How to Survive Mentally When SHTF

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It’s time to face reality. As human beings, we are incredibly frail and fragile, especially when it pertains to natural disasters and maliciously violent storms that can quickly flip our entire world upside down in just a matter of seconds. We’re living on a planet that seems to be experiencing more and more of this lately, and you just never know when your family could be directly affected. That’s why it’s so critical that you get yourself prepared and stocked up with the right supplies before SHTF. Here is how to survive mentally when SHTF.

Mental Health Issues After A Disaster

“Prepare Your Family For Survival”by Linda Loosli

How to Survive Mentally When SHTF

How to Survive Mentally When SHTF

But did you know that your survival depends more on your mental toughness than the actual prepping and precautions that you’ve taken ahead of time? During a crisis, your survival equates to about 90% mental, and only 10% physical. 

  • For some people, it’s not the catastrophic event that puts them six feet under, it has more to do with them not knowing how to cope mentally with their new and undesirable circumstances. 
  • That’s scary for some of us to think about, especially for those who have a hard time managing stress and anxiety.  
  • An experienced prepper might have everything that they need as far as supplies to survive a major apocalyptic event, but if they quickly cave into the stress and hopelessness of an unfortunate situation, those supplies they’ve gathered will only get them so far. 
  • Being able to keep a sound mind that’s able to use the right judgment in certain situations will also prove vital. Here’s how to survive mentally when SHTF.       

Staying Calm

Unfortunately, staying calm is easier said than done. When a major calamity strikes, it’s normal for people to freak out and act in irrational ways. To be fair, fear in itself is not necessarily a bad thing. 

It’s the built-in response in us that keeps us from making reckless decisions, but giving in to that fear may have severe negative consequences. Keeping your focus on that fear can immobilize you, and that’s a very bad thing when you need to perform certain tasks just to survive another day.  

So again, learning to stay calm will have a huge effect on where you are once a major devastating event has finally blown over. Find ways to keep your anxiety in check, which may look a little differently for everybody. That may require you to sit down and break down the situation, talk with someone about your fears, and manage what you can control. 

Keep an Adaptive Mindset 

Do you struggle with change? Most people do, and this is especially true as we grow older. But after SHTF, you may never get to go back to how things once were. It will be important that you have a mind that can adapt to these changes that are happening all around you. After all, you don’t have any way of controlling all your circumstances, but you can be adaptive and flexible to those changes.  

Don’t Give Into Isolation and Hopelessness

When all hope seems lost, it’s only a matter of time before some people decide to toss in the towel and lay down to die. Which is why hanging onto hope is so critical. But if you’re isolated from others and not able to communicate with other people, it’s hard for hopelessness not to set in.

  • We as individuals were created to have interaction and relationships with one another. Not having anyone to talk with can be a very lonely experience and something that was never intended. 
  • Do you remember the movie “CastAway” when Tom Hank’s character was stranded on an isolated island? He had nobody to talk to except a blood-smeared volleyball. In the movie “I Am Legend,” Will Smith’s character talked to not only his dog, but manikins strategically placed throughout the city, and also watched old televised news reports. 

As strange and awkward as it may have been to watch these scenes play out, those were healthy ways of dealing with isolation. You need to do whatever works for you so that you can cope without losing hope.      

Keep Active

People who workout have not only found that it helps to reduce stress, but it also makes them feel better about themselves. I’m not implying that you need to head to the gym first thing following a major disaster, but you do need to make sure that you keep active and spend less time sitting around moping. Along with staying active, getting fresh air by going outside can also have a positive effect on you mentally.  

Finding Purpose In Life 

For just a moment I want you to stop and think about your life. Think about your family, friends, beliefs, and even your deepest dreams. What motivates you to get out of bed each morning? Or let me put it this way, what’s your very purpose of being here? If you can’t answer that question for me now, you’re probably not going to have the will to survive when SHTF. 

If you think that your existence is just an accident and that there’s not any purpose or relevance for anything, you probably won’t have anything to fall back on to keep the hope alive in you. Finding purpose in your life now will give you the motivation to keep on living when things have turned bleak.   

Final Word

I know that some of you are skeptical and on the fence about prepping. Especially for some of you who have watched television shows of some pretty nutty people who have gone to some pretty unusual extremes to ensure their survival. I get it, some of them are very unusual. 

But instead of taking your chances and choosing to ignore the real possibility of a natural disaster from ever happening, it’s better to always be safe than sorry. I’m not necessarily implying a doomsday scenario as I stress this, but you must take the proper precautions for your family now before it’s already too late. 

I can’t stress this enough. Having a good head on your shoulders and being mentally tough will play a huge role in whether you’re able to keep fighting to stay alive. What are some other ways that you can stay mentally strong, even during scary and unprecedented situations?  

