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How Mental Preparedness is Important for Survival

The most important aspect of any survival situation is your mental state. You will have a better time overcoming whatever situation you are in as long as your mind is calm and clear. Let’s talk about why mental preparedness is important for survival.

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In fact, this is one of the first things that you’re taught in the US Army Survival Manual. This field manual can be bought in full on Amazon for about $13. It’s also available to download for free if you would rather print it yourself at home. Just visit The Survival Mom to download your free copy. The strategy for mental stability that you learn first in this book is S.U.R.V.I.V.A.L., which stands for Sizing up any situation that you’re in, Undue haste makes waste, Remembering where you are, Vanquishing fear and panic, Improvising when you need to, Value-based living, Acting like whatever natives do in the area, and Learning basic, necessary skills.

Doing all of these things will ensure you are both comfortable in difficult circumstances and mentally prepared. Mental preparedness is considered by other outlets as the most significant aspect between life and death.

War veterans and those who had to survive the harsh and dangerous conditions of the wilderness stand by the effectiveness of being mentally prepared. 

Mental preparedness helps you become efficient in a survival situation

When you feel confident and safe, you’ll be more prepared to get to find food, water, and build a shelter – or in a case of danger, protecting your life. However, if you spend your time freaking out and panicking, you’ll hardly get anything accomplished effectively while putting yourself in a more dangerous situation.

Preserving your energy 

You could find yourself pacing and wasting time and energy if you’re panicking. When you’re calm, you’re not going to waste a lot of energy and are going to think actively about protecting yourself and preserving your energy.

This helps conserve water, food, and essential resources that are crucial to your survival. When you don’t calm down and blast through it, you’ll find yourself running out of food and water before you know it, which could negatively impact you in self-defense scenarios.

Bracing yourself for psychological trauma

The most important thing you should mentally prepare for in self-defense is the reality that you very well may have to kill your attacker. If you keep a level head during a fight, you can probably get the upper hand on your opponent – especially if they’re inexperienced.

For me, the thought of having to sacrifice the life of another human being is horrible.  You should brace yourself for this kind of emotional trauma in the event that you do have to take drastic action that might result in the death of your attacker. Being mentally prepared is more important than being physically prepared.

Protecting yourself is one of the most fundamental human instincts, and in the dangerous world we live in today, it’s important to know how to be mentally prepared. 

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