Survival Websites Have Lied To You – Top 7 Things That Make Or Break A Survivalist

By on January 18, 2014
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Is there an effective way for you to reduce your vulnerability in every situation as a survivalist?

First, we’ll start by talking about the importance of risk assessment and some of the more basic ideas which you’ll have to use to develop your ability in terms of categorizing survival situations.

If you’re looking to become more aware and grounded as you’re stuck in the midst of a crisis, this article will be of use. Though most books out there will emphasize the importance of essentials like water, food and shelter, I am a firm believer that there are more important things involved.

1. Your Health

This is probably the most important factor which you’ll have to pay the most attention to. Things like your everyday diet (which affects the way you’re thinking), your exercise, your overall physical and psychological state are all important factors for survivalism.

This part of your life is the type which you’ll always have to be working on. You don’t just do it for a while and stop, like for instance prepping up with supplies. Think about what you’re eating and try to eat as organic and healthy foods as you can. The minute you cut down on things like fast food, sugar and sweets, you’ll notice that brain fog is starting to clear even in the most frightening of situations. The last thing you want is to be overweight in a survival situation.

Long term survival situations can lead to fatality if you get something like diabetes and your insulin is out of reach. Make sure to take great care of your teeth and use a good paste. These are the aspects which might come off as boring in terms of survival momentarily, but a damaged tooth in survival situations where you don’t have a dentist around might lead to all sorts of lethal infections. If you have any problems with your teeth currently, then go out and fix them. Make exercise an everyday thing because it will pay off and make you feel more alive and present to the moment.

Another thing to pay attention to is your psychological state. This is also a part of your health and the part in which you’ll have to address stress management. If your overall stress levels are through the roof, this might lead to something severe like a stroke quickly. Modern life carries stress by itself, and you’ll need to find an outlet to stay grounded in your reality and be able to cope with any situation out there.

Some things which might help you get rid of stress eventually and be able to relax include your favorite hobbies, and generally being in a high state of consciousness. This can include fishing, going out camping/hiking, meditation, reading, music, walking in the local park, etc. It has to be reflective of your personality which is why the same things will not work universally. You shouldn’t skip this part as well.

2. Attain The Appropriate Skills/Knowledge

Albert Einstein said that education is what remains after you’ve forgotten what you learned in school. It is something that becomes a part of you and shapes you, and even if you have all the equipment out there, not knowing how to use it can prove fatal.

One of the most important skills to posses to know what to make of basic medicine and first aid CPR. Some of these skills will require you to stay updated as things change.

You should know how to make fire anywhere, how to collect and purify your water so that you can drink it, and how to make shelter. All you have to do is write down those skills you feel would be necessary and applicable to your situation, and then get them. The information is right here.

3. Adequate Survival Equipment

Your skills will not be enough if you don’t have access to the appropriate equipment which will help you make it out alive from any crisis situation out there. Your ability to improvise will be enhanced drastically with the right quality gear.

4. The People Surrounding You

It is important that you establish a network of reliable friends for your own well being. Although you might be able to make it on your own if you have the proper knowledge, gear and of course health – your vulnerability is drastically reduced if you have reliable people that are able to help you in need.

It’s not all about friends, family or your partners, but people from work and any contacts you’ve made as well.

5. Geography, Scenery and Orientation

Other factors which weight in on your chance of survival include your geographical setting, as some parts of the world tend to be less stable than others.

If you’re located in an area where natural disasters are a common occurrence, you’ll be able to reduce your vulnerability to them by living in a place which offers you lots of protection options. For instance, if you’re living in an area where floods are a common thing, simply live somewhere high enough so that your house is not affected.

Certain areas will give you protection against natural forces like wind, thus proving useful if storms happen often. In addition, the actual building structure plays a crucial role as stone structures are much more endurable and less fragile. Even though the coast lines are the prettiest and most appealing to live on, there are two sides to each coin and those tend to get hit the hardest with extreme weather.

6. Personal Finances

You shouldn’t let your overall economical situation out of the picture. There aren’t a whole lot of people out there that are able to purchase everything they’re in need of and still be able to have money left over.

It’s recommended that you try and save up as much money as you can. You’ll be able to decide what this means for you and you can do something simple like setting aside a percentage of your monthly income for emergency situations. This will also reflect on your health, as it gives you the opportunity to relax and not feel stressed out over it.

It is wise to invest in things that have been proven stable for thousands of years such as gold/silver, but also to keep records of where your money is going. After only a few months you’ll be able to notice certain patterns that you weren’t even aware of. This should be a good enough indicator of what you need to do in order to save money.

Not having any money left and being unemployed is something you can face as a large percentage of the population is already in that boat. And if you do find yourself in a situation like that, you want to make sure you have the best possibility out there to get a better job.

The best cure is prevention though. Make sure you take your job seriously and do your best by working hard. You’ll want to make an impression upon your coworkers that you are a reliable person and learn different aspects that have to do with your job.

You can then take extra courses which have to do with it, or find another job in addition to the one you already have. More work should be welcome, and even if you encounter people which you’re not fond of at work, try to understand them first.

7. Everyday Life Is Risk In Itself

This is something most people are totally oblivious of (for good reason because you don’t want to be paranoid), but you’ll have to be aware of it. Some of the worst killers in society are things like traffic accidents which could be avoided by simple things.

With all that technology surrounding us, it is difficult to not wonder off with our minds. You should try to avoid texting as you’re driving or turn down the music so you know what’s going on around you. Those terrorist attacks we keep hearing about are nothing in comparison to things surrounding us on a daily basis. So take to necessary precautions to prevent them.

Another major issue which anyone can experience is a house fire. Your home needs to be as safe as it can be, so get a fire alarm set in place and make sure there is an exit strategy for you and your family. This is similar to military training in the sense that practice makes perfect. If you have the time to, try and learn how to use something as basic as a fire extinguisher and how to put out a fire from a burning person by using nothing more than a blanket. If you have other people relying on you like your family, make sure you teach them as well.

Finally, the last thing to remember is to not let paranoia take over your life entirely and simply remain conscious of risks that might occur and scenarios which could unfold. You already know what’s bad for you without mention, and if you combine bad habits like tobacco/alcohol with driving, the outcome will not be good. Things like alcohol tend to be an everyday part of life for most people, and as long as you’re using them on a reasonable level, you won’t get into dangerous situations. You’re a survivalist, and reading this article is proof enough of that. So act upon it.

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