“All Prepping and No Play, Makes Jim a Dull Boy”
One downside to being a prepper is there is always something that needs doing to prepare for possible emergencies. People in your life may not share the same sense of urgency, to the point of being annoyed at your prepping behavior. Not only that, looking at worst case scenarios and threat matrices can be depressing. All of this can put stress on yourself, those around you and your finances. While there is always the possibility of an urgent situation such as an anticipated food shortage, a currency crisis, rioting, and all associated survival issues, one also need to consider the relationship and personal health survival needs. Your relationships and your body/mind need to stay healthy or no amount of prepping can save you during a crisis. I submit that it may be beneficial to take a break from prepping from time-to-time. A vacation from prepping serves the purpose of:
1) Keep those non-preppers in your life from believing all you do is plan to survive, all day, every day.
2) Give you a mental and physical break from the stress associated with thinking and planning for emergencies.
3) Give you time to reflect on your preps and what you might do next.
4) Give your bank account time to recover from those big purchases or a wave of small ones that have accumulated. Yes, prepping is expensive and don’t let anyone tell you it is not. Going into debt to prep is not a good idea. Neither is spending all your free cash on supplies. You may need a break if:
-You find yourself staying awake at night, obsessing over threats and possibilities.
-You are obsessively accumulating a list of things to buy on Amazon and placing orders such that something is always in transit or out for delivery. You leave work early because you know a package is waiting on the porch.
-You’ve made several big-ticket purchases (new hand gun, new shotgun) or several, weekly $50-$100 purchases at the local sporting good store (you are tracking your prep spending and not hiding it from your spouse, right?)
-You find yourself working on preps when you should be working for your employer or company.
-You are robbing time and resources from your spouse or family such that they only get leftovers.
If this article sounds personal, it is. All of these apply to me. I am lucky that my wife does not seem to mind what I am doing, except with guns and weapons training. Our finances are in a good place so any spending I am doing is not outside our ability to pay. I have spent a lot this year prepping, mainly because I was so far from where I wanted to be. Now that I have spent so much time, effort and money getting to a level of comfort, I feel like it is time for a break from prepping. I just have one more long-term-food-storage (LTFS) project to do this week and then I will likely take a couple of weeks in May off. What that means:
1) Disengaging from two different message boards and multiple prepper-blogs (except this one!) that I participate in and monitor.
2) No gun practice, ammo purchases, or reading about guns.
3) No buying prepper supplies, even more food for LTS.
4) Not talking to my wife or anybody about prepping.
5) Focusing on home (honey-do) projects that have nothing to do with prepping. In fact, the only thing I will be doing is blogging here about things I’ve already done to prepare. The other allowable activity is maintaining established preps, evaluating progress and planning next steps.
That will be my two week break, then it is back to achieving prepper goals!