Physical and emotional needs must be attended to, and especially in trying times. If they are not, we become vulnerable to depression, anger, anxiety disorders, greed and addiction.
This is the premise behind the book Human Givens, which is a rich and inspiring body of psychological knowledge to help you improve the quality of your life.
In short, these emotional needs include:
- A secure and safe environment.
- The ability to give and receive attention.
- A sense of autonomy and control.
- Being part of a wider community.
- Friendship and intimacy.
- A sense of competence and achievement.
- Meaning and purpose.
Since these are the very things that are currently being demolished, it is very important to find creative ways to overcome these distressing conditions. There are always solutions to feel better. Move your body, phone somebody, watch something uplifting, learn a new skill, play board games, laugh, focus on the future because this too shall pass, change your mood with music, take control over stress eating, feed the birds, cook something from scratch, go for a walk in nature, etc.
Shocks have a way of driving us back to basics. Being loved or encouraging someone else, might be the only meaning and purpose we really need in life.