In today's society we are often concerned with being the best whatever it takes. This is seen not only in the business world but in people's everyday lives. People tend to put mental health, self care and often time basic needs last in order to complete a difficult task in the attempt to remain the best. Things like working through lunch, skipping breakfast, waking up at the crack of dawn, or taking a nap as your form of a good night's rest may all seem worth it right now but in the long run you are hurting you. If you as an individual is are not fully functioning how can you expect your work to be the best it can be?
Thankfully mental health and the psychological world has begun to have more light shined on it opening the public's eye as to how serious these topics are. As Abraham Maslow said back in his paper “The Human Motivation” in 1943 people have basic needs that need to be met before anything else can happen. These needs make up a triangle and if you fill your triangle and meet your needs you are able to function better as a person. These needs range from physical all the way to self- actualization. Maslow isn’t famous for for nothing, the guy kinda knew what he was talking about. Simply put if you don’t eat or drink your body is malnourished meaning there is no extra energy to complete the task let alone stay awake! The same goes for all the other levels as well and the more you complete the better you will be.
World Mental Health Day is October 10th which is a great time to start taking better care of yourself inside and outside the workplace. Mental Health is way more important than the average person believes it to be. If you are lost and don’t know how to start, simple put some time aside for yourself. Focus on nourishing your body and practicing self care.