This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com
I know a couple of people who were obsessed with prepping a couple of years ago, and now have completely dropped out. From our previous conversations, I think they got burnt out from prepping. Discouragement is fairly common-it happens to all of us. The trick is to overcome it. The doubting thoughts start small but can slowly take over. Watch out for the warning signs.
How does happen?
- Nothing happened. Many people started preparing for disasters during the financial crisis. Near panic prepping reached a fever pitch right before 2012, and dropped off soon after.
- Discouragement can happen when you compare yourself to others – those we might view as the more “advanced” prepper who have a bugout location, a fully loaded bugout vehicle, and loads of supplies stashed away in both home and retreat.
- The partner may not be supportive. Having a partner who thinks you’re nuts for prepping can get to a person sometimes; of course the flip side is, if something happens they will be grateful that you prepped.
- Lack of time
- Lack of money
How to deal with prepper burnout
- Prepping is not a competition – quit comparing yourself to others. Even if you just started this week, the extra supplies you’ve built up make you a lot better off than you were before.
- Realize all the benefits you get from being prepared – less stress, saving money, saving time by not having to run to the store all the time etc.
- If your partner is not on board, learn a few ideas to help you cope.
- If money is an issue, learn new skills instead: watch YouTube videos for survival tips, learn a skill such as gardening, canning, first aid, from someone you know or free community classes.
- If time is an issue, do quick preparedness projects that you can finish in one weekend such as this one
- Rotate your supplies constantly, and you will see how having a stockpile benefits you in the long run. Just make sure you replace items you use up.
- Just because nothing disastrous has happened does not mean nothing will – emergencies can happen at any time, and when they do, you will be glad you prepared.
- Watching disaster or even zombie flicks gets you in the mood to be prepared. Watch The Walking Dead or movies like Day after Tomorrow or even Independence Day; think about what would you do if you were in their predicament.
- Don’t wait until you’re completely stressed out. Take a break – everyone needs a breather now and then.
- Do something fun – go target shooting, visit a gun show, teach your kids fishing. Prepping does not have to be all training and stockpiling.
Think about why you started preparing – you want to protect yourself and your family just in case. Be grateful that you have been fortunate thus far, and you have the luxury of time to learn skills and continue to build your emergency supplies.
© Apartment Prepper 2015