Staying Healthy By Following The Hierarchy Of Needs
Staying healthy is very important in maintaining a stress free life brought about by the many challenges we face. When we get sick by unhealthy living or germs, we are faced by incapability to a certain level i.e we cannot perform our best when we are sick or incapacitated in any form.
It is also important to know the nature of our psychological and physiological needs in maintaining a healthy state of living. The psychological and physiological hierarchy of needs was first defined by Abraham Maslow in 1943 as an article in his publication theory of human motivation. These theory explains the necessary steps we go through to achieve a state of well being
The first step in maintaining a healthy living according to Maslow's hierarchy of needs is getting the basic things our bodies need to function in a proper manner. Some of the basic things that a person needs in attaning and mantaining a state of health living are proper breathing, food, water, sleep, excretion, and the like.
Among all other things, these are perhaps the most important and common for human existence, any absence of the above needs will result to complications to other needs or outright illness.
The next level of needs is the safety of physioligical and psychological needs from internal and external stimuli. Internal factors can include germs and bacteria that invade our physical bodies to cause harm in the normal body functions. External stumuli comprises of external objects that can cause or threaten our physical and mental well being.
Keeping our bodies safe from harm means keeping proper form of hygiene and taking the neccesarry supplement to maintain proper mental and physical functions.
Love is the affection and concern received from different social constructs surrounding a person. Living and staying healthy involves affirmation and care from those around us we are social creatures. A lack of affirmation and care from those around us will lead to complication in the next two level of needs in the Maslow's hierarchy of needs.
Love may not necessary mean romantic love that one seeks, but rather the love of of just being accepted as an individual with a distinct personality
Esteem is the desired effect of the individual after getting the previous aspect of love. A person with high self-esteem may be able to grow beyond his personal limits. When Self-esteem manifests in a person, he is always willing to fight and carry on with things no matter the challenges. Sometime self esteem is based and dependent on the people who believe in the individual
After all the other physiological needs have been met, the final and most important need is self actualization. The need of self actualization is needed to finalize and solidify the other four levels of needs. In this aspect, the brain is the controlling and focal factor in holding all the other four needs together to achieve a state of well being both physically and mentally. No matter how well the body can be if your mental state is not in a state of well being. Then everything will start to deteriorate afterward, The two need to be in perfect harmony.
Staying healthy by following the Maslow's hierarchy on needs is an important step by step process needs assessment to stay focused on what areas of well being are important.