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Something I've noticed as of late is my inability to get these horrible thoughts out of my head. Death, war, destruction, famine, in general scenario after scenario. of things that can go horribly wrong. Within the last year though its getting harder and harder to descern reality from the fiction i create. Not because of myself but the world around me constantly reinforcing these trains of thought. Theres something in the air, like a calm before the storm. its not just the nut jobs saying it anymore either. Ask the average guy on the corner and they feel it to.
What I'm really seeking an answer for though is how to best deal with the depression and disparity of these situations. Preparations only taking me so far as theres really no way to prepare for some of them such as the governments workings, as there are way to many sheep out there that will mindlessly and strangely act in violence against those that value freedom. They will actually help there own opressors to enslave them. so when everything seems so hopeless, whats there left to grasp onto for hope? My registered weapon there going to come to my doorstep to take and if i don't produce then ill be beaten shot or arrested and thrown into a labor camp. No wiz bang fire starter or gps or some kinda tent is going to help me.

This is my first post and I've lurked here for some time. I don't want this to turn seem like a whine session or something like that. I'm seriously looking for ways of dealing with stress without alcohol or drugs of any sort. Its starting to become a heavy weight on my shoulders and the every day happy places and things are flashing in my mind as ruined or PAW looking places. I see everything going bad and I really would like my last days on earth to be happy, even if for a while. I don't want to see this constant Cold horrible place.

How do you stop looking over your shoulder? Wheres my blue pill damnit... i want the freeking blue pill!!
 

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Ya it makes you weary to think of this all the time. I get worn down and it is time to clear the head. You need to get out in the woods and see it for its beauty and not some place to hide. Go to a movie but not a movie about a virus. Paint your front door and get it ready for a Christmas decoration. Find things that are normal have a party get drunk play loud music. All people who are in a military situation need R&R from time to time. If you do not get some balance you will soon forget what you came here for and none of it will do you much good. So crank up the tunes and get some Jim Beam and forget the world for the rest of the weekend.
 

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sometimes for me I just take a break from prepping and stay away from the computer and watch stupid comedies on tv (harold and kumar are a fave) eat chips and drink diet coke...just pretend that everything is tickied-boo. They allow it to creep up again. I dont worry about myself per se...it is my children that I fear for so it brings emotional stress for me. I just keep saying....let this be the time I am wrong....
 

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Stress come from feeling helpless and unable to control a situation. It comes from fear of what may happen.

Cure = Accept that the worst may indeed happen + make a plan + work the the plan.
That's what ive been trying to do. But some of thes scenarios are really bothering me.

first off is snipers... take your average Joe hunter with a 30-06/.308/ scoped rifle and now the vast population of unprepared raiders are going to be snipers.
people go hungry quickly as they are usualy not accustomed to low food supply. even the poorest of the poor here get raimen or some form of noodles. there isint enough soil without houses or other things to support the way things are here.

There has never been a beast so savage and cruel as human. look at children before they learn athority will punish them. The boogy man is real. he lives in the hearts of men (and women =p ) when theres no punishment left then you will see him.

I may reply later tomorrow. today i think i need to take a little road trip and have some chips + coke (no diet for me) and get this crap outa my head
 

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Something I've noticed as of late is my inability to get these horrible thoughts out of my head. Death, war, destruction, famine, in general scenario after scenario. of things that can go horribly wrong. Within the last year though its getting harder and harder to descern reality from the fiction i create. Not because of myself but the world around me constantly reinforcing these trains of thought. Theres something in the air, like a calm before the storm. its not just the nut jobs saying it anymore either. Ask the average guy on the corner and they feel it to.

What I'm really seeking an answer for though is how to best deal with the depression and disparity of these situations. Preparations only taking me so far as theres really no way to prepare for some of them such as the governments workings, as there are way to many sheep out there that will mindlessly and strangely act in violence against those that value freedom. They will actually help there own opressors to enslave them. so when everything seems so hopeless, whats there left to grasp onto for hope? My registered weapon there going to come to my doorstep to take and if i don't produce then ill be beaten shot or arrested and thrown into a labor camp. No wiz bang fire starter or gps or some kinda tent is going to help me.

