I have seen quite a few people either burn out or give up if they are a prepper. I understand as it can get tough to keep your spirits up and stay motivated in the face of so much doom and gloom. You might not have many friends or family that supports what you are doing or even ridicule you, which can make it doubly tough to keep on going. I think many of us have gone through those stages at least I can say I have dealt with it and I have done a few things that seem to have helped me get through those times.
- Take a vacation from prepping and the news for a week or two. If you have more than 6 months worth don’t go shopping for prep items for a week or two and live on your preps for awhile. You are getting a little payback/reward for all that prepping you have done and you can see it as sort of test but the main thing you are doing is recharging yourself mentally and spiritually.
- Get out of dither mode: I did this a lot, as I had a hard time figuring out what to do next so I would of blast off in all directions and not have a goal I wanted to achieve so I wasted time, energy and a little bit of money. One thing that helped keep me focus is I would put myself in disasters in the news and how I would handle it. It might be a power outage, no tap water, a storm or a riot and I would start walking through the steps mentally and even do a test of that situation. The test can be a simply or as complex as you want to make it such as, if you are running a generator are your power cords in good shape and working? Have you tested the cords recently and know they work?
- Start working next year’s goals and write them down. Then write down the steps of the plan to make it happen. It doesn’t have to directly related to prepping but I bet in some way it will end up being a skill or product that will be of value if only to you. Don’t be afraid of failing as that is often when I learn the most about doing something. Also LIFE will come along and screw up all your plans sometimes and you will have to adapt. I believe the ability to adapt and not panic will be one of the most useful skills you will learn if the SHTF. So don’t look at as a failure, think of it as redefining your objectives!
- Try to stay positive and moving forward towards a goal. This is probably one of the hardest for most people as it is very easy to become pessimistic. I tend to be more of a natural optimist and it takes a lot of work sometimes to keep that sort of outlook when everything seems to be falling apart. Remember the only thing you can control is yourself and your actions! I think that was the hardest lesson for me to learn as I have a tendency to want to fix things and there are just some things I can’t fix. So rather than “bang my head against a wall” I just stopped playing the game.
But Jamie the world is falling apart and I can’t possibly stop watching the news or prepping or whatever for a week or two. Well guess what the world is always falling apart in some way and how much news do you think you are going to get if things get really bad? I’m sure if the “Zombie Apocalypse” starts you will pick up on it happening simply by watching those around you. You can always cut your “news vacation” short if you need too. You don’t be completely stressed out before things go sideways.