Dealing with feeling burned out

It happens to most if not all of us at some point or another. We’ve prepped and prepped for every contingency we can think of, yet there’s still so much more to do. You might start second guessing yourself.

Will 100lbs of salt be nearly enough?

How long will 200 gallons of water really last?

Will my food storage provide for the three months it is designed for?

It can get overwhelming and the stress piles up. We just get burned out on the whole thing.

When that happens, it is ok to take a break. Step back, take a few deep breaths, maybe go for a walk to clear your head a bit. Take a couple days off and relax. Rome wasn’t built in a day and you can’t possibly do it all at once.

The source for some of the stress is the idea that prepping is a one time thing. That somehow you’ll get to a point where there’s nothing left to do. This isn’t a math problem or a science project, where there is a distinct goal to achieve and then you’re done. Prepping is, or should be, more of a lifestyle. It is a mindset to acquire and utilize.

Truth is, you’re never done. There will always be more “stuff” you’ll want to get and more skills to learn and perfect. Then there’s the rotation of your supplies, ensuring you use it up before it goes bad.

The finish line in this marathon comes when disaster strikes and you’ll rely on your preps to see you and your family through. Until then, pace yourself so you’re able to make that final sprint at the end.

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Jim Cobb

Jim Cobb has been a student of survivalism and emergency preparedness for almost thirty years. As a young child, he drove his parents nuts with stockpiling supplies in the basement every time he heard there was a tornado watch in his area. Of course, being a child, those supplies consisted of his teddy bear, a few blankets and pillows, and random canned goods he grabbed from the kitchen cabinets. Later, he was the first (and likely only) child in his fifth grade class to have bought his very own copy of Life After Doomsday by Bruce Clayton. Today, he is a freelance writer whose work has been published in national magazines such as Boy’s Life and Complete Survivalist Magazine. He is a voracious reader with a keen interest in all stories with post-apocalyptic settings. He maintains the Library at the End of the World blog and is also the Content Director for He currently resides in a fortified bunker in the upper Midwest, accompanied by his lovely wife and their three adolescent Weapons of Mass Destruction. Jim's first book, Prepper's Home Defense, was published late 2012 and his second book, tentatively titled The Prepper's Complete Guide to Disaster Readiness, will be out in mid-2013, both coming from Ulysses Press.

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