This is my first post and I've lurked here for some time. I don't want this to turn seem like a whine session or something like that. I'm seriously looking for ways of dealing with stress without alcohol or drugs of any sort. Its starting to become a heavy weight on my shoulders and the every day happy places and things are flashing in my mind as ruined or PAW looking places. I see everything going bad and I really would like my last days on earth to be happy, even if for a while. I don't want to see this constant Cold horrible place.

How do you stop looking over your shoulder? Wheres my blue pill damnit... i want the freeking blue pill!!
Bear in mind that these situations are POTENTIAL and HYPOTHETICAL and NOT imminent.

It just cannot be predicted, Omega, so it is seemingly counterproductive to worry about them.

Be cognizant of world events, yes. But it only hurts you to really worry about what HYPOTHETICALLY could happen. :)
 

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Omega, it is easy to feel depressed living in these uncertain times. In my area it is bad news every day, I live in one of the poorest states and with the most bleak economic forecast. Unless you bury your head in the sand it is impossible to get away from the news. Even if you cancel your cable like we have done, there is going to be friends or family that is affected. I wish there was a blue pill, very tempting.

Like you , I have wondered too about ways of coping without prescription drugs because that is not the answer. Sorry I cant give you more specific advice but take it day to day. Its easier to give advice than to take it I know. Many days are filled with stress for me, not because of the world issues as much but personal struggles getting overwhelmed with finances and family obligations.
 

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I know that, for many, in these United States, this future we speak of is full of fear, famine, unrest, disease.

It might help to realize that, many countries on this planet ALREADY live in an environment much like the ones we imagine on these posts. They live in situations we hypothesize, every day for years on end.


YOU ARE NOT ALONE. That is the first cure for your uneasy mind. PLAN, PREPARE, learn...... so you can take care of yourself and your family.

We have the advantage of knowledge and technology (for the moment) to do something that most can't =^=^=^= PREPARE =^=^=^=.


Remember that in any culture, any war, there are moments of humor, celebration. Dances in the tunnels during WWII, laughter at tables with no more than candles crackers and tea ...... holidays were still celebrated.....

World shifts have happened many times over the millennium, and humans have survived. What falls is the false, bloated, overindulged......


Sitting in depression means you are not doing what you need to rely on yourself, get up and do something....prepare.
 

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To want the blue pill is to want to be unaware and weak.
You shouldn't want this. It is that attitude that makes people accept how things are, be lazy, etc.

Although it may seem a curse to be aware and seeing the tidal wave coming it isn't.
You are granted the time to do what you can to get ready before the shtf.
Not doing so is like giving up and wanting the blue pill after you already took the red pill...and there is no turning back after you popped it.
Survival of the fittest and if you do nothing to be ready..that is what you will have to work with.
 

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The fact that you're on this board should help. Simply being prepared in as many ways as possible is a great weight off your shoulders.
Nevertheless, I'm right there with you. I have been stressed for many weeks now over the uncertainty of what may be coming.
Take Care.

(and here I though this thread was going to be about Viagra)
 

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GREAT POST, THANKS. I have often felt simular. Overwhemed with it as I take it in. I started a notebook a year ago. It has my prep lists, plans and thoughts recorded in it. It lets me see my progress and I feel good as I see myself becoming more and more prepared. Also, one of the best fixes, outdoors and a bottle of whiskey. If you dont drink at all, good on you. If you do, head out where its scenic, throw down a tarp/poncho and a sleeping bag. Build a fire, get sauced and read some from Waldens Pond or somthing. Its great. Wake up and go for a walk and take in gods beauty. It works wonders. Makes me feel better for a week or so, or untill im reminded of how much the world sucks my the ever so optimistic Micheal Savage.:D:
 

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Don't feel so bad about your realisation. Once you give up all your hope for a better life, give up your dreams for a better future, realise that life is little more than a long slog through the mud, one long period of suffering punctuated by brief moments of pseudo-bliss, and that happiness, REAL happiness, exists only in the minds of mental defectives and the ignorant, then you'll feel a lot better.

You may never smile again, but in the end, you'll feel a LOT better about the world and your life.
 

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I have no children, nor do I have family that I would be worried about. I would see things a whole lot different if I did. I feel for people who look at their children and worry about how they can keep them alive.

