When was the last time you ‘checked in’?

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What is something that is very dear to you and you just couldn’t live without? 

Your car, phone, computer… house even?

These are things that we use to navigate through each day, to earn money from and stay connected with the people around us.  Now, imagine all the time you have spent maintaining or updating these items..or even spent money ON.  Bets are on that it racks up into the many hours each day and thousands of dollars each month.

Now, did anyone actually think of a non consumable..(you know where I am going with this right)?  Yep, I am talking about your body.  Don’t you find it fascinating how we can spend so much money and time on our house, car, gadgets etc without even checking into what’s the most important possession of all?
Let’s use our house, or where we live as an example.  We spend money and time scouring magazines and the internet for inspiration to decorate, feel the need to have the latest plasma on our lounge room walls, freely pay a gardener for external maintenance or mow our lawns, or simply pay the energy bill that maintains the pool pump.  Housework is a non stop round trip and routinely culling the junk leaves us feeling good about…something?
It takes a huge amount of work and diligence to maintain a house.  One that you show with pride and it’s like anything we do, if you put the hard work in, the rewards show.
This brings me back to thinking about our bodies again.  Isn’t it funny how many of us balk at the idea of spending a few extra dollars on something that is healthy or going to be good for our bodies but won’t blink an eye when we see the latest Ipad. This is something I am constantly reminding myself of..that we shouldn’t feel guilty for putting our health first and foremost.
Do you routinely give it what it needs to function – consistent nourishment (balanced meals and healthy snacks), maintain the housework (visits to the doctor, dentist, gynecologist, specialists), inspiration (connection to other people, spirituality, creativity, time for reflection, deep breaths of fresh oxygen), external maintenance (self-care through grooming, making time to exercise and treat it as one of the most important things you do that day), adequate rest and time for relaxation (treating yourself to get your hair done, a facial, massage etc)
What happens when we don’t maintain our body?  Yep just like a house, it gets rundown and shabby, the framework starts looking sloppy and the energy bills are cut off.  Our bodies start to shut down to gain our attention the only way it knows how, by packing it in with illness or injury.
Just like we make lists for the day, check in and make a list for your body.  Do an at home facial, book in for your yearly dental checkup, plan your weeks exercise routine or buy some top notch salmon for dinner.  Dedicate the time and money towards something that is the most important prized possession we have.  Prevention is far cheaper and much more enjoyable than cure.Do you fall into the common trap of putting your house, car, etc first before your health?

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