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Step 2: Safety Needs

Once you’ve established a system for taking care of step 1 (basics: food/water, sleep, shelter), it’s time to move on to step 2, safety.

Safety is a bit of a vague/complex term because of all the nuances involved in what one considers to be safe, but for me, safety is being in a situation where you can relax and not be hypervigilant.

Safety comes in multiple forms, emotional, psychological, physical, environmental, and more. And many of these overlap. Here are some ideas for steps you can take to address these issues.

Hopefully, you’ll never have to encounter unfortunate circumstances that require these measures. But here’s help if you need it.

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Environmental/Physical Safety

Environmental and physical safety are some of the most immediate things that need to be taken care of. If you don’t have this safety it’ll be hard to take care of your other safety needs. 

Personal Health


Safety within your own body is just as important as other forms of safety. Do your best to address physical, emotional, and mental health needs.


Financial Security


Knowing that you have financial security plays a big part in your sense of safety. 

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