Being prepared for a crisis is a lot of hard work.
But preparing for a crisis and living through one are two completely different things.
Here’s how to determine whether or not you will survive an emergency.
It’s incredibly important to take survival very seriously.
Many people do this by stocking up on supplies and outfitting their homes, bug out locations, and vehicles with all kinds of items.
This is a key component to survival.
But even more important than that is having the requisite skills necessary for survival.
Stockpiling supplies is good, but developing long-lasting skills is even more vital.
Skills will always outlast supplies, especially when you’re in a prolonged disaster, or you’re caught in a situation where you don’t have access to your supplies.
However, an overlooked aspect of survival is personal mentality.
Some people are good in a theoretical crisis.
But when SHTF, they’re not equipped to handle it and they freeze up.
It’s important to know whether you’re the type of person who handles pressure and chaotic situations well.
Some people thrive in these environments and actually remain calm.
Some people even get calmer when there’s chaos around them.
If you’re more anxious and need things to be organized, there are ways to deal with that.
First, one important thing to do is practice survival scenarios.
Prepping for the real thing by spending days, weekends, or longer without a full complement of supplies and creature comforts will get you ready for when SHTF.
Over time, you’ll be able to build up your survival skills.
The more prepared you are, the less anxious you’ll be when there’s an actual threat.
Another critical thing for people to do is be vigilant about self-care.
Neglecting mental and physical health will lead to bad outcomes, and they often feed into one another.
For example, when you’re stressed out, you’re more likely to get sick, or lose focus and injure yourself in unexpected ways.
If your physical health is deteriorating, your mental health will follow, and concentration will be affected.
It’s difficult to focus on survival with these issues hanging over your head.
That’s why being vigilant about your health is so important.
It may be beneficial to find like-minded preppers to share resources with, if for no other reason than to talk to someone who understands what you’re going through.
Being a lone wolf is incredibly difficult.
Even if you’re able to make it work, your mental health will almost assuredly suffer.
Humans are social beings.
Even the most individualistic people don’t do well in prolonged isolation.
Coming face-to-face with these psychological challenges is essential in preparing yourself to handle a crisis.
It’s better to face the problem now than wait until everything is collapsing around you.