Emotions in times of survival

Posted: February 4, 2014 by Cat Reyes in Survival
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You are a human being. No matter what situation you find yourself in, you will experience various emotions. This is going to be even more apparent in the case of an apocalypse.

Probably the first reaction you will experience is fear. It is the natural reaction when you are faced with situations that can potentially cause injury or death. Some people have a better handling of fear if they prepare themselves for it. While many people believe that you should just get over it and move on, fear is actually a healthy response. It shouldn’t just be thrown away. It should be analyzed. What is making you afraid? Go as deep as you can, because fear can keep you alive.

The next probable response will be anxiety. Anxiety occurs when we are faced with unusual or dangerous situations. It usually comes hand in hand with fear. Unlike fear, which can cause a person to freeze, anxiety forces the person to act. To resolve anxious emotions, do something about it. If you are out in the wild and have no place to sleep, your best bet is to get to work on a temporary residence, build a fire, or hunt up some grub (literally).

Anger is the next anger to appear, along with feelings of frustration, no doubt. You will get frustrated by not moving fast enough and not figuring things out. If you are a perfectionist, this is more of an issue. When you are struggling to survive, you often don’t have time to fix things the way you see them in your mind. Often, when trying to get things done, those things will go wrong. This is also known as Murphy’s Law: Anything that can go wrong will. The best thing for you to do is keep trying and move on. Spending time fidgeting over just how the lean-to catches the morning sun could end up as the epigraph on your headstone (that is if anyone finds your body).

Guilt may come on the heels of frustration. This could be guilt for you surviving or guilt that you weren’t able to save others. The best thing to think when this begins to happen is that you were spared because you have a greater purpose or others died so that you could live. Don’t let them down by dwelling in the guilt.

And finally, loneliness is common for survivors. Humans were meant to be social. Yeah, a ton of people would rather be left alone, but if they were completely left alone they would probably go nuts. The best thing to do in a case where loneliness seems overwhelming is to challenge yourself to a task or three. You may find that you have some hidden talents. The busier you are, the less likely you are to feel alone.

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  1. In my Ruth stories I try to explore the emotions of survival. Guilt is one of the strongest emotions. I also imagine having your friends and loved ones die while you survive can be a mental burden. Keeping busy is a good way to keep the emotions at bay for a while. However, the longer you put off dealing with your emotional problems the worse it is going to be when they finally come to a head.

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