Keep your cool and survive disaster with mental preparedness

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Keep your cool and survive being mentally prepared for disaster

You will never face an environment like that of a battlefield, and when the shit hits the fan you better be mentally prepared to survive any disaster.  Whether your group is under heavy enemy fire or just trying to survive in a barren wasteland – lives are at risk.  Any survival situation will seriously test your will to live.

Post incident survival situations involving combat will subject you to intense physical, mental and spiritual stress.  Those unwilling to fight will not survive.  You must be mentally prepared to take a life to protect you and yours. We all hope for the best out of humanity.  When you take into account over 3 million crimes were committed during 2012 in the presence of a militarized police force – it might be time to start planning for the worse.

Should your scenario be nothing more than a constant search for civilization through a nuclear wasteland there will still be survivors.  You will be up against an invisible threat capable of killing you on a molecular level by breaking up the bonds between your atoms.  This post-apocalyptic wasteland won’t be full of boy scouts either.

Prepare your mind for combat

I can not stress this enough – when you do LFX (live fire exercise) – simulate stressful conditions as much as possible.  Make every drill count.  One of the most common threads throughout ‘tactical‘ training is the absence of stress!  If you have a veteran in your group he can explain to you the importance of stress during combat training.  Ever had a drill sergeant?  While their poetic phrases like… Hey dumbsh#t!  Why are you so f#cked – are your parents related!?’ may seem like needless belittling – it has its purpose..

Introducing stress into your exercises trains you to recognize your mind and body’s response by forcing you to overcome it to hit your marks.  For this reason mental preparedness should rank high on your to-do list.  If you don’t – you will experience; poor judgment, anxiety, negativity, and memory problems at a very bad time.

Simulate stress in combat

In our survival guides we focus on training with small groups while being connected to a larger network, hopefully you’ve linked up with link-minded friends to train with.  Make an agreement to ‘talk sh#t’ to one another.  Don’t be afraid to push each other. Demand more from each other.  If you have the means to do so – introduce smoke grenades, flash-bangs, OC canisters, and barbwire into your LFX.  Simulate battle as much as you can while maintaining safe conditions at all times.

If you can’t deal with the suggestions listed above you’re in for a world of hurt.  Please note, nothing will truly prepare you for war but this is a good start.

Survive disaster with mental preparedness

It’s been three weeks since TEOTWAWKI. You’re running low on food, water, and ammo – is your head in the game?  There are several ways to prepare your mind for disaster.  Know your limitations, identify your goals and develop a plan to achieve those goals (lower your heart rate quicker, hitting the target, etc).  You can’t allow negativity or pessimism to shake your teams confidence.  If you are the leader of your unit it is your responsibility to keep morale up.

As the leader of your group you should train yourself to identify stress in your team members.  Each member’s current psychological state and personal history should be taken into account. You can identify these signals by recognizing personality changes (was confident – now indecisive, was careful – now reckless), physical changes (nausea, lightheaded, chest pain), and emotional changes (eating less, isolated, sleeping less/too much).

Keep group morale up!

Talk to one another about each others’ goals and thoughts.  Take care of one another by pairing up your groups members.  Each one responsible for the other. Always work as a team and balance command with compassion.  Encourage faith but don’t allow faith (regardless of religion) to dictate your objective.

The chain of command must always be effectively enforced.  You don’t want too many chiefs and not enough Indians – that’s a quick way to get your group ate up.  If you’re the leader of your group you must accept every responsibility that comes with leadership, and use it wisely.  People are counting on you.

No matter the odds your group is facing, keep morale up!  High moral will keep panic outside the ranks and will build trust in one another.  Your group is much more likely to achieve their objective when properly motivated by their leader.  Never give up on hope.

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4 thoughts on “Keep your cool and survive disaster with mental preparedness

  1. Leaders are Born as much as made, In the face of what seems there is Know hope and the darkness has come, some leaders will fail, and out of despair a leader will be born just when you face what you fear most. I will say wile training I learned the most and the fastest wile I was scared can’t say I ever got angry not even when the drill SGT. kicked off my helmet. Then when everything was A joke and I feared nothing I was no longer stressed out then I learned nothing and lost all Military Bearing. Ya a shit bag so we can look back they say just don’t live there in that past. I can tell others that we can train all we want we can be as book smart as you wish But if at some point you don’t get your ass handed to you wile you train, and Some ass hole tells you that you or your team members has rights wile your training then you will lose lives when the shit hits the fan or your wife face is blown off right next to you. The days will come and you may face this, Try to remember the dead can bury them self, Jesus said It him self If there is time after a conflict to bury your dead and gone, your loved ones, it will because you survived it and kept your head in the game and did not let the rest of the team down. When you are playing war you kill all hopes and dreams of ever jerking your pud again or seeing tomorrow in training you will count on every one around you. But if anyone is told they are safe and have rights instead of feeling they are in hell then the game is up. If there was a school where some of the ones in the class was part of the ones being trained and got killed during training, and you could be pushed to the edge then it steal would not be like combat but if it does happen and hell is on your door step it has to feel like just another day at the office and it is now time to find that leader and every one in the group get him extra training even if the hole group pays for it you can call it PLDC Or A-NOC Or B-NOC training ……….Try find an ex soldier, Though you will not find though’s schools on this side of life there are live fire schools as well as schools in Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape (SERE) in and out of country he would need to be sent to so to give your group an edge as meany of ya need to put your cash together and go. It will help then they come home and train as though you live it and eat it then even your children will not lose there life when the lights go out.

  2. Hello Gentlemen,

    Have you considered publishing one of your well crafted primers on the subject of “Metronomic Heartbeat” and how the average Joe/Joanne can develop it?

    If we the People are to face well-trained and well-armed traitors, we have to control all we have the power to control. The State has granted themselves awesome military power [on OUR dime] while limiting us to the illusion of semi-auto optimism, as if the second amendment wasn’t intended to empower us against them.

    A strong heart and calm demeanor will go far to bridge those gaps, and a Metronomic Heartbeat will go far to create those beneficial coronary conditions.

    Thank you for your time and consideration.

    Best regards,
    D.Williams

  3. Is there a good book or way to Oget wright in your head.got to thinking .no matter what you do if folks do not keep there sht together and think nothing will be of any use

  4. excellent advice, would add role playing, taking turns being leader, member of the groupas you do scenarios

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