"Using Abraham H. Maslow’s (1943) easily recognized and well-established theory of motivation, we can design our own individualized self-care plans. By pausing a few times each day in order to check in on how we’re doing, we can ask ourselves the following questions associated with each level of Maslow’s hierarchy in order to identify what we need in that very moment.
The Levels of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
- Physiological: Are my basic needs met?
- Safety: Do I feel safe?
- Belonging: Do I belong?
- Esteem: Do I feel confident?
- Self-Actualization: Am I living my best life?
- Transcendence: Do I feel inspired?
Strategies Aligned to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
- Physiological: Drink water, take a walk, get a good night’s sleep
- Safety: Stick to a schedule, listen to calming music
- Belonging: Put dates with your friends and family in your calendar, share meals without distractions
- Esteem: Utilize a growth mindset, talk to yourself like you’d talk to a loved one
- Self-Actualization: Choose work you love, challenge yourself with personal goals
- Transcendence: Practice gratitude, engage in altruistic acts