How we can use Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs to Move Out of Survival Mode. ~ Annie Grace

Ever since the pandemic hit, most of us have been stuck in survival mode.

Maslow’s hierarchy of needs states that the needs on the lower level need to be fulfilled before we can pursue those higher up. From bottom-up, our needs are physiological, safety, love and belonging, esteem, and self-actualization.

For the past nine months, I’ve been constantly hovering between psychological and safety needs. Just trying to survive. Getting through each day has been enough without expending any extra energy on any needs beyond that.

I can’t do it anymore. I need more. Staying stuck in survival mode keeps me stuck. I remember being here before while stuck inside my own head from anxiety, depression, and alcohol use disorder—merely doing what I could to get through each day.

Our psychological and safety needs always have to be met first. During survival mode, we shouldn’t put added pressure on ourselves to attain more than that.

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