Back to Basics 2020.07.16
In a previous blog, I touched on the idea of finding a haven, how proper breathing can be beneficial and the importance of oxygen to our bodies. From my smartphone application that highlights ‘must read’ articles, I’ve been receiving so many feeds about how to be the best and healthiest you, that today I decided to share some of the ideas I’ve been collecting from my reading.
I remember when I was studying Business Management, one of the topics covered was Organizational Behaviour. The lecturer was quite cool but the topic itself was really interesting. I enjoyed learning about the basic human being, what drives us in our pure form and then how we behave within the context of society and a business model. One of the theories I learnt was ‘The Hierarchy of Needs Theory’.
It was proposed by Abraham Maslow in 1943. Maslow's hierarchy of needs is a motivational theory in psychology comprising a five-tier model of human needs, often depicted as hierarchical levels within a pyramid. Needs lower down in the hierarchy must be satisfied before individuals can attend to needs higher up. From the bottom of the hierarchy upwards, the needs are: physiological, safety, love and belonging, esteem and self-actualization.
Physiological things refer to our basic bodily needs and include food, water, sex, rest, shelter etc. In this modern world, where the emphasis is on being involved in everything and output expectations at work are very high, it’s hard to take care of ourselves as we should. We have a caffeine-driven, adrenaline pumped, overworked and overstimulated kind of existence. We all need to turn that around and get back to the basics.
Here are some tips to stay healthy and reduce stress:
1. Eat well - lots of water, fruits and vegetables are necessary. A balance diet is important and from what I recall I learnt in primary school, there should be six groups we need to have something from on a daily basis - meat, beans, grains, fruits, vegetables and dairy. Try to avoid high levels of salt, processed food, refined sugar and carbohydrate diets.
2. Exercise - this helps to release endorphins into our system (feelgood hormones). Physical activity keeps your body healthy, fit and strong.
3. Get professional help - stop self-diagnosing with advice from the Internet. Talk to your doctor to give you ideas about what has your body off whack and what help you can get to counter it. Develop positive coping mechanisms like socializing, reading, journaling and exercising.
4. Sleep - the recommended number of hours we adults need is eight! Stop cutting it short because you have so much to do. During sleep the body detoxes, sorts mental conflicts, relaxes, recuperates and resets its inner-workings. It’s vital for our mental and physical health.
5. Develop support structures - make sure you have an inclusive team to support you. A mentor to provide guidance, a protege to coach, a work mate to discuss issues in the office, a friend or partner you can seek advice from when your back is against the wall.
6. Focus on you - your job does not define you. That’s not the reason you were born. You were born to live a happy life. Take charge of that and make it happen everyday. It’s not going to happen on its own.
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At the sharehouse, you can be sure to find someone to chat with or discuss problems. You can find a mate to play video or board games, have dinner with or just go out to the supermarket. Living there certainly has made number 5 on the list above possible.
I'm like a chihuahua. Small but fierce and full of energy. I'm generally a positive person and try to make the best of each day.