Storing foods, raising livestock and planting gardens and putting together the material items needed to survive is the easy part compared to what is required mentally. I am not sure I can give good tips on how to prepare mentally other than simply acknowledging and accepting the possibilities beforehand. If the world turned upside tomorrow, those who survived the initial event would be face with the guilt of surviving. When I truly think about what if some catastrophic event took place unexpectedly and unpredictably leaving many people dead yet I survived. That would have me questioning why me and its likely that things would be so horrific that it’d almost feel like a punishment to remain alive.
Survivor, survivor’s, or survivors guilt or syndrome is a mental condition that occurs when a person perceives themselves to have done wrong by surviving a traumatic event when others did not. It may be found among survivors of combat, natural disasters, epidemics, among the friends and family of those who have committed suicide, and in non-mortal situations such as among those whose colleagues are laid off. The experience and manifestation of survivor’s guilt will depend on an individual’s psychological profile. When the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders IV (DSM-IV) was published, survivor guilt was removed as a recognized specific diagnosis, and redefined as a significant symptom of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
How would you suggest to prepare your mind for being in a situation where you’ve lost everything including the people in your life that are important to you?
Seems as if a lot of people who are prepping for what they fear is coming are more concerned with being prepared than actually surviving. It would be foolish to make your preparations a personal security blanket as the preparations would only last for so long. I always felt like one day life in this world would change drastically and many people will suffer and it will be extremely hard times for many people but until recently I never had the desire to actually prepare for a future SHTF event. I prepare because I feel its foolish not to, but I don’t feel like I must prepare to survive. I feel like as long as I have life and play the cards that are dealt to the best of my abilities the show will go on until that chosen time. Not sure if its confidence, stupidity or bravery but whatever it is has been the key factor in accomplishing many obstacles in my life.
The more I observe and research various groups of people who are IMO very hardcore about prepping (not necessarily a bad thing) the more I see a big difference between theirs and my mindset. They’re totally reliant on their preparations and one even said to me “Preparedness = Survival” and I must disagree. Survival is in your heart and having a years worth of food isn’t going to give you the will to survive. Regardless of the extent of your preparations with a lack of will to survive you’re destined for failure. Maybe its just me and my never give up never surrender attitude towards life.