The second level of the hierarchy addresses safety needs which are considered the first of the “deficiency needs.” While there are no physical signs of distress when these needs are not met, the individual experiences feelings of anxiousness and stress. Satisfying the safety needs provides the individual with structure, order, stability, and security, which leads to decreased stress levels. Focus on safety needs, since the majority of people already have their physiological needs satisfied to some degree.
Personal Security helps bring order and comfort to our lives. It is the way of clearly defining our limits to ensure we don’t step out of bounds and risk injury. Satisfying an individual’s personal security needs brings stability with the freedom from threats. On a societal level, human beings have established advanced systems of law and justice to address our security needs.
The Health of the human body is vital for a lifetime of success. It is important to meet this need early in life to allow for a clear perspective when addressing other needs. As an individual’s health improves, the mind and body work together to find a more efficient lifestyle. Along with improved overall efficiency, each individual physiological function benefits as the demand for each physical need lessens. For instance, when completing the same task, healthy muscles require less oxygen when compared to those that are not as healthy. As a result, healthier people notice that it takes less effort to accomplish physical demands. Benefits of improved health include increased critical thinking, improved creativity and decreased stress levels. Please read more about the efforts made by Health.com to help promote Health.
Shelter provides people with a safe living area, protected from the extreme elements of the environment. Satisfying the need for shelter allows individuals to meet their unique sleep needs. Shelter provides a controlled environment where the added protection creates a barrier for any fear or anxiety of the outside world. As families struggle to make ends meet in our current economy, the need for shelter is a serious issue for many Americans. Living paycheck to paycheck has become an unhealthy norm for many households with mortgage and rent remaining such a significant bill to pay. After Health.com addresses the need for health, we will initiate a program to help people meet their shelter needs.
Satisfying the Financial Security need is currently one of the greatest challenges throughout the country. Steady employment helps curb the effects of financial stress, but it has a minimal impact when people are unable to put money aside to save. Not only are a record number of Americans in debt, but the nation as a whole is in debt. Let’s encourage our country to pay back the deficit by taking responsibility at an individual level as well. People should start by analyzing their expenses and learning to maintain a balance with their finances. Address this need in more detail as the program develops.