Survival Mentality

Survival Mentality Requires a Good Attitude and a Bucket Full survival mentalityof Patience

We’ve all had plenty of “off” days. You know, when you have next to no patience for kids, bad drivers, and you just feel like you’re dragging ass . . . My mom would always say to me, “if everyone else is in a horrible mood, perhaps it’s time to look in the mirror.” There is so much value and truth in that statement! Attitude is everything! Survival mentality is critical to dealing with anything from a stressful move to running your household when the power is out for a week.  Survival mentality comes down to your overall outlook on life.

Ever gone to the grocery store on a Saturday afternoon with your children, none of you have eaten, and what was supposed to be a fairly quick trip turned into a whine-fest and you bought a cartful of food you didn’t need? Oh, and forgot to buy the only item you went to purchase in the first place! Yeah, me too. What I have learned is to plan ahead.  Have a grocery list.  If I have to take the kids,make sure they’ve eaten and make rules ahead of time so that I will not be conned into buying Cap’n Crunch!  Having order and planning tasks, no matter how small, brings peace of mind.  It helps reduce stress.  Stress and anxiety cloud our thoughts.  Keeping a clear head is the best medicine for a survival mentality!

Don’t Worry, Be Happy . . . and Healthy

Most people take better care of their iPads than their bodies.  As much as I love junk food, I don’t love how I feel after a week of neglecting myself of healthy fruits and veggies. You are what you eat.  Start exercising.  Most Americans spend 35 hours a week watching TV and about 2 hours a week exercising.  Think of your body as a complex machine that requires fine tuning. Working out reduces stress, allows for better sleep, and increases self-esteem. I used to be a worrier.  Worrying would consume me so much it felt like a full time job.  It was a ridiculous waste of time. My survival mentality has turned me from a worrier to warrior simply by letting go of silly things.  The best night’s sleep comes from having peace of mind.

A Survival Mentality Requires Action

  • If you’ve got a grudge, let it go
  • Make amends
  • Laugh more
  • Be less critical and more forgiving
  • Pray and meditate
  • Have an attitude of gratitude

These tips can really help heal the soul.  I understand that fear and worry will never be eliminated from my life, but the purpose is to enjoy living in the present while preparing for a better future.

Confidence is Key

Sipping boiled water with chopped up pine needles isn’t really my cup of “tea” (pun intended, see above photo). However, when you’re camping and you crawl out of the tent and you’re freezing and tired, you’ve got a choice. Smiling while confidently drinking that concoction boosted my confidence for a stronger survival mentality.

The preparation spectrum is broad. Have your grocery list, food storage, and plans in place for the “what ifs” that come out of nowhere.  Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “The best lightening rod for your protection is your own spine.”  A survival mentality requires courage to look inward. Start today and be one step closer to a prepared, calm and balanced mind, body and soul!

About the Author

Andrea B. is the Vice President of Survival Tactics NOW! and is passionate about educating others in the art of self- reliance. She loves family, fitness, and challenging herself by learning new and interesting survival tactics!


  1. Vickey says:

    I love this article. I appreciate how you tied your thoughts to Ralph Waldo Emerson’s quote about our spine being our best ‘lightning rod’ of protection. Great quote… great post. All our words and actions begin in the mind… 🙂

    • Thank you! I love that quote as well. Growing a spine,and being a “DOER” instead of a wisher, a whiner, or a fence sitter is difficult. However, once you change your way of thinking, and have a survival mentality, prepping and survivalism becomes a part of who you are!

  2. Paulette says:

    Thank you for this post. I think this is a neglected area of emergency preparedness. Some people go about it with fear and panic. I really like your ideas!

    • Thanks, Paulette! This is an area that is not only neglected, but it seems that anything to do with prepping is widely associated with mayhem, zombies and like you said, panic. A large part of what we want to do is educate and inform others about the importance of maintaining a healthy balance in all areas of your life. Remember, the more prepared you are, the more confident you will be. Therefore, your odds of successful survival go way up!