Prepping without Fear or Anxiety
Calm the Storm with Preparedness
The prepper life isn't always easy. While everyone else is living life with reckless abandon, you don't live with that luxury. You are busy trying to remember all the ways to tie a rope, your evacuation plan, or save water in the case that some disaster is bound to happen.
We know preparing for a bad situation can make you more scared of the situation becoming a reality, instead of reassuring you. Luckily, our goal here is to live the Prepper Life without letting fear and anxiety run you.
The prepping life is all about balance. The balance of being prepared and protecting your family, without letting it take hold of your mental health and the way you live your life. Being well prepared should help stave off the anxiety and fear, not increase it. Knowing how to maintain that balance is key.
Fight, Flight, or Freeze
Over the years, the human body has developed a natural response to danger. This is known as the fight, flight or freeze response. Depending on the individual and the situation, their body will choose one of these three responses when faced with a life-threatening situation, such as an aggressive dog, incoming vehicle, or inbound tornado.
These responses are human instinct and are caused by hormonal and physiological effects on the body, thereby allowing you to react to the situation at hand. The fight or flight response is quite understandable in regard to helping you protect yourself against trouble. Meaning your body chooses to either face the trouble head-on or flee from the situation.
Then there is the freeze element. People are often confused about the freeze aspect in the fight, flight, or freeze response.
Freezing on the spot does not sound like a very productive way of defending oneself now does it? Surprisingly enough, it is. The freeze response is considered ‘fight or flight’ on-hold, allowing the affected to work through the scenario, coming up with the best decision to survive the situation. It is like in a chess game where you pause to predict your opponent’s next move, better helping you to make the right decision and get the upper hand.
Safe to say that fight or flight is an active response to danger, while freezing is a more passive response. However, whichever way you look at it, all three of them are the human’s natural way of dealing with an immediate fear evoking situation.
Fighting Fear & Managing the Anxiety
As humans, fear is a natural response. The ability to perceive a dangerous situation and your reaction to it is part of the quirks of being human, even if you are already prepared for dangerous situations as a prepper.
This natural feeling of fear may trigger your anxiety as you worry about all the ways it can go wrong. Nevertheless, being a prepper that is already prepared for various life-threatening situations should further ensure you of all the ways it can go right and curb your fear.
Instead of overly planning or spending precious moments freaking out over a situation because of fear, you should find ways to deal with the fear, that work for you, so you can calmly plan without using fear as a motivator.
Fight the fear using some of these coping mechanisms:
- Breathing Exercises
- Work Out
- Spend Time with the Family
- Take a Break from the Prepper Life
Imagining the worst-case scenario, while seemingly contradictory, can also help you see things from a broader perspective.
- Look at the evidence of how far you have come in prepping and find reassurance there.
- Go back to the basics if you need to; the drills, taking stock of the inventory, etc.
- Talk about it with either your family or other people who are preppers just like you.
Just thinking about all the scenarios that you are preparing for is enough for anyone to begin feeling the weight of anxiety, even if you are fully prepared and have crossed all your T’s. As nerve-wracking as the possibility of a disaster is, preparedness should set you at ease. Knowing if worst comes to worst, you are ready to protect your family from whatever comes your way.
Preparing ahead of any dangerous situations likely to happen is great. It gives you an advantage and drastically increases your chances of survival. That said, it should be noted that these are just likely scenarios. We prepare with the hope that we will never find ourselves in any of these situations. So, while preparing for these disasters, remember, they are just that – possible situations for which we want to be prepared for.
Being overwhelmed by fear and anxiety will get you nowhere fast. Use preparedness as a way to feel more confident and comfortable in the fact that you are prepared to survive and protect your family in these scenarios, rather than letting the fear and anxiety overwhelm you. The plan is to prepare without fear; to prepare without anxiety. More often than not, fear is the real enemy.