Finding the Time to Prep- part 1
If you are new to the preparedness community you may already have the feeling of being overwhelmed. It never stops. I have been preparing for a few years and still feel overwhelmed. I wanted to discuss dome things to help reduce the anxiety which comes form having to many things to prepare for.
I think we as preppers have seen the “light” and somewhat know what is coming our way or we have an inherent sense of these things. So here are some things to help you relieve some stress.
- Make a list of all the things you want to do and prioritize. I know as you look at the list it may appear daunting the amount of things you need to do. Realize the list you have made is a pie in the sky list. You will probably not heave either enough time or money to complete everything on the list. Realize first and foremost it is ok to not get something done. Every day of your life you have chosen, I repeat CHOSEN, not to do something. If you did everything you would not have anything to do. I think realizing this helped me the most of all the things I do to reduce anxiety.
- The things you see as being most important are the ones which will get done. This is why you have to continually re-prioritize your list. Things in life come up, you have a baby, your kids move away, you lose your job. These are all part of life and as things change you will be able to rearrange your list to accommodate these changes.
- The food you have stored is better than money in the bank. The food you bought today will be cheaper than the food you purchase in six months. We are buying food at today’s prices to consume at a later date. Since food goes up in price we are buying it at a discount. This capital deferral actually saves us money in the long run. We no longer HAVE to buy food when we need it, we buy it when it is on sale. Knowing you do not HAVE to buy food today is a wonderful stress reliever.
- Look at your preps in incremental steps, especially food storage. Start with copy canning. When you go to the store to buy corn, instead of buying one can you buy two. Put one can on the shelf and the other in storage. Do this until you have what you want for food storage. This incremental approach will mitigate any anxiety you may have over acquiring extra food. Do this with all of your projects. Break them down into tiny steps you can accomplish.
- Try to make 2 meals a month out of your food storage. This will help you identify the areas you are weak. You will then be able to fill in the holes. Doing this once or twice a month allows you to slowly identify where you need help. Thus reducing your anxiety. This also takes minimal time.
- Realize you can’t do it all overnight. Even the tiny ant takes spring, winter, and fall to accumulate enough for winter. You are just a bigger ant. Slow methodical accumulation of preps is the best way. Life continues to change and as you move slowly you will be able to modify your plan to accommodate your familial needs.
- Preparedness is not just about stuff. Realize there are things around your house which need to be done. Are there projects you need to finish? We have decided to put off some preps this year because we are remodeling our basement. Having our basement finished will allow us to sell our house and move into one with a lower payment. We won’t be able to sell our house if the basement is not done. So remember to put some of those household projects in your list as part of your preps. A home in need of repair does you no good in an emergency.
Tomorrow we will discuss,
- Building your assets
- Bug out bags
Making Life’s Road a Little Smoother