Building the Survival Mindset
Even the most experienced self-proclaimed outdoorsmen and outdoorswomen share the fears that are immediately experienced by those who have never set foot on a hiking trail or mountain path. The difference is that veteran campers, hikers, and overall outdoorsmen are also considered survivalists. These individuals can go on a simple hike, knowing full well that if things turn sour, they’ll be prepared. In order to reach this level of experience, you’ll need to develop a survivalist mindset. Let’s take a look at the best techniques for your survival in the outdoors.
CONTROL YOUR BODY
In the presence of danger, our bodies immediately launch into a fight or flight response. While pre-programmed, this reaction does not allow for logical decision-making. Instead, it may increase your danger. The best way to ensure you make it out of a dangerous situation is to take control of your body. Armed serviceman are trained to do so by controlling their breathing techniques. Try the following next time you notice yourself becoming stressed out:
- Breath in and out through your nose only
- Exhale more than you inhale
- Focus on your breathing
- Control the rhythmic pattern
- Do this for up to 30 seconds
I think you’ll agree that it’s easier to practice this your first couple of times during rush-hour traffic or in the grocery line rather than in the wilderness.
TALK WITH YOURSELF
Self-talk is one of the most effective ways to calm yourself during an intense and critical event. This is linked with controlled breathing as well. The idea is to gain control of your mind and body. You will need to learn how to stop the train of negative thoughts that are rushing through your mind and replace them with calm, collected, positive outcomes.
You can practice this as well during your everyday life. Once you've mastered the technique, it will be easy to recall it during serious life threatening situations.
- Catch and stop yourself during negative thoughts
- Replace the thought with a positive outcome
- Look at the situation in a different light
- Create a mantra for yourself that reflects positivity
- Examples include “Breathe” or “Focus”
- Repeat this mantra to yourself or aloud
Once you have your breathing under control and you’ve talked yourself down into being calm, you can shift your logic and attention to goal setting. Create a number of short term and long-term goals for yourself. Focusing on an action plan helps the mind stay calm and your thoughts stay in line. Here are some great examples:
Short Term Goals
- Caring for a wound
- Establishing shelter
- Securing water
Long Term Goals
- Building a fire
- Catching food / Setting traps
- Signaling for help
There are also small things that you can do every day to make sure that you are prepared for the worst. These are simple gestures that go a long way. For instance, by wearing a Survival Strap bracelet, you are arming yourself with several feet of military grade paracord. This type of tool could be very useful in a number of dangerous situations. It may even save your life. Give yourself that peace of mind by wearing a fashionable bracelet that is also an emergency tool.
Whether you are in a dangerous situation by yourself or in a group, developing a survivalist mindset will prepare you for outdoor survival and can make you the hero when others panic. Check out Survival Straps full collection today and make sure you’re ready for anything that comes your way. We offer the best survival bracelet on the market.