Please talk to family, friends, and neighbors, mental health is a problem right now. We must face it head-on and help those in need. May God bless this world, Linda

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28 thoughts on “How to Survive Mentally When SHTF

  • October 3, 2020 at 7:12 am
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    Your mentality is the foundation of it all. Without it all the other “things” and “training” and “fitness” are meaningless.
    Good article

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    • October 3, 2020 at 7:24 am
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      Hi Matt, you nailed it! Thank you for your kind words. Stay safe, my friend, Linda

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  • October 3, 2020 at 7:52 am
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    Far too many people have forgotten this. I keep thinking about Winston Churchill & WWII…..”Never, ever, ever give up!”

    Pray always & keep doing the next right thing.

    Equally important; understand that you cannot take care of someone else without first taking care of yourself.

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    • October 3, 2020 at 7:58 am
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      Hi BDN, oh my gosh, what a great statement to remind us all. We must take care of ourselves first in order to help others. Winston Churchill was so right!! “Never, ever, ever give up!” Great comment!! Stay safe, Linda

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  • October 3, 2020 at 8:25 am
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    Linda,

    You are offering the best advice possible. Don ‘t panic. Remain calm, focused and alert during any emergency. If time and circumstances allow, always stop and think before acting.

    My personal motto for decades has been Semper Persistence. That and staying calm have pulled my and my family though numerous disasters and personal tragedies.

    I sent your main URL to my webmaster and she said she’ll have it up on my author page/prepper website soon.

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    • October 3, 2020 at 8:33 am
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      Hi Ray, you are so nice, we will teach the world together, thank you! Life is so good if we are prepared before we need to be. Linda

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      • October 3, 2020 at 8:52 am
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        Few things in life can offer such peace of mind as being prepared for emergencies.

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        • October 3, 2020 at 9:22 am
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          Ray, I agree with you. My motto is “Hope for the best, Prepare for the worst.”

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  • October 3, 2020 at 9:20 am
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    I agree with all the statements. During this pandemic we didn’t sweat it. We weren’t worried, just cautious. Hubby stayed home and I did the errand running and going to the store, with mask, gloves, and hand sanitizer. I never leave home without them.

    This past week, I was very stressed, but from a situation my dear friend was in. Luckily we got her out of it. Well, she did, I just drove her to where she needed to go. The driving was stressful to me. I don’t drive well in big towns and that’s what I had to do. She is now safe with her son, miles and miles away, but better than she was. BTW, I live in a small town. One signal light and one blinking light.

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    • October 3, 2020 at 10:43 am
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      Hi Deborah, thank goodness she had you to get her through her situation. God will bless you! I totally understand the driving. The older I get, the less I want to drive. I hear you on driving in big towns, not fun. Yes, indeed, you live in a small town! That is truly a blessing, Linda

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      • October 3, 2020 at 5:40 pm
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        Jan is my best friend, next to my husband. She has been through so much. She was taken advantage of at her most vulnerable. Right after her husband died from a prolonged illness. The couple have cheated her out of so much. And tried to get more. He was her POA (Power of Attorney). He put his name on her property. Her 401K, and her Stocks. She has already taken his name off of most of it. She’s still working on some property. She’s 75 years old, and has none of her family left except for her son, a grandson and granddaughter. But these people talked her into so much. Grrr It makes me so angry.

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        • October 3, 2020 at 7:18 pm
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          HI Deborah, oh my goodness, that is terrible. A similar thing happened to my FIL. The attorney was his “stepson by a second marriage”. He was vulnerable as well. They sometimes trust those that they shouldn’t. It’s really sad. I sure hope she works through it before it’s all gone. I will pray for her, this is so sad. Linda

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          • October 4, 2020 at 6:16 am
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            She has changed everything. Her POA and everything. The couple has no authority to do anything.

          • October 4, 2020 at 7:14 am
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            Linda, she did all of this the day after she got here. It was too late the first day except to make an appointment with the lawyer. Which I did encourage her to do, but to take the couple off her POA. The rest of what I did was drive her to where she wanted to go.

          • October 4, 2020 at 7:21 am
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            Hi Deborah, I hope the couple doesn’t try to withdraw any funds. What a shame. Linda

  • October 4, 2020 at 7:34 am
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    Linda, she’s closed her checking account and taken them off of everything. If they do, it’s on them.

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  • October 4, 2020 at 5:26 pm
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    Kinda… I’m not seeing it… what is SHTF????

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    • October 4, 2020 at 6:48 pm
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      Hi Deb, its when the shit hits the fan. SHTF. It’s a prepper statement. Linda

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      • October 4, 2020 at 8:51 pm
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        Oh my gosh… hilarious!!!!!!!!

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        • October 5, 2020 at 7:51 am
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          Hi Deb, just so you know, every time I put that in a post (my husband proofs my writing) he ALWAYS asks me “are you sure you want to use that term?” SHTF. I tell him, Mark, it’s fine. LOL! Linda

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  • October 4, 2020 at 5:27 pm
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    Sorry… “Linda”

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