With each rotation of the earth is an opportunity to start fresh. It’s a new day! Even though we’re starting over there are many things we still have to repeat every single day. Not only must we do these basic activities to survive but also to thrive in our well-being.
For most of us, our day begins when we awake from sleep. What a wonderful experience to wake up and actually feel rested. I’ll be honest, this is something I’ve been trying to reliably reproduce for years and it still eludes me. Regardless of my challenges, we know humans function best with 7-9 hours of sleep per night.
Everyone needs sleep, everyday.
It is said, “Water is life.” Have you ever noticed how lush and vibrant the grass, flowers, bushes and trees are after a good, soaking rain? The same holds true for animals, including people. Still, the reality is most people are chronically dehydrated. I’ve been experimenting with daily hydration for more than 22 years and the formula is actually quite simple. In fact, I’ve found being fully hydrated is far more energizing than caffeine or sugar and far healthier too. My recommendation is 0.5 to 0.66 times your body weight (in lbs) in ounces of water per day. So, if you weigh 100 lbs then drink 66 ounces of water daily, not counting what you drink during exercise. Work your way up and see how you feel!
Everyone needs water, everyday.
Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine and let medicine be thy food.” Of course, not only is food medicine but it is also fuel. Our body and mind, all parts of us, need nourishment from carbohydrates, fats, and proteins.
Certainly, there are times when fasting can be advantageous but the cleaner our diet the less likely we’ll experience disease and the need to fast. For 200,000 years our ancestors were forced to adapt to a fasting lifestyle because food was not readily available but now that it is (in first world countries) we can fuel, nourish, and heal ourselves daily.
The evidence is growing in support of a plant-based diet where salt, oils, and sugar (i.e. S.O.S.) are limited. Personally, I’m not there yet but I’m getting closer and I am very conscious of everything I ingest. I challenge you to experiment for yourself and see how you feel. Case after case I hear of people with chronic physical health issues who stop all their medications and feel incredible after just 2-3 weeks following a 100% plant-based diet. It’s a pretty small investment for a much higher quality of life especially if you’re struggling with any kind of chronic illness, right?
Everyone needs food, everyday.
Shelter & Safety
In the outdoor adventurist community there’s a saying, “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad gear.” The rule of thumb has been, a human can survive 3 days without water, 3 weeks without food, but only 3 hours without shelter, in extreme weather.
Thankfully, most of us live in a structure that can withstand the elements of rain, wind, snow, and extreme temperatures. Not only are we protected from the weather but also from predators such as the saber-tooth tiger, swarming mosquitoes, or an attacking tribe or robber. I’m so thankful for my shelter whether it’s a house or a 1-person tarp.
Everyone needs shelter and safety, everyday.
Love & Connection
Did you know laughing together is one of the most basic ways humans and other mammals connect? Even babies only a few months old can laugh hysterically and it’s contagious! (Baby Video 1, Baby Video 2)
No matter how young or old a person is we need human connection, love, and a sense of belonging. It is literally part of our biology as only through emotional bonding is the hormone oxytocin released by our brain. Not only do we need each other for survival (e.g. hunting in packs is more efficient than hunting solo) but also in order to thrive.
When we feel truly connected and loved, when we feel like someone values and believes in us, we get a boost in confidence, creativity, and motivation.
Simply put, feeling loved and connected makes us happy. Happy people do more good things than bad. So, the happier we are, as a species, the more constructive and less destructive we’ll be to ourselves and each other.
It is said, “Hurt people, [will] hurt people.” Not only does this apply to physical pain but also emotional pain. Feeling love and connection nurtures our emotional health which, in turn, drives our behaviors. That’s why the opposite, feeling rejected, hurts so much and our hurtful behaviors show it.
Imagine if you felt genuinely loved and a sense of connection and belonging every single day. How would you feel? How would your day unfold? How would you act toward yourself and others?
Love and connection are as basic to our daily well-being as sleep, water, food, and shelter. While we may think we’re connecting our behaviors show otherwise. Try telling someone you love them, engage in a deeper, heartfelt conversation, or have a good laugh together and observe how amazing you feel and how you behave afterward.
Everyone needs love, everyday.
Connection can seem incredibly complicated for all manner of reasons. However, it can also be as simple as a hysterical giggle or feeling truly heard by someone who matters to you.
Our goal at Uchi is to provide a platform for connection; to make conversations easier. We want to help YOU connect with the people who matter most to YOU.
Humans have basic needs that must be addressed everyday in order to live our best and happiest lives. Imagine how wonderful your life can be if each of these basic elements is nurtured every single day.