I can feel the hunger growing inside of me as I'm typing this, real hunger, for actual food. Don't forget to eat isn't some perverted tag line although I don't mind that it's being taken that way. It's been a literal reminder for myself to stop and have a meal. Being a food enthusiast and a reformed glutton it's remarkable to me that I even have to think about it but it has become necessary for me.
I've had moments, at work, when I can't always get up and go for food whenever I please and in some of those moments I'll be legitimately hungry. I won't always notice but my mood shifts significantly when I'm famished. I used to laugh at the snicker commercials that illustrated how we aren't ourselves when we're hungry until I realized the validity of the message.
I allow myself to analyze my moods, my frame of mind and the reasons for them in any given situation and I've come to realize that some things that are usually tolerable for me, when I'm hungry, the level of "I don't want to deal with this" increases.
Different levels of hunger obviously beget different levels of intolerance but it all boils down to the same fact, you are not yourself when you are hungry.
The same goes for sleep. When your equilibrium is off due to hunger and/or sleep deprivation, it is evident in your day to day endeavors. It seems like something simple enough but the effects are real.
Try it: Monitor yourself for a few days to a week. Log your meal/ sleep intake and analyze how differently you think and feel before and after eating.
Once you know how you react to these conditions you can know how frequently you need to eat and sleep in order to be at your least and most functional state.
self aware is always best. ...and don't forget to eat.
Kimolee Eryn is an artist and writer who believes in creating for a purpose beyond the purpose of creating. She believes that a life should be lived not just to sustain itself but to cultivate peace, love and growth in all adjacent beings and hopes to exemplify that in all she does.