By Nancy S Buck, PhD, RN
We are all born with five basic psychological needs that drive our behavior:
Safety & security, the psychological aspects of survival
Love & Belonging
Mental Health & Happiness can be developed, improved and maintained by spending conscious time, energy and intention every day meeting our basic needs. How? Responsibly and effectively:
Loving and connecting with self and with the important people in our lives
Being powerful with others and through personal competence
This time of year, the time we say good-bye to 2015 and welcome in the New Year 2016, is a perfect time for some self-evaluation.
Reflection: How are you doing meeting your needs for safety?
Release: Are there any ineffective or irresponsible behaviors you want to release, let go, or eliminate? You might find it helpful to determine which need or needs you are attempting to meet with destructive behaviors. Now you can start a new, different, more effective and responsible behavior to meet the need or needs.
Restore: Are there any habits or behaviors that you have let slip or dropped, even though you know these habits helped you meet one of more of your needs? What need or needs do these lost behaviors or habits help you meet? Now is the time to restore those habits, routines and behaviors that are helpful, responsible and effective in meeting your needs.
Renew: Now is a perfect time to renew your commitment to improving and maintaining your Mental Health & Happiness. Spend conscious time, energy and intention every day responsibly and effectively following your instructions and meeting your needs.
WISHING YOU MENTAL HEALTH & HAPPINESS
HAPPY NEW YEAR