A review of people’s spending habits in the UK reveals a lot about priorities, as does simply asking people what they think is their most valuable asset. Both indicate that people value their houses and their cars enough to invest in their maintenance and repair. Cars are regularly serviced and MOT’d and houses get redecorated and repaired. Not surprising, of course.
What I do think is surprising is that the one asset that people have, which is completely irreplaceable and without which we don’t function, is often very low down a person’s list of priorities when it comes to investing in adequate care and attention. I am talking about a person’s body of course.
Many people who attend immediately to the slightest scratch on their car or the smallest leak in their home will allow aches and pains and sleepless nights to go on for months, even years, before even thinking about doing something to get better.
It is quite right to attend to problems as soon as possible. Just as that scratch on the car will get rusty and that small leak will spread and cause more damage, so lack of sleep will affect many other aspects of your health and those aches and pains can lead you to exercise less effectively (or may even stop you exercising completely).
Many of my clients come to me with problems they’ve suffered with for years; many have stopped doing favourite activities as a result. Resolving such long term problems takes longer than resolving a problem which has only started recently - just as repairing a leak after it’s seeped through a floor is a bigger job than fixing a newly sprung leak.
So, next time you service your car, or redecorate your lounge, ask yourself when you last invested in a little care and repair for yourself. After all, you’re the one thing you won’t be able to replace if you breakdown!