Sometimes it is easy to avoid dealing with issues until they actually occur. But by then, they usually turn into bigger problems that are harder to fix. I’m not just talking mechanics; preventive maintenance can make your life easier in every single realm.
We all know that we should keep up with our oil changes, rotate our tires, and change our air filters, right? How many of us actually do that?
It can seem inconvenient or expensive, but the cost of an oil change is dramatically lower than the cost of an engine repair. Companies often perform preventive maintenance because it lowers overhead costs; some even do daily checks on their machinery to identify issues.
It also keeps everything running smoothly and without interruption. If you’re checking consistently and notice that a battery’s output is low, you can simply order a replacement so the proverbial (and literal) lights don’t go out.
Sense of self
In our society, we are socialized to put ourselves last. Anything else is seen as “selfish.” But taking some time, even a few minutes, can make a huge difference. If you are stressed and have a long to-do list, taking five minutes to sit in quiet stillness and practice deep breathing will bring focus and help you get through those tasks.
Taking time to prepare meals ahead of time can save your money and your health. By doing research on ways to prepare healthy meals, you can give your body the nutrients it needs to continue running at the speed you require.
If you change your eating habits now, you can reduce health issues you might encounter later on down the line. Healthy food might seem expensive, but when you compare it to the cost of health care for major medical crisis, it’s really quite nominal.
Living in the 21st century comes with a constant sense of connectedness. We all have our phones, computers, tablets, everything, all the time. This causes stress and anxiety, because we are always plugged in.
Taking time to “unplug” and participate in an activity without being connected to the Internet is a great way to lower that anxiety that comes with constant contact.
It might seem a little counterintuitive, right? Take time out to breath, when you’re busy? Unplug when the whole world is constantly online? You might miss something.
But it’s important to focus on yourself, and do that “preventive maintenance” in order to be your best self today and tomorrow.