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Ways To Invest In Yourself In Your Twenties
Your twenties are a time for lots of growth, learning and constant change. You may have wondered, “can I grow in my 20’s” and you betcha you can! In fact, your 20’s are said to be the time for the most growth of your life. This time in your life can determine what the rest of your life is like. From graduating college, starting your career, buying your first house and even starting a family, there are so many things that could happen in your twenties. It’s true when they say when you invest in yourself, you are investing in the rest of your life, and during your twenties, it’s even more important to start investing in yourself when your life is really just starting. And I’m here to help teach you how to invest in yourself in your 20’s.
But what does it mean to invest in yourself, exactly? Investing in yourself can be anything that will help you grow either personally, professionally or financially. From developing better financial habits or starting a new exercise routine.
Investing in yourself is crucial for personal growth and continued happiness and success throughout your life. In order to create success and make your dreams come true, you first need to invest in yourself. Why?
When you properly invest in yourself, you have so many opportunities for growth! More career prospects, higher pay, more promotions. Making investments in yourself doesn’t just stop at your career. Investing can help your financial future, personal goals and the rest of your life. Investing in yourself can also help you build confidence, learn new ideas or hobbies and put you on a path to success.
For the past few years, I have often thought “how should I invest in myself?” For continued growth, personally, professionally and financially. It’s a very important question to ask. So if you’re wondering how to invest in yourself in your 20’s, there here are 8 ideas you can start right now!
Why You Should Invest In Yourself In Your Twenties
Many people may wonder “why should I invest in myself?” or “what happens when you invest in yourself?” Starting to invest in yourself in your 20’s will help you form habits that will help you the rest of your life. The earlier you start habits and start investing in yourself and your future, the quicker you will see the payoff and benefits.
Investing in yourself is also the same thing as bettering yourself. Anything that you do that will help you or your future can be considering investing in yourself. So, how do better yourself in your 20’s? Let’s find out!
Certain investments take a long time to see the benefits, such as investing financially. In fact, how you spend your 20’s is pretty crucial to your financial future. Many young people struggle to get by during their first job out of college and spend all their money on rent, traveling, etc. and don’t even think twice about not saving any money for a retirement fund. And this is honestly one of the worst mistakes you can make!
I’ll talk more about financially investing in your 20’s later on, but just remember, the sooner you start investing in yourself, the better.
How You Should Invest In Yourself In Your 20’s
1. Exercise Regularly
If you want to learn how to best invest in yourself in your 20’s, it would be to start an exercise routine and make it a habit. Regular exercise is one of the best ways you can invest in yourself! Not only is it good for your health, but it’s also a completely free way to invest in yourself. With regular exercise, you will be healthier, happier, more motivated, less stressed and more creative. And those are just some of the ways exercise can benefit you.
Starting a healthy lifestyle in your 20’s is key to a healthy future. Once you make regular exercise a habit, it will be easy to stick with an exercise routine. Regular exercise can help with high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease and even cancer. It’s a great investment to make in your health and your future. And the sooner you start, the better!
2. Learn Something New
Education shouldn’t stop when you graduate! Make it a priority to continue learning throughout your life. Not only will it keep your mind sharp, but it can also help you land your dream job! Your twenties are the best time to learn something new. As you get older, you will find you have less time, especially after starting a family.
Taking the time now to learn a new still can be helpful in your personal and professional future. Whether that skill is learning graphic design to start a new side hustle, or taking a professional course to help you get that promotion, it’s always good to be learning.
Make it a point to learn new tasks or skills that would be of benefit to you in your career or personal life. You could even try to master a certain subject or hobby. Just find something you enjoy and learn how to do it well.
3. Read A New Book Every Month
During your twenties, you will have extra time on your hands and how you spend it is up to you! While you should have fun and enjoy life, it’s also important to take some of that time to invest in yourself. Schedule some time in your day to devote to reading your current book. Not only is reading fun, but it can actually help with the risk of dementia. Reading is a great and versatile way to invest in yourself because reading can be for fun or it can be educational!
Reading can help keep your mind sharp, help you learn new words, subjects or tasks that can pay off in the long run. I personally love reading for both professional and personal reasons. When I’m not blogging, you can almost always find me reading something!
