Hierarchy of Needs
This page is still under construction. The idea is based on human needs as outlined in Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. When needs aren’t met it causes stress.Stress is an actual physiological change that redirects the body’s resources from the organs out into the arms & legs. You may know this as the fight-or-flight response. Obviously in a life-or-death situation, your energy is serving you best if it is helping you fight or run.If this continues over a long period of time, however, it can severely affect digestion, the immune system & the nervous system, among other things. This can be an issue for someone struggling with chronic illness because it can further compromise the body’s ability to heal. It is also a concern because a chronic illness in & of itself can create a long term stress state. From your body’s perspective, this is another situation where you are fighting for your life, is it not? Unfortunately, this can then become a vicious cycle where your body’s attempt to ward off an illness can actually exacerbate the problem.
This exercise is meant to help you identify areas in your life where there may be undue stress & help you prioritize your efforts to alleviate it.
The pyramid begins with basic physiological needs. These should be your first priority. The idea is that a need on the Physiological level that is not being met properly will cause more of a stress response than one further up the pyramid. That’s why they are the first priority & then we move up from there.
If you are suffering with chronic illness, this would fall under the Physiological need of Homeostasis. The body’s optimal balance is being compromised by your illness.
The mechanism to create a chart of your progress over time is still under development. Clicking the Submit button below will not get you anywhere. Understanding this concept, however, can take you far in managing your illness and rebuilding & redirecting your body’s resources.