Ever look at your efforts in preparedness and think to yourself – “Self, is this all just a waste of time?” Ever think about the hours spent reading blogs, visiting preparedness forums, and making plans and consider that all of that time could have been spent doing something more “important?” I mean – that awesome AR-15 that you finally got off of layaway could have afforded the family a nice vacation to the beach.
Is it really worth it?
If you think this way….guess what? Your human and not alone. It’s OK. It’s called “prepper burnout” and it happens to the best of us.
Prepper Burnout can arrive for several reasons:
1st – Nothing happens. That’s right – all your planning and food storage and the world around you just seems to not collapse. Of course that is good. It is absolutely fortunate however it gives non-preppers a lot of ammunition to poke fun and insinuate that your preps are a waste of time.
2nd – Money. Maybe would better stated as “Not enough money”. So many of us are struggling to not just pay bills, put food on our plates and gas in our cars – but we are also trying to stock up on preparedness supplies at the same time. When times are especially tough it is easy to redirect priorities and the corresponding funds to other things and say….. “screw preparedness”.
3rd – Lack of Time. In many peoples lives so many activities and distractions take up valuable time and challenge many to find more time to spend on “prepping”. For many of us – prepping is easy to push t the bottom of the priority list and sweep under the rug.
There are many more reasons why some people just get sick (and tired) of prepping.
So what can be done about it? Take a break!! Yes – just take a break from prepping for a week or two – the world won’t come to an end (at least we hope not). Spend time with the family. Do something fun like bowling or go to a couple movies. If you have a hobby that maybe you have not had done in a while – go for it. If possible – have a family meeting and ask everyone else what they would like to do. Money does not have to be spent to relax and have a good time. Visit a park and bring a picnic lunch. Make Saturday a “vegetable day” – meaning that you will become a couch potato and watch movies all day. Invite some friends over and have a cookout. Whatever is chosen – have fun and forget about prepping for a bit.
Often while taking a break from prepping your mind will start to come back around and preparedness goals will begin to come into sight. It is at that time to throw in your favorite apocalyptic movie – get out a pad of paper – and write. Write some preparedness goals that you want to accomplish. Possibly you may think about getting ready for spring gardneing. Start a list of gardening “things to do” to start in early spring. Get it out of your head and on paper.
If money is short do some things that are inexpensive or free. Go to your local dollar store and stock up on some really inexpensive but valuable preparedness supplies. Spend a day scouring the Internet for good info and maybe print some out to place in a “survival information binder”. Ask a friend who has a particular skill that you want to have teach you. Maybe even perform a complete inventory of your stockpile and enter everything in a spreadsheet.
We all get burnt out sometimes. Just realize that it is OK and take steps to refresh, reload, and regenerate. Often you will come back re-energized and better focused on your preparedness goals.
Take care all –
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5 thoughts on “Avoiding Prepper Burnout…………..”
Get flowers at the grocery store; go bird watching; curl up with something or someone and watch a chick-flick. Life is still wonderful even while we’re prepping for catastrophy.
This post came at the perfect time for me. For a few weeks, I have been out of sorts in my prepping, nothing really interested me and I just felt discouraged. I was discouraged because there was no way that I would have the money, time or space to stock up on everything I needed. I decided to refocus my attention and start on decluttering my house. I have things stored all over the house without any real system. Now that I have reorganizing, I can visually see what I need and I know where everything is.
Glad to hear it Bridget –
Look at the bright side! If nothing happens we (Preppers) may soon be a major exporters of rice and wheat to the world! DaaSwampman
Not only that – but we will have generations worth of ammo!