We have all heard many theories about the end of the world and the diverse ways as to how this will happen. We are all so busy with our own lives in the present, that it is difficult thinking about the endless possibilities of events that we do not truly believe will happen to us ever. Certain people believe that it is very important to be prepared for the worst and they go out of their way to ensure that they are ready to face any adversity.
These individuals are known as ‘preppers’ and they are often the ones with canned food and sleeping bags in their basement. Contrary to popular opinion, these individuals are not necessarily preparing for a zombie attack or some divine end of the world, they also prepare for more predictable and realistic scenarios such as power outages and natural disasters like earthquakes and floods.
In this article, we will advise you of what it means to be a prepper and how to become one, if you are considering.
What exactly is a prepper?
A prepper is essentially someone who thinks about the future, any potential negative massive life events that can change life as we know it. These individuals go beyond storing food and medicine, they also learn specific skills associated with survival. These individuals are not paranoid about the future, they can enjoy their present lives as normal, only with the reassurance that they are prepared should something bad happen.
Should I become a prepper?
You may think that preparing for a bad event is something too extra that is just not required. However, if you think about the way our life in recent months has been, surely you will agree that things can quickly and unexpectedly change. The global pandemic that many of us are still facing has taught us this. It is obviously completely up to you whether you become a prepper or not, but you may agree that it is always better to be safe than sorry.
How do I become a prepper
Be aware of the world around you
Being a prepper is also a state of mind—you must become more aware of the world around you and accept that we have no control over what happens for the majority of the time. Negative events, even natural or man-made ones can happen at any time and actually have a very negative impact on your life. If you have this notion, you are on your way to becoming a prepper as you will want to be as prepared as you can.
Think about the future and that of your loved ones
This is not necessarily only about you—and if you have a partner, children, and any other people in the world you care about, then you are more likely to start getting ready for the unthinkable. You should not force your loved ones to start prepping if it is something they do not want to do, but you can support them to see why this is important and why they should do it with you.
Start out slowly
Do not panic and try to become the best prepper in two days—it takes time to prep and gets everything you need together. Indeed, you should attempt to do this slowly as part of your daily life rather than go out and try to get everything done at once. First off, think about the location, which is one of the main factors to consider, so that you can then start obtaining all of your supplies.
Learn survival skills
We mentioned above that prepping entails more than buying essential items and storing them in a basement. If a disaster occurs, it may mean that life as you know it ceases to exist—this includes any abundance in water and food. For example, may not be readily available. For this reason, you must learn certain skills that will increase your chances of survival in such situations. The experts behind The Prepping Guide suggest reading expert blogs is a smart move in order to learn a range of different survival skills. This will ensure that you are prepared physically as well as mentally.w
Prepping can be a result of high levels of anxiety. However, you should avoid these negative emotions at all costs. Panic often results in chaos, which is the opposite of what you should be trying to achieve as a prepper. Make sure that you are doing all the prepping as a caution rather than from a place of anxiety.
Being a prepper may often be seen as crazy and unnecessary, although it is evident that the world can change out of our control so quickly. The information above should provide you with a clear overview of what it means to be a prepper and how you can become one.
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