Coping with negative feelings: Insecurity, Lack of Self-Determination and Depression
I really feel it’s crucial to cover these three particular feelings, because I believe Americans will have to deal with them soon.
I’m talking about the coming crisis, covering all aspects of the American society: economy, politics, agriculture, internal and external affairs… anything that’s supposed to make us, citizens, safer and more organized is going to fall apart. And it’s going to stay this way for a long time, years of instability, protests or even war!
Some Americans already know this is going to happen and they’re already preparing for the worst. But preparing doesn’t refer only to stockpiling and home defense. It also means you need to prepare you mind for the harsh times. After all, you can’t fight your way throughout the crisis when you’re tormented by insecurity, lack of self-determination or depression.
So let’s take these one by one and see how we can train our mind to stay strong and optimistic:
According to the US Army Aviation Survival Course, insecurity is “the feeling of helplessness or inadequacy resulting from varied stresses and anxieties. These anxieties may be caused
by uncertainty regarding individual goals, abilities, and the future.”
The best way to avoid insecurity is establishing clear goals for yourself. These goals should be realistic, measurable and time-oriented. For example: “By next week, I will stockpile four more beef jerky cans for my family, so they can survive another week during the crisis”.
Attaining your goals will make you feel more confident, as it will give you an idea about what your actions really mean to your family. And the better you feel about yourself, the less you feel insecure.
Lack of self-determination
When the crisis hits and the whole country will forcibly change overnight, it is very likely you’ll experience lack of self-determination. This means you’ll feel like whatever you do, it won’t change the situation. And you’d be perfectly right up to a point: you can’t heal an entire country. But you can save your family.
Every single action you take to help yourself and your family survive is crucial. But when you’re blinded by an overall feeling of uselessness, you might be tempted to gove up the fight and wait for “the big guys” to come and save you.
So here’s how you can avoid falling in this trap: stop blaming the government or any other entity for your problems. Even if it is their fault, blaming them will do you no good. But if you turn your hatred or disappointment into the ambition to survive this crisis, then every passive discontent you may have will turn to action. Action that will push you to the top of the food chain, when everyone else turns into an angry, frustrated flock of sheeple.
In times of disasters and crises, depression is the biggest psychological problem that
you’ll need to deal with. Every day you see grief, sadness, disappointment and poverty all around you. It’s very difficult not to let yourself slip into a similar state of mind.
But that’s exactly why depression is so dangerous: you don’t feel it striking. It’s not like teh flu: you can’t identify symptoms that easily. It sorts of sneaks into your mind and, if you’re not careful, you only realise it’s there when it’s too late.
So what you need to do is pay attention to your reactions. If you notice a change in the way you react to daily events, write it down. Keep a journal of your feelings and reactions, to see if the changes get worse. If they do, then you might be on the edge of depression.
The best way to fight this illness is to keep yourself active and useful to others. Help your kids or grandkids with their homework or take them for a stroll in the park. Clean the house or cook a delicious meal for your family. Rearrange your furniture and even start woodworking in your spare time and then try to sell your work. Get a dog or a cat if you afford to feed it, it will cheer up the whole family.
Whatever it is, take pride in what you do and always remind yourself that every little action you do for your family will help them live better and feel happier.
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