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Are you physically and mentally prepared?
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I was at my range a few weeks ago and while there had performed a couple of small tactical drills. After just a couple of minutes I had found myself breathing hard and the muscles in my legs got tired.

This past week I had a coworker lose his father. Also, my girlfriend just lost her best friend this week in a head-on collision. I had gotten to see just how fragile humans can be when they lose a loved one.

So based on observing just these two situations, I'm curious how prepared we really are for a SHTF situation that involves a major loss of life, at least around us.

At the Bucks County SHTF meeting we had a couple of months ago, somebody had touched on how many people would not have the strength to survive a bad situation. I think that applies to both physically and emotionally as well. I'm just wondering how many of us preppers had or are preparing, if at all possible, for both the physical and mental areas of prepping.

This is just my thought for today.
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#2
Almost no one is mentally prepared.
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Valorius;15874 Wrote:Almost no one is mentally prepared.

I'm wondering if it can be done, or if we just gotta deal with it when/if it happens and cross our fingers. Based on how many soldiers come home with PTSD, there may be no way to prepare.
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I can most certainly say that I am not. But I'm doing my best to get there.
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JasonK007;15876 Wrote:
Valorius;15874 Wrote:Almost no one is mentally prepared.

I'm wondering if it can be done, or if we just gotta deal with it when/if it happens and cross our fingers. Based on how many soldiers come home with PTSD, there may be no way to prepare.

I don't really think there is any way to truly comprehend what life in any kind of a post apocalyptic world would be like without experiencing it.

Even if society was maintained at a dictatorial/monarchy/martial/warlord governed industrial revolution city state type of a level (which honestly, should be possible IMO), truly huge numbers of people would totally lose it.

Even beyond the initial deaths, and the massive die offs from infection and disease and famine, you would also have a truly mind boggling number of suicides IMO.

Look at how high the suicide rate has been in the US military as a result of the wars. And being a soldier in a modern war, while stressful, is nothing like being a "Day after" type survivor. Look at the stats from WWI and Shell shock, and the lasting effects, and the sheer numbers of victims.

On top of it, survival is very, very ugly business.
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Valorius;15874 Wrote:Almost no one is mentally prepared.

Between Corrections, LEO, Martial Arts, and the Marines. All of these have stressed that the best thing you can do mentally is to literally go over senerios in your head.

An example they gave us in Corrections was something like this.

Your walking along checking cells when a inmate reaches out and grabs you thru the bars. What do you do?

I know it isn't much, but you would be amazed at the responses he got. Scream, yell for help, jerk my hand up and down....

Instead, literally think it out. An example would be something like this.

Stepping back with one foot, I would strike downwards onto the inmates arm, while pulling my hand downwards toward his thumb to help me break free. Then I would step back away to get myself out of his reach.

Now it isn't much. But thinking out the entire senerio in your head will help.

Martial Arts teach you to do this too. Kata's were prearranged fights, that had you doing certain moves in response your your enemy doing something. You were to imagine your opponent doing each attack, and then doing the appropriate response.

As a prepper, you can go over various situations in your head now. And then break them down in detail. Doing this over and over again, will help to teach your brain to react accordingly, and that in response will translate into a action, instead of just standing there. You have at least thought about doing something, so you're more likely to actually do something other than be totally surprised.

Doing the same thing while shooting will help you mentally. Imagine an attack, how will you use your firearm, how will you use available cover, how will you shoot on the move. Imagine multiple targets. Moving and firing, what would you do?

We can only do so much realistically to prepare mentally, but something like this, is better than nothing.
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There are many factors at work here when it comes to mental preparedness to 'survival'; a person's ability to depersonalize, their previous traumatic experiences, their response to stress levels, their genetic traits, their coping mechanisms... all the various mental health terminology.

I believe the best way to be prepared mentally is to have a close network of many friends where you feel safe and accepted and can be open about your feelings, so you can allow other people to help carry the burden. Practice talking, practice honesty, be active and care for other people. Caring for others is almost always a good thing for both involved!

In a survival SHTF/war situation I'm sure that a close knit and active community would be the best way to survive.

