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You need a reality check: Part 2

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This article is the second part of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. It is recommended for you to read the first article before proceeding. If you would like to read said article, please click here.

The second step of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is the security needs. Security needs are; steady employment, health care and financial security. The most important things to do during this step is to find an inner contentment and plan ahead.

Steady employment is one of the biggest stressors. Without a paycheck your livelihood is compromised. It’s also a burden if you work at place that you have little no interest in. This is where inner contentment and planning ahead come in. Find a career not just a job. The difference between a job and a career is passion. Figure out what you want to be in life and figure out the steps you need to achieve that life. If you need formal education such as a degree from a university then find a major that will help you maintain comfortable life and a university that specializes in your major. If you want to go to a trade school, then do so. To read more about this subject, please go to this article.

Depending on the country in which you live in and your health insurance, will depend on the type of health care you may receive. When it comes to health care, know your rights. If you have any type of injury, in labor or disease that requires professional help you are by law allowed to go to the hospital. They will treat you with or without insurance. It is also in your best interest to eat well, exercise and monitor your health status. A simple change in diet and cardio may reduce the chances of any illnesses.

When it comes to money, a lot of people feel insecure. It’s scary living paycheck to paycheck or deciding whether to pay a bill or eat. This is where you need a plan ahead. With each paycheck set money aside for a “rainy day”. A rainy day fund is a little extra money set aside in case of an emergency. When it comes to major bills such as tuition, rent, a car note or a mortgage you need to figure out your priorities. If you know a bill is due in ten days, it’s probably not the best idea to go out and spend that money.

Security is an important step in the hierarchy of needs. When consulting to these needs it’s best to remind yourself that sometimes life can throw you a curve ball but the best you can do is try your best.

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