Abraham Maslow developed a psychology theory called Maslow’s hierarchy of needs in 1943. The base of this pyramid shows basic needs that are imperative to maintain health and normal functioning including food and water. These basic needs are required for survival!
Now, I can’t tell you how many times I hear clients say, “I don’t have time to go buy groceries, so I grab fast food,” “I work all day and don’t remember to eat,” or “I don’t want to cook.”
Why are so many Americans overlooking their basic needs? We need to drink water. We need sleep. We need to eat. BUT we also don’t want to eat in a manner that abuses our bodies either. We put work, family, and an agglomeration of other things before our health. Maslow’s theory suggests that our basic needs must be met first before we can properly focus our energy on any of the higher level needs shown on the pyramid. If you want to do a better job at work you need to first properly fuel your body. If you want to take care of your family you have to first take care of yourself. If you want to maintain your happy personality you have to make sure your drink enough water and make healthy eating choices or you will end up cranky, tired and/or hangry.
Take care of your body and don’t ignore or abuse your basic needs!