Let’s be honest here. We all experience stress – and many of us experience it WAY more often than we’d like. Between drugs, alcohol, food, and other coping mechanisms, we aren’t exactly a nation that deals with stress well.
Unfortunately, these unhealthy habits translate into a survival situation too. So, if you can’t cope with stress effectively or healthily in everyday life, you certainly won’t be able to when SHTF.
So what’s the big deal about stress? Is it really that big of a deal? And, if so, how can we cope with it in an effective way so that we can be healthy, productive, and forward-moving, even in the midst of chaos?
You’re about to find out.
Cope With Stress & Manage Crisis Better With These Tips
The Toll Stress Takes On The Mind and Body
So, turns out stress is a big deal. And it doesn’t just have an impact on your emotional state – it also deeply affects your mental and physical states as well. Check out the video below to learn more.
How To Cope: Things To Stock In Your Bug Out Bag
One of the best (and healthiest) ways to cope with stress – especially in an SHTF situation – is to look at items that bring you comfort. These can bring up memories that make you happy, or can remind you of a higher power. They can also provide you distraction from the world at a time you need it most.
A Bible, cross, or other religious texts/symbols.
Old family photo albums, heirlooms, pictures of your kids/significant other/favorite pets
Sentimental keepsakes, such as a childhood stuffed animal or a favorite baseball glove
A good book, particularly one you can get lost in that will take you away from the chaos around you
A rechargeable music player with your favorite songs loaded on it
Daily Habits: Exercise
Exercise is one of the best ways to help your body cope with stress. Not only does this lower stress levels, but exercise also fights depression and reduces anxiety. Exercise also raises your level of endorphins, which act as natural anti-depressants.
Plus, the best news is you don’t need to have an expensive gym membership or have any fancy equipment to get a good workout in. In fact, the following videos show exercises you can do with no equipment at all – even if you’re in close quarters. Take a look:
Set Up A Routine
Humans love routines. That’s because routines give us a sense of control and order over our lives. They help us organize our thoughts, and complete next-steps so that we make progress, get things done, and move forward.
However, an SHTF situation can really throw us out of whack. It can be easy to get caught up in the chaos and throw all order out the window.
When the stress gets to be too much, put a routine in place and stick to it every day. For example, you could make a point to wake up, make your bed, and then go for a walk. That way, you’ve already accomplished something, and the walk will give you exercise and help you gain some perspective.