familiar with our immediate surroundings, we know the impact the state of those surrounding can have on our mindset.
And decluttering can be a hugely therapeutic endeavour.
Clutter leads to anxiety and stress and reflects the turmoil it causes in our bodies and minds, so it makes sense the act of clearing our space gives us the “headroom”, to also realign everything we have going on in our heads.
As JK Rowling said “I do believe something magical can happen when you read a good book”.
And books have been described as portable magic you hold in your hands, and I truly believe they are.
Books can inspire, motivate, amuse, entertain, enchant and teach. They are a portal into an unknown dimension inviting us to open our minds to a new way of being.
The best gift you can give yourself is the gift of curiosity and books are the stimulant for inspiring it.
I hope these have given you some food for thought and some ideas for your summer of self investment.