Non-Financial Investments For Your Future

Last weekend, I woke up with a kink in my neck so bad that I couldn’t move my head at all to the right. It was sending shooting pains down my arm and shoulder. I was pretty much debilitated all day, and couldn’t even sit down and stand up comfortably.

I wracked my brain with how I ended up with the kink in my neck and then remembered a conference call during which I had my phone at work resting on my shoulder, instead of using a headset. The call lasted for an hour so my neck wasn’t too happy with me when I finally got off the call. It seized up while I was sleeping.

I went to massage therapy, as I get it with my extended health benefits, the following week. My massage therapist lectured me for quite some time about being active after work because sitting is so bad for your spine. She told me some horror stories, but I was sold. I needed more weight bearing exercise, and I knew it. If I didn’t take care of my back, I risked the possibility of developing osteoporosis or just back problems in general. Taking care of my back by stretching and exercising more is a huge investment in my future.

On the way home, I was thinking about how so many of us (myself included) worry about finances for the future but we don’t take care of our bodies and health the way we should. These little non-financial investments will typically end up benefiting us financially in the long run, as our medical bills won’t be as high.

There are so many ways that you can invest in yourself non-financially. Here’s what I’ve come up with:

Take Care of Your Hearing

Listening to really loud music and not wearing ear protection when in a loud situation is not very good, especially if you are thinking long term.

Sure, that concert may have been fun, but when you start to lose your hearing prematurely, how much will you value those concerts and loud music?

Take Care of Your Eyes

I have a friend that works for an optometry clinic and she’s always telling me about how I should be wearing sunglasses. I think my eyes are pretty much invincible, and take for granted that I don’t need glasses or contacts yet.

Wearing eye protection when in a dangerous situation, not rubbing your eyes, and wearing sunglasses even if it’s not sunny out are all investments in your future.

Take Care of Your Body

There are so many ways that you can take care of your body, but when I say this I mean stop eating junk.

Junk food every once in awhile isn’t bad, but when you’re eating processed food for every meal, it can really upset your body.

We’re so used to processed food in our culture that it’s not even seen as bad, but think about it. Even the yogurt your buying that isn’t natural has flavors, colors, and dyes, as well as preservatives in it that aren’t supposed to go into your body. Watch what you are putting in your body and it will pay off immensely in your future.

Exercise 

All too often, people think of exercise as just going for a run, or hitting the treadmill, or going for a bike ride, but weight bearing exercise is extremely important for your muscles as well as your bones.

Add some weights to your workout routine. Of course, cardiovascular exercise is good for your heart and blood flow and brain function, but doing both is what is going to benefit you in the long run.

Take Care of Your Brain

Staying sharp is so important. You can have the healthiest body in the world in your old age, but it’s all for naught if you don’t have a sharp mind.

Meditate, challenge yourself, learn something new, don’t just zone out in front of the TV when you get home from work at the end of the day. Do something that exercises that big, important organ that we all sometimes take for granted.

Take Care of Your Relationships

Having healthy, strong relationships can be just as important for your health as the food you eat. These relationships can provide stress relief, laughter, and fun, as well as somebody to lean on when things aren’t going so well.

All of these things provide an important non-financial investment in your future.  If we don’t all start making non-financial investments in ourselves, we won’t be around to enjoy the financial investments we’ve made.

How do you invest in yourself?


Comments

Non-Financial Investments For Your Future — 26 Comments

  1. I try to listen to my body. They say babies know when they are not hungry anymore, and what kind of food they should eat, instinctively. We distort that when we grow up. When my body is tired, I try to sleep. When it is full, I try to stop eating.
    Learning new things is also important.

    • It’s interesting how instinctive babies and animals are, but we’ve lost that innate-ness as our world becomes more developed and develops more technology.

  2. Investing in building new skills is very important and something that very few people take seriously. We live in a time when the world around us is changing fast. The most valuable skills now dint event exists 5-10 years ago. Lets stake the example of iPhone programming, if you were a developer who dint catch on to this platform because you did not want to invest in learning something new, you have missed out on a big wave.

    • Bodies are very intuitive that way. But the thing is, people very rarely pick up on the fact that it’s not being treated well until something goes wrong.

  3. Couldn’t have said it all better myself! I have chronic back problems from all the lifting and heavy work I do, and one doctor told me I needed to start stretching more and doing yoga. Ha! A blue collar dude like me doing yoga? Not gonna happen. But maybe I could stretch a little more. My back is probably worth it. 🙂

  4. Teeth! As I’ve just farily recently completed some dental work that I had put off for 6 years this is something I try to keep in mind. I also try to listen to what my body tells me concerning hunger or exercising. I’ve found I eat a lot less comfort or “bored” food when I do that.

  5. I walk as much as I can! I walk during breaks at work and when it cools down at lunch too. Now I am trying to walk or ride my bike after work before the time changes and its dark. However, I invested in some pepper spray for when I just gotta get out there.

    I need to do more weight work too. That’s the hard part!

    • That’s fabulous! I’m glad you do. It’s hard to be “on” all the time with ourselves, but at least some consideration to these things will go a long way.

  6. I do all your tips! It is probably feel younger because of it. I am turning 66 years old next month and feel better than when I was 30 years old. The only difference is I have gray hair and almost all of it.

  7. I need to do weight bearing exercises, too. I’m terrific at walking and jogging, but I never work out my arms. At least now I’m lifting a baby…so maybe I can skip weights for a little while? Nah, I should add in weights…

    • Babies are heavy and its’ hard work to lift them, but you need to do sets! Repeated lifting of weighted objects. I don’t think a baby would like it too much if you were using him/her as a dumbell!

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