During a disaster there can be lots of things that are going on but the truth is, there is also a lot of down time waiting for something to happen too. While you are waiting on the weather, government response or a store to reopen you need something to do. Being prepared to fill that down time will be a critical prepper tool to keep everyone calm. Obviously putting up food, water, extra clothes and supplies is not enough. Folding clothes is not going to keep you very entertained, nor is calculating the speed of the summer breeze. We need to start now thinking of multiple ways of making sure morale stays up after a collapse It will likely be a boring existance, if we don’t have something to entertain ourselves.
We often don’t think first of our mental state as important during a crisis but in fact it can effect everything else. Having fun and high morale can make or break a group in crisis. In order to avoid depression, panic, and that sinking feeling of being without hope, some simple prepper planning can go a long way in distracting kids and adults from the crisis at hand. Fun is a real stress reliever and can repair jittery emotions no matter what happens.
Disaster Boredom Can Effect Morale
It is important to keep in mind that adults and children don’t handle crisis the same way. Kids may respond in not so obvious ways to how they feel but they can often be confused and scared by the changes or panic that is likely to be displayed during this difficult situation. Having the right distractions will help everyone keep their wits about them while making the necessary adjustments to the new situation.
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19 20 things that could come in handy if you have an occasion to need to “bug in” without electricity for any reason. You will want to prepare these ahead of time to keep you and your family calm in the midst of a crisis without the convenience of electricity and electronics. People have grown so accustomed to electronic toys as their fun or play at home or on the go. We are so accustomed to a TV, computer, cell phone, and other methods of communication, that life without them will likely seem very boring.
This list is in no way complete but I am very sure that if you will only prepare these, you will be able to occupy yourself and your family for hours and days if necessary. If you get an idea please add to the list as this necessity stays in the forefront of your mind while you prepare for any and all types of storms life will bring. In no particular order here are some suggestions:
2. Board Games
6. Simple Camera (Don’t Forget A Battery)
7. Radios (Weather and AM/FM are both important)
10. Musical Instruments
11. Song Books (Singing)
12. Stationary Bike For Exercise
13. Playing Cards
14. Dice Games
16. Sewing Kit
19. Jump Rope
Edit: Just thought of #20 for our list. Horseshoes could provide another diversion that requires nothing except the time and equipment and might be a reasonably compact inexpensive way to occupy your time.
In considering what to do to during these times, there are some things that you want to make sure of. Have a plan for quiet activities, like a those things we mentioned above and allow people to control their world as much as possible. These will take you a long way down the road toward getting rid of anxiety. Also, if you like music, bring headphones to wear. Don’t assume your neighbors or co-residents want to listen to your music.
Doing some of these activities can help create a bond in the group. That is valuable anytime but is critical in times of massive change or severe disruption to avoid the damage that can come from little things getting way out of hand. From a psychological stand point, I have found that anytime I get bored, that getting actively involved in whatever I am doing makes a tremendous difference too. Taking my time and paying attention to the smallest detail has caused the most mundane task to take on a new vibrancy. Not only will it improve the outcome if there is a task at hand but you will find that it is not as boring as it seemed. Jump in with both feet, serve and give assistance where needed or study every aspect of whatever it is you are doing. It will totally alter you attitude from one of loss to one of productivity simply via your attention to it.
As philosophers often say, as if it were a law, to practice being in the moment and relish everything about it. This will help you keep a larger perspective too which is especially important during crisis. You want to have the big picture on what is going on and practicing that point of view will help you pass the time in a calm fashion. Maybe even teach people in your group to do the same thing.
It may seem trivial but no matter if it is a power outage, civil unrest, a storm, a pandemic, a tornado, hurricane, some other natural disasters or an economic collapse, there needs to be a way to defuse that stress and help pass the time. No matter what the perfect storm is, I am positive these few things would work wonders to bring some tranquility to the situation in your home or a storm shelter. They will likely not all end up in bug out bags but for people preparing to “bug in” they will be priceless when an emergency situation strikes and you need a new option for entertainment.
At first this video does not seem as if it pertains to our topic but starting at 32 seconds she has some great ideas you could use to keep everyone occupied and morale high. Check it out:
There are of course many other things that need to be considered to help keep boredom away. What if it is summer or winter? Will the hot and cold make a difference? Playing catch would be a great activity in time of upheaval if it is summer but not so much if it is cold. Same with the type of clothes to have ready in your home. We will continue to address these issues eventually here in this site.