After disaster, many people that survive will find themselves depressed, and hopeless. One of the most important things to keep some one alive after disaster is maintaining good mental health, staying motivated, and being high spirited. This has been demonstrated countless times when people have found them selves stranded in the wilderness, in combat, or any other emergency. The sole will to live has brought them success and life. Here, we will go through a few ways to keep this will to live and apply it to prepping scenarios.
First, ask yourself what keeps you going in normal life, is it coffee, is it books? What ever keeps you happy in regular life will help you after disaster. Some of my biggest recommendations are to keep comfort food and drink well in stock. Everybody likes a good cup of coffee. Find some ways to store large amounts of coffee so that you can access it after disaster. Perhaps it is something else such as a good cigar, or some pipe tobacco. Keep these comfort items stored. Although some people may like a drink, you will want to monitor how much you consume as it will be easy to become an addict in such a stressful environment. Keep some fine liquor or what ever your preference in stock. Not many people think of coffee,tobacco, or alcohol when you mention prepping items, how ever these items will most certainly aid you very much when times are tough and you need to maintain high morale.
Some other items can be books, cigarettes, incense, lotion, soap, and general items that make life more comfortable. Be aware that these items should obviously be a second priority, how ever make sure to include them even if it not that prevalent in your prepping set up. Some more items you might want to consider are comfort foods such as the stereotypical doomsday food: Twinkies. Any sweet food that has a long expiration date will work well as well as any favorite non-perishable foods that you normally eat. Besides consumables, there are many other items you can integrate into your system. Anything that gives you comfort and reminds you of life before disaster will prove to be excellent,
These items may include decks of cards, scented candles, games, magazines, books, perhaps some activities such as a good warm bath or shower. Infantry soldiers and marines often admit that a shower is the best thing they can look forward to after being in the field for weeks, this is no doubt true as people don’t realize the effects of not showering for weeks on end while trying to survive. There are plenty of portable shower options available for purchase if your water doesn’t run. Also if you have a plain bath tub available, you can put warm water in there to use as a bath. Maintaining hygiene is good for morale, and is one of the main reasons why every 1st world military has it very integrated into their doctrine.