I love Book of the Month club for personal reads! They have great prices on a huge selection of books. I personally read a lot of thriller/mystery books and they have the best selection. They get new books to choose from each month and all you do is go into their app, pick the books you want and you’ll have a new book in about 2 days! One of my goals this year was to read more, and this subscription has really helped me stay on track!
Pick out some new books that sound interesting to you and get reading! I’ll leave some of my favorite book recommendations down below!
4. Invest In Yourself Financially
Your twenties is the best time to invest in your financial future. The sooner you start investing and saving for retirement the better! Take advantage if your employer offers a 401k! When I started my first full time job, I immediately set up to have a certain amount of my paycheck taken out and put in my 401k. It’s the best decision I’ve ever made and it gives me peace of mind knowing I’m saving for a comfortable retirement.
Financially investing in yourself in your twenties doesn’t just have to focus on retirement, though. You could be saving up for a home, a car, or even a big trip.
Having a budget is so important for financial health! Not only does it allow you to cut back on unnecessary purchase, but sticking with your budget will also help with self-discipline, a skill everyone needs. Plus, budgeting will allow you to invest in your future. Whether that be a 401(k) for retirement, or an emergency fund, it’s always good to be well prepared.
There is nothing like decluttering your room, or your whole house for that matter. We tend to collect things over the years and it just winds up as clutter! At least once a year, I try to go through my things and get rid of extra things I’m not using or don’t like anymore.
After all, no one is ever successful when they’re surrounded by a mess! You will feel much better having a more organized space.
6. Make Time For Yourself
Your twenties can be a weird time, there’s so much going on and so many changes. From starting your career, getting out on your own, becoming financially independent or starting a family, it’s easy to get caught up in the never ending to do list, but it’s just as important to give yourself a break every now and then. I make it a habit to practice some type of self care each day. And typically, it only takes a few minutes out of my day. It’s so worth it!
Check out my post on self care ideas here.
Making time for yourself can be one of the best investments to make in your twenties. It’s so easy to get caught up and stretch yourself too thin. Learning to make yourself a priority will benefit you down the line. It’s a good lesson to learn when you learn how to say ‘No’ and make more time for yourself.
7. Invest In Your Health
Although we talked about exercise as a form of investing in yourself, you also need to make it a habit to get yearly checkups with your provider. So many people my age don’t go to the doctor and are out of luck when something happens!
It’s also super important to regularly see a doctor for preventative measures and screenings. So many diseases can be treated (and cured!) if caught early enough. Your health is one of the best investments you can make, especially in your 20’s! The earlier you start caring for yourself, the better.
Additionally, you should also try and eat healthy foods. I love pizza and beer as much as the next girl, but having them all the time is just not good for your health. I will never give them up, but I make sure I eat them in moderation and also eat plenty of fruits and veggies as well!
8. Develop Better Life Skills
Life skills are so important to have, yet no one takes the time to learn any! A life skill is really any skill that will help you get through life and be at your best. Life skills can be anything from learning to overcome shyness, becoming better at communication or becoming more assertive. There are so many life skills you could learn that will help you in your daily life and your future.
Here are some life skill ideas you can start to learn:
- Communicating better
- Develop problem-solving skills
- Creative thinking
- Time management
Investing in yourself doesn’t have to take a lot of time, effort or cost any money! There are plenty of great ways to invest in yourself that don’t cost a thing and are easily done each day. How do you like to invest in yourself?
How To Invest In Yourself In Your 20’s
Now that we’ve learned how to invest in yourself in your 20’s, it’s time to make it happen. Investing in yourself doesn’t have to be overcomplicated, time-consuming or even difficult. Investing will be something that you do throughout your entire life, so don’t feel like you have to make all these investments today.
Pick something that you feel you could really benefit from and try it out. It may take a little practice to find ways that work best for you. For example, if you choose exercising, you may have to find what exercise you like best and figure out a schedule that works for you.
With these tips, I know you’ll be able to make smart investments in yourself. Whether you’re in your 20’s or not, these are great investments to make. Don’t think it’s too late to start investing in yourself! Anyone can start, no matter their age.
Learning how to invest in yourself as a woman is one of the most important things you can do for yourself and your future. So make sure you are making as much time as possible to invest in yourself during your 20’s. I promise, it will pay off! What happens when you invest in yourself is honestly one of the best things you will ever experience.