Here’s an image for all you visual learners out there on what self care can look like. This is based on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.
On the bottom tier, and moving upwards, we see a few ways we can maintain our physiological needs. This foundation is especially important because without our physiological needs being met, we will certainly struggle with moving up the self care ladder. Think about it. If you don’t know where your next meal is coming from, how will you have the capacity to reflect and enjoy the finer things in life.
The tier above is also connecting to the bottom tier in that it ensures physical safety and security. Again, without this established, it will be extremely difficult to move up the ladder. This and the previous tier is also known as basic needs.
Moving up the ladder, we find where belongingness and love exists. In this tier, we can learn and implement skills that help us improve our relationships with our friends/families, friends, and acquaintances.
Next on the ladder is esteem-related. This just means activities we can engage in that help us feel accomplished or competent.
The highest tier, is the extra stuff that we can live without but can help enhance our wellness.