With all of the threats and dangers we could face after SHTF, it's bound to come with it's fair share of loss and pain. And with that, comes an all new emotional and mental challenge.
Throughout the harshness of the collapse, you'll most definitely face lots of mental trials, many of which will have you going through grief. As hard as it is already, it'll only get more difficult in a situation like the collapse.
So, if you want to be able to survive, you'll need to handle these tough times. Here's all you need to know about handling grief during SHTF, from our friends at Survival Life.
There are 5 key stages to grief and each requires a different skillset to deal with. These stages do not necessarily happen chronologically, in fact, most people move between stages before they make peace with the situation they’re in.
Usually, upon learning the tragic news of the death of a loved one or being terminally ill, the initial reaction is denying the reality of the unfortunate circumstance. You’ll probably tell yourself repeatedly “this isn’t happening.” This is natural and normal, especially if you’re faced with overwhelming emotions.
This stage of grief comes in many forms. You may be angry at yourself for not saying something you wish you had to a deceased loved one or the person you broke up with. You may also direct your anger to the loved one who passed away for leaving you and for the pain you’re going through.
With all these many forms of anger, it all boils down to one thing: you find someone or something to blame just to ease the pain. While this is understandable and normal, try to find some answers to your questions and help yourself understand the situation. Take your time.
Sometimes, in your grieving period, you may find yourself begging for things to go back to what it was and in return, you’ll offer to do something good. In an attempt to distract yourself from the pain you’re feeling, bargaining becomes your escape.
Due to the unfortunate event you’ve been through, you may undergo reactive depression. Life suddenly lost its meaning and you’re headed in an unknown direction. There will be times when you wouldn’t want to get out of bed or leave the house. You’ll find it hard to do your usual daily routine and opt to just sulk in depression. This heavy feeling may come and go and there will be good and bad days.
If you are feeling hopelessness, please talk to someone whether it’s a close friend, relative, or even a stranger who is willing to listen. Engage in an activity or hobby that can keep your mind busy. At this grieving stage, you’ll need all the support you can get.
Acceptance is coming to terms with the reality of the situation. Recognizing and not just knowing that this is the life you’ll be living from now on will help you cope better and deal with the painful moments accordingly. You’ll make adjustments and reorganize things here and there, but the beauty of acceptance is– now, you’re willingly doing it to get yourself back on track.
There you go, you learned all about grief, its stages, and how to deal with them. You now have strategies to help you cope and handle this if you ever face it, even in hard times such as the collapse. Whatever happens, you can handle the mental and emotional struggle as well.
For more information on grief and how to handle it, especially when SHTF, please visit Survival Life.
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