Hierarchy of Needs

✨ Where are you right now in the hierarchy of needs? ✨

My clients tell me a lot of the time that they “know what to do” …they “just have to do it!”

What this means to me is that they are ignoring a need that isn’t being met (that may not have anything to do with food or exercise).

For example, a client once told me that she finally realized the reason she wasn’t taking care of herself was because:

1️⃣ she was taking all of these extra shifts at work
2️⃣ so that she could pay for the expensive bags 💼 she liked to buy
3️⃣ which prevented her from going for daily walks because she got out of work after dark/didn’t have any energy by the end of the long work day
4️⃣ which also led her to eat out a lot because she didn’t have day time to go food shopping and prepare healthier meals
5️⃣ and after talking to me for several months and a therapist, she realized her issue was her 💰 spending habits and this was a totally 💯 solvable problem 🥂
6️⃣ and she paid off her last loan, decreased her shifts at work, started walking regularly (30-60 minutes/day) and making her own meals and lost 20 pounds in a matter of weeks! *Most importantly she’s SO MUCH HAPPIER 😍*

The hierarchy of needs is used to study how humans intrinsically partake in behavioral motivation.

Maslow used the terms:
#physiological
#safety
#belonging and #love
#social needs or #esteem
#self-actualization
and #transcendence
to describe the pattern through which human needs and motivations generally move.

In order for motivation to arise at the next stage, each prior stage must be satisfied by an individual. The hierarchy has been used to explain how effort and motivation are correlated in the context of human behavior.

Each of these individual levels contains a certain amount of internal sensation that must be #met in order for an individual to complete their hierarchy. The goal in #Maslow #hierarchy is to attain the level or stage of self-actualization. To see post on instagram, click here!

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Nicole earned her bachelor's degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Simmons College while working as a Personal Trainer at Boston Sports Clubs and Gold's Gym. While at Simmons College, she competed in crew, ice hockey and cheerleading. She went on to earn her master's degree in Applied Nutrition with a concentration in Fitness from Northeastern University. Between undergraduate school and graduate school, Nicole completed one year of service under the auspices of AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas as a Wellness Coordinator at a K-12 public charter school. Nicole completed her Dietetic Internship through Wellness Workdays to gain experience in Clinical Dietetics, Community Nutrition, Long Term Care Nutrition, Food Service Management, Corporate Wellness, Private Nutrition Counseling, and Sports Dietetics. Nicole worked as a Research Assistant at Tufts University for a Preliminary Investigation of Civic Engagement as a Novel Approach to Behavior Change and Body Weight Improvement in African American Females: The Change Club Study. Nicole recently launched the clinical and fitness nutrition programs for the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital's Home Base Program. For the past few years, Nicole has increased wellness programs at the John Nagle Co. in Boston's Seaport District, bringing in fitness instructors, yoga instructors, the American Heart Association, healthy restaurant options, and health screenings to a diverse population of fisheries workers. More recently, Nicole worked on the Framingham State Food Study with Boston Children's Hospital and is currently working on the Breast Cancer Weight Loss Study with Dana Farber. Nicole continues to help deployed service members and their spouses and partners find and create new avenues for healthy lifestyles before, during, and after deployment. Nicole has experience counseling veterans, professional, adult and college athletes, and individuals and families looking to make changes in their routines to better their health. Nicole lives an active lifestyle and this year completed the Boston Marathon injury and cramp-free. Nicole enjoys educating individuals and groups. Some of the topics she teaches include: Choosing Foods to Improve Your Mood, Eating for Exercise, How to Navigate the Grocery Store, Eat This not That, Building a Balanced Meal, How to Lose Weight and Keep it Off, and Finding Health Sources You Can Trust.

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