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12/03/2018 / By RJ Jhonson
It takes more than stockpiling food, equipment, and other resources to survive SHTF situations – you need to train your mind, too. In an emergency situation where immediate action is a matter of life and death, the slightest bit of hesitation could be the blow that derails even your best-laid plans for survival.
People respond to various situations differently. In times of crisis, many people go through a process of denial called cognitive dissonance. This typically comes in several phases:
This was best exemplified in the stories of survivors of the 9/11 disaster. Some narrated how they froze when the incident occurred, while others turned to gather documents and personal belongings before finally proceeding to the stairwells. While these people survived to tell their tale despite their hesitation, it’s possible that many others died because they failed to act on their predicament.
In the military, soldiers are trained to assess their situation and select a course of action quickly. They don’t just move fast, they also do not waste time when making decisions that will potentially save their life and that of others. Soldiers do not just train their body, they also train their mind. (Related: Bushcraft survival skills to teach your kids or grandkids.)
You can improve your mental response to crises by following these steps:
Needless to say, a well-trained mind can only do so much in a body that is ill-equipped for survival in the first place. If you want to beat hesitation, you will need to enhance your reflexes, much like how athletes train their body to automatically perform certain actions. Here are steps to improve your reflexes and reaction time:
Boost your odds of survival with tips from Survival.news.
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