I had been feeling quite sluggish lately, and had wondered why this was the case. I hadn’t felt energised in a long, long time, and I realised it was because I was really sleep deprived (thanks to Chewie Lim!) - so I took a couple of days off work and wow, did I sleep! I napped every afternoon, and was still able to sleep soundly at night.
This just reminded me of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, and how one needs to prioritise certain needs to function at their best. According to Maslow, we have five categories of needs: physiological, safety, love, esteem, and actualisation. (See graphic representation below under My favourite things)
Due to the lack of sleep (which is categorised under physiological needs, and is the foundation of the pyramid), I was not eating well or prioritising exercise - and these negative effects cascaded down towards my happiness , motivation and productivity levels.
Maslow considered physiological needs to be the most essential of our needs. If someone is lacking in more than one need, they’re likely to try to meet these physiological needs first. For example, if someone is extremely hungry, it’s hard to focus on anything else besides food. Another example of a physiological need would be the need for adequate sleep.
True enough, once I had enough sleep - my Monday morning turned out really well. It had been awhile since I felt super sharp minded. Since then I’ve made a conscious effort to start prioritising the number of hours I’ve slept, as well as consistently exercising and eating well!
Till next week!