• Call Now: 405.341.3554
  • Connect

Edmond Family Counseling Articles

Articles by the Counselors at Edmond Family Counseling

Invest in Yourself

Thursday, January 25, 2018

by Sheila Stinnett, Executive Director

I have recently become focused on the idea of investment. Maybe it’s because I am in my fifties and my thinking has shifted toward retirement or maybe it’s the intense focus our society places on monetary security as we age. Financial investing is pro-active, it’s future focused and a sign of good judgment. Saving for a rainy day is responsible, admirable and mature. How much should you save? How should you invest? Who do you trust to manage it? In this rush to be financially secure are we missing the chance to invest in something even more precious? What about investment in self?

Self-investment needs to be a priority. A healthy individual balances time between meeting the needs of others and meeting their own needs. Mastering the art of setting practical effective boundaries is as pro-active and future focused as ownership of stocks and bonds. Ensuring you meet your physical, emotional and social needs are as responsible and admirable as meeting your IRA goals.

Self-investment, just like financial investment should start with a critical evaluation of where you are and where you want to be. Being overwhelmed and overly focused on others or other things can impact your ability to be productive by endangering your health, disrupting your thinking, impairing your capacity to manage your emotions and ultimately damaging your potential.

Effective self-investment starts by utilizing the power of time.Making and protecting time for engaging in activities which nourish self are vital to functionality. Something as simple as taking a day just for yourself may seem novel, but may hold the key for beginning the journey of self-investment. Many Americans, unlike individuals from other cultures, may view taking time for oneself as a selfish luxury. Just in terms of vacation and holiday time, U.S. workers lag substantially behind workers from other countries. The 16 days of vacation and holiday time provided to most Americans is significantly less than the 30 plus days offered to workers in European countries.

However, time away from work may not be the only factor impacting self-investment. The quality of the time taken also impacts us. What activities we choose to engage in when we are making time for ourselves are equally important. These pursuits should be focused on meeting our needs not the needs of others. We must take care of ourselves if we are to be effective in caring for and nurturing those around us.

For 2018, I making the commitment to actively participate in self-investment. I have challenged myself to find two days a month which I will primarily devote to meeting my own needs. Following the rules of good goal setting, I am writing this down and as well as sharing it with you to ensure accountability. With self-investment in mind, I will utilize the hours I spend at work to complete what I must and the hours away from work to engage in putting me first. As it is a Saturday and I am at the office, at my desk, working to complete this, it is probably best if I decide to begin my journey of self-investment tomorrow. Join me and make a commitment to self-invest in 2018. I’ll be sharing updates in future newsletters and welcome your comments! sttinnett@edmondfamily.org



Post has no comments.
Post a Comment

Captcha Image

Trackback Link
Post has no trackbacks.

