When asked, “Where do you live?” most would respond with our state or city of residence. Some others might get a bit more detailed and note the town, subdivision, or even street that we live on. Makes a lot of sense. We tend to our gardens, beautify our homes and keep our lawns mowed to give a neat and tidy look to our humble abodes. When there is an issue with our homes, we call someone to come fix it before a simple leaky sink turns into a flooded bathroom. We respect and care for our homes because these spaces, in some way, define who we are.

However, for all of the time and effort that we put into our living spaces, we’ve neglected the most important one—our bodies. Each and every one of us lives in a country, in a state, in a city, in a town, in a neighborhood, on a street, in an apartment or a home, and we can change any one of those factors at any time. A home is not permanent if we don’t want it to be. If we’re looking for change, a move out of state or out of the country might be in order. But no matter where we move our physical possessions, our bodies are always along for the ride.

If we can put so much effort and loving care into beautifying what is around us, why don’t we put the same thought and care into beautifying ourselves? You are worth it. And you only have this one life to live—right here and right now. So take the time to rest, relax and rejuvenate yourself. Spend time caring for the most important home you have—your body. Treat it kindly. Speak loving words to yourself. Smile at yourself in the mirror. Get an ample amount of sleep. And learn to let go of what no longer serves you. Because the more we care for our bodies, minds, and spirits, the healthier and happier we will ultimately be.

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