Fear itself is not necessarily a bad thing. The Fight or Flight response is what kept early man safe, and it can do the same for you in a survival situation….
IF YOU LEARN HOW TO CONTROL IT.
Learning how to control your anxiety is an extremely important aspect of being prepared. Remember, even the strongest of man cannot run from fear, but learning how to use it can greatly increase your chances of survival.
So what can you do to control anxiety?
- Face Your Fears – The worst thing you can do is to pretend that you have no fears. By ignoring them now, you run the risk of letting them control you during a stressful situation. If you allow fear and anxiety to get the best of you, it hampers your ability to make good judgments and sound decisions. This is why you need to learn techniques to help manage your fears and calm yourself in any situation.
- Train – People who are prepared and know what to expect during an emergency situation are less likely to succumb to fear. Most survival situations can be can be overcome by practicing the basics of survival. The more you train, the better you will be able to respond both physically and mentally to a stressful SHTF situation.
- Study – In a survival situation, how much you know will probably determine how you respond to the given situation. Knowledge is the key to survival, it’s also the key to mastering your anxieties and fears.
- Practice Relaxation Techniques – Learning how to relax in a stressful situation is extremely important and is a critical factor in determining the outcome of your situation. Deep breathing techniques, Yoga, and other relaxation techniques are valuable skills that you should try to learn.
- Faith – Many survivalists, POW’s and military have attributed their survival to faith. Faith can get you through some of the toughest situations that life can throw at you. A number of people carry Waterproof Bibles in their survival kits, bug out bags, or hiking backpacks. In a moment of crisis it can be just the thing you need to calm your mind and give you hope.