Being by myself though means that isn't a problem of mine. I don't get stressed by survival situations, I get excited about putting my brain to work trying to figure out new ways of doing it. When I first moved here and bought my house, almost every penny went into paying off my land. Then much of my money went into fixing up my home and out buildings. I was and am "broke" most of my life. This doesn't mean I don't have money, I work two jobs and make good money at both of them. My money goes into my home and land though and there is precious little of it left to buy anything else. So I have learned how to grow and raise my own foods for as cheap as possible. I've learned how to hunt, fish, and forage for wild foods. I've learned how to defend myself, I've learned how to move through my world as leave as little of a trace of me as possible. I've learned many new skills and to me the learning process has been fun and exciting.

I'm not one of those surivivalists that needs to constantly buy things, so I'm not stressed by what I don't have. I'm not part of mainstream society and it's need to shop so I won't miss it when it's gone. I'm a skills based survivalist. I want to learn how to do things and many times that comes for free for the people who want to put out that effort. To me it's just one more exciting thing to do, to learn.

I needed a couple days off earlier this week so I put my canoe into the water and slid out into the Mississippi River. I have a bag of flour/salt, my bannock mix and that is all I took for food. I ate well without any extra and I fed my two dogs that I took with me. It was fun and exciting not knowing where my next meal would come from. It was fun to not know where I would be sleeping that night. I enjoyed myself.

So for me, because I'm not defending others, a survival situation is just another way I could test myself and see how I do. If I make it I would look forward to the next adventure. If I didn't...well...I'd look forward to that adventure too.

This weekend one of the local worry warts decided that by the end of next week the world would come to an end. Instead of getting all worried we're having an end of the world party at our local tavern. By watching EOTW movies I have learned that I as a woman I will have huge breasts by the end of the week. If I want to avoid the nasty people all I need to do is look for the most weasily looking man (they're always trouble), heroes are always good looking, and that there is always a low base music underscore just before the bad guys attack. I'm set.:thumb: These people could have joined this man in his worry but instead we all got together and enjoyed ourselves. We will deal with the bad when it comes be it floods and the National Guard like last spring, a depression, which these people hardly notices the last big one--too poor to get big loans, or zombies from the cities far away, zombies will head south, it's too d**m cold here.:eek: We all will live our lives the best we can and find the adventure in it all.

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If you don't take care of yourself, you can't take care of anybody else. What works to remind you of calm and peace? Me, it's a nice cuppa tea, or making time to read a book, or doing something with my hands like woodworking or stuff. What works for you?

Find what gives you a sense of being in control, even if it's only inventorying your preps and listing what you have. It may sound very silly, but talk to yourself out loud and remind yourself you are being proactive, you are preparing, and you are doing your best.
 

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There is something about getting your own house in order, that helps lift the feelings of depression and lack of controol over our lives.
When I come home with those extra sardines and packets of pasta to pile away, i am singing and happy as a squirrel preparing for winter.
If I am hours on the computer getting fresh revelation on the world events, it really wears me emotionally.......so I recommend a balance in all our lives
Dont be like the ostrich and put your head in the sand......yet dont be like a bear with a sore head and be that worried and confused with the pain of stress that you lose track of reality.
 

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don't worry about what ifs, worry about you can change.............YOU:eek:.

Plan your preps, work your plans.:thumb:
 

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I'd like to thank the OP for starting this thread. DUDE, you ROCK!:thumb:

The situation gets to me too, if I let it. Sometimes you just have to step away from the keyboard. The one thing I always suggest is to get rid of your TV. Yep, just put that bad boy out by the curb. Go take a walk, read a book, put on your favorite music and dance like there's nobody watching. Get a hobby. Is there something that you always wanted to do but never did? Go do it. Learn to play an instrument. You can get a guitar pretty cheap at a pawn shop. Work out...go for a run or take yoga classes. Look up your local community college, they might have free concerts you can attend. Volunteer at what ever charity suits you.

Do what you need to do to keep your hopes and dreams alive......and prep. One step at a time.

And last but not least ......deep breathly!
 

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Got rid of the TV 3 years ago and it's soooo much better.
Don't read the newspaper either, just get the basic news over the Internet and avoid the BS.

Spend your time learning new things, I've done A LOT of outdoor courses, wild food, etc...

The more you can DO SOMETHING about a situation, the less it will impact you - physically and mentally.
 
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