So work out and make friends would be my mental/physical prep plan lol. Best thing to bring to a gunfight is another friend with a gun right? Wink
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Valorius;15881 Wrote:
JasonK007;15876 Wrote:I'm wondering if it can be done, or if we just gotta deal with it when/if it happens and cross our fingers. Based on how many soldiers come home with PTSD, there may be no way to prepare.

I don't really think there is any way to truly comprehend what life in any kind of a post apocalyptic world would be like without experiencing it.

Even if society was maintained at a dictatorial/monarchy/martial/warlord governed industrial revolution city state type of a level (which honestly, should be possible IMO), truly huge numbers of people would totally lose it.

Even beyond the initial deaths, and the massive die offs from infection and disease and famine, you would also have a truly mind boggling number of suicides IMO.

Look at how high the suicide rate has been in the US military as a result of the wars. And being a soldier in a modern war, while stressful, is nothing like being a "Day after" type survivor. Look at the stats from WWI and Shell shock, and the lasting effects, and the sheer numbers of victims.

On top of it, survival is very, very ugly business.
This sounds like the truth of the situation. I wouldnt survive very long without my meds. without them I would eventually go blind and I would be done for. That scares me for my family.
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#9
I am not fit physically. I am almost 150lbs too heavy. I am strong but have minimal stamina. I am emotionally fit and I have been accused of wanting the s to htf. I have dealt with extreme loss and have overcome it. I am prepared to do what it takes to protect my family and friends. No , I don't mean raiding that would be a detriment to any group survival mentality. I am a capable leader and make people feel safe and secure when I have to take that lead.

I think this is a very good thread and it gives us all a lot to think about. I will also add that having a broad base of knowledge is also a good step in the right direction.
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Valorius;15874 Wrote:Almost no one is mentally prepared.

This may rise to my typical nonsense reply.. I was about to respond that I fear my hip pain would prevent me from the physical part but that I'm always shocked at the emotional control I have. When the shit hits the fan I suddenly no longer pay any attention to my emotions at the time. Though I've had time when the shit hits the fan and sure enough the hip pain must be fought through. When the SHTF I put my emotions aside without conscious choice. I don't know how this is exactly. When my grandfather had his heart attack my heart rate dropped to 60 bpm and I moved quicker than i though possible (before the hip issue), I thought logically and completely conned my grandmother outside to wait for the ambulance telling he to take he time walking down the steps because it would be a few minutes and it was imporatant that she didn't fall and then for 9 minutes I pumped on his chest, during which I broke his rib. It was an obvious sound and I thought he might not like i but if he lives he won't care. I was happy to see that that type of wit is with me even when I'm serious. Don't get me wrong I was emotional after I knew that my efforts didn't revive him but only after clarity was of no further need to the situation. I'll admit I'm the type of guy that might say possibly drop a tear while watching "i am sam" but when the shit hits the fan the self talk of an emotional nature doesn't stand a chance and I don't know why it is but I'm glad my mind works that way.

If you're not fighting for your life and things are quite and you cry your eyes out because your mother died, not a problem. If your mother dies while fighting for the family a few people would see it, know it, and still do what needs to be done before balling up in a corner. The balling up is not a problem, it is what being human is all about anyway. The NOT balling up when shit needs to be done, that's the cool part of being a man.

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das;16128 Wrote:
Valorius;15881 Wrote:I don't really think there is any way to truly comprehend what life in any kind of a post apocalyptic world would be like without experiencing it.

Even if society was maintained at a dictatorial/monarchy/martial/warlord governed industrial revolution city state type of a level (which honestly, should be possible IMO), truly huge numbers of people would totally lose it.

Even beyond the initial deaths, and the massive die offs from infection and disease and famine, you would also have a truly mind boggling number of suicides IMO.

Look at how high the suicide rate has been in the US military as a result of the wars. And being a soldier in a modern war, while stressful, is nothing like being a "Day after" type survivor. Look at the stats from WWI and Shell shock, and the lasting effects, and the sheer numbers of victims.

On top of it, survival is very, very ugly business.
This sounds like the truth of the situation. I wouldnt survive very long without my meds. without them I would eventually go blind and I would be done for. That scares me for my family.
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