Recent Posts


Gender Roles Gun violence and mental health Grandparents as parents College Transitions Parenting through Divorce Teens and cell phones Golden Child Bias New year’s resolution Freshman Year Family Roles Is therapy forever Panic Disorder What to do when you are laid off Belinda Crosier Fear Teen Drug Use Dating Positive Thinking James Dobson Micro-aggression Oklahoma Department of Human Services Terrorism and children Panic Parent peer pressure How many sessions do I need Disability AARP Goal Setting Jackie Shaw Affluenza Help for panic and anxiety How long should counseling take David Feldman Co-Parenting Class Parenting Teenagers Child Development Negative Thinking Anxiety Adult Children Sexual Abuse Seniors Underage Drinking Managing substance abuse Teen Parenting 13 Reasons Why Depression and social media College Age Children Quinton Ellis Suicide Substance Abuse Mayme White Miller Bullying Early Treatment of Depression Twitter Teenage perception of drug use Independent Living Marijuana Teenage Development Procrastination Annie Sullivan Grandparenting Edmond Character Council Parenting and Cell Phones Relationships Teenage Boys personal growth GirlStrong Trauma Young Adults Suicide Prevention Recommendations Sanjay Gupta The Martian Movie Lee Daniel Kravetz gadgets Parenting How prevalent is domestic violence Teens and Smartphones Schedule 1 Drug ADHD The Amazing Race 710 School Holidays Teen Safety Edmond Scapegoating Risk taking Normalcy Dr. Rhonda Patrick Tumblr How to detect signs of depression Drug Abuse Unemployment and depression Co-Parenting Girl Strong HK pen Bias and memory National Drug Threat Assessment Summary Retirement Time Management Communication Grounded Hope Family Systems Theory Family Theory Parenting with purpose 5 Love Languages Enabling Adult Children The Butterfly Circus Twenty Somethings Strong Willed Child Changing Problem Behavior Self Image How to manage anxiety Misconceptions of Smoking Marijuana Children Feldman and Kravetz Snapchat Divorce Brain Research Siblings in Conflict Prom safety Edmond drug use How do children process trauma Cell Phones Helen Keller Movies for Teens Mild-Depression Drug Use Addiction Opiods Self Investment History Why did the system fail Alcohol Divorce with minor children Parkland Shooter Millenials Call of Duty Impact of Suicide Food Allergies list Happiness Teens Use of Technology Holiday stress Organization spring Consequences Drugs How to recognize domestic violence Audrey Woods What is domestic violence Communicating with your teen Learning Disabilites Prescription Drugs Will counseling work quickly Conflict Marriage counseling Tetra-Amelia Syndrome Speaker Listener Technique Technology Americans with Disabilities Act Aggregated News for Teens Newsletter Working Parents Marriage Divorce School Ridley Scott Captain of Your Ship Domestic violence resources Exercise treatment for depression Nutrition and stress Oklahoma Statute on Marijuana goals Childhood depression Teenagers Character Development Chores for Teens The Miracle Worker Emotions Back to School Suicide Prevention for Teens privilege Reading John Goetz Social anxiety Developmentally appropriate strategies for grief counseling Amanda Percival Panic attacks Therapy self-sabotage College Campus parenting college age kids Stress The Martian Book Wax Apps for Teens Microagression Learning Funding Setting Boundaries for Your Teen Teen Suicide Grandparent Initiative Heroin Crisis Facebook Eating Disorder Political Correctness high school Boundaries ADA Fidget Spinners Michael Jackson United States Drug Enforcement Agency 13 Reasons Why NOT Donald Miller Sheila Stinnett How to talk to your kids about terrorism Role Models HB 2249 Decision-Making Self-Esteem bucket list Setting Boundaries with Adult Children Culture Al McCormick Support Group Waxing Spanking Presidential debate World Health Organization Chad McCoy Positive Reinforcement How common are panic attacks Political bias Prevention When Teens Should Get a Cell Phone Legalization of Marijuana Heroin in the Suburbs Limitations of counseling Death fads Detox Diet Supersurvivors Links between unemployment and depression Hanna Baker Personality Test Andy Weir Prom guidelines for teens Joshua and Rebecca Weigel Great Depression Elizabeth Loftus What Matters Most Program What Really Matters DIY Marriage counseling How to control panic attacks Retirement Planning School Anxiety Instagram Emotional Development Unemployment Prom Summer Plans for Teens Edmond Family Counseling Butane Hask Oil Teen Jobs Codependency Drinking in high school Communication techniques for couples Summer time parenting Butane Honey Oil Social Media Isolation in teens Oklahoma drug use Entitlement Syndrome Depression Choices The Golden Years Community Suicide Prevention Programs Bong Disasters Teens and Time Management Communicating with your child Dr. Ben Carson Ben Carson Darcy McConnell non-verbal communication Edmond Municipal Court Anger Summer Medical Use of Marijuana in Oklahoma Child Abuse Confidentiality Mental Health Jay Asher Discipline Disciplining Teens College Peers Positive Illusions


Call Us Now!