If you are prepared for unexpected things, you will notice you’ll feel much more peaceful and calm throughout the day. Proper preparation makes sure you will bounce back much faster after a setback. It will turn you into a resilient and robust person.
When you fail to prepare, on the other hand, you will experience a constant feeling of underlying stress and anxiety that never seems to quiet down. It can even disturb your sleep patterns and dreams.
Therefore, you need to know how to be prepared for anything.
What can you do to prepare yourself?
The first recommendation is to sit down in a quiet environment with a pen and paper and develop your action plan. The government has emergency plans in place for our country, so why not create an `emergency` plan for our own lives?
It is proven scientifically, that someone who feels prepared, performs much better for the task at hand. The most important reason for this is that a thorough preparation will give you peace of mind. If you are stressed out and anxious, you won’t perform as well as when you feel relaxed and at ease.
I am sure you have experienced this in your own life. For example, a lot of people can perform very well at work when they are alone, but the moment someone starts to lurk over them, they become nervous and mess up. Your brain needs to be in a relaxed state to perform at its best. And a proper preparation is one of the best ways to put your mind at ease.
Put yourself first.
Firstly you need to start with yourself. It might seem odd to some of you who are caregivers to children or other living creatures to put yourself first. But it is crucial to think of your own needs first. Because when your individual needs aren’t met, you aren’t capable of taking care of others. So let’s go ahead and write down which necessities your body needs to function to the best of its ability. For example:
- 8 to 9 hours of sleep
- heating (if you live in a cold climate)
Write everything down and make a list as detailed as possible. For example, for the food, if you need to eat wheat-free for some reason, write down which foods need to be wheat-free.
Now it is time for the rest of your family.
Write a list of all living creatures that rely on you.
- farm animals
After you have written a list of all their names, make the same inventory for each individual as you did for yourself. What basic needs do those creatures need to function to the best of their ability?
What else needs your attention?
I am sure you have other non-biological organisms that still need your constant daily attention. It is imperative to include these in your plan too, as these things can be the cause of continuous stress if they aren’t taken care of.
Make a list of everything that needs your daily attention
- bills to pay
- Facebook groups or Facebook pages you run
Now it is time to write behind every item on your list what minimal effort needs to be done to keep everything up and running.
Design your actual action plan
After you have performed all the exact steps mentioned above, you will have a detailed inventory of what is needed to keep yourself, your family, and your life running. Now it is time to build an actual action plan.
To give yourself an idea of how to create it, you can think like this. Imagine you would be unable to leave your house for four weeks due to sickness, and there was no one else in the house to help you out, which systems would you need to have in place to keep your life up and running. Which supplies do you need to have, for example:
- household supplies
- heating/lightening supplies
- drinking water
Imagine there is no electricity or gas for a few weeks, which supplies do you need to have then, how much cash would you need in your wallet for you, your family and animals to survive for a month?
Picture that you are cut off from the outside world for a few weeks due to a natural disaster, what would you need to survive?
If you have listed that down, make sure you stock up on these supplies gradually. You don’t need to spend your entire pay-check on this immediately, make sure you build a gradual supply of all these necessities. Do this in the same way you would stock up on money in your savings account, buy a few extra things each month until you have gathered your emergency supply.
Create optimal solutions for every other thing that needs to be taken care of in your life. Ask yourself: what automated features can I wield to keep everything else up and running when I am absent for a while. Think of things like:
For example: when you are a blogger, make sure you are about one month ahead on writing your blog posts so you can use an automated upload schedule. Therefore, when the articles keep getting published with the automated upload, you can easily be absent for a few weeks without anyone noticing. Another tip is to get your bills on auto pay, so you don’t have to worry about that anymore.
You want to think of a system for each item on the list that will keep things running, in case, you would be absent for a couple of weeks.
Determine your backup
If you find yourself in a peculiar financial position at the moment, and you don’t see a possibility to buy extra supplies or have extra cash in the house, the task of buying supplies and extra food can seem daunting. If this is the case for you, you can find some backup people that are willing to help you out.
Make sure you have a list handy of people that can lend you money in case of disaster and discuss this with them in advance. The same goes for people who can take care of your responsibilities and shores when you are, for example, bedridden for a few weeks due to disease or an accident. Contact these people in advance and ask them if they would be willing to help you out with specific tasks.
For example: if you have someone in your circle of friends who is particularly fond of your dog, ask them if they would be prepared to take care of your dog for you in case of an emergency.
You can think of ways you can help them out in return when they need a hand. Make a list of the things you would like to help them out with before you ask them to be on your backup list. If you, for example, love cooking, cleaning, taking care of animals, or DIY shores, you can propose a trade. And you can be each others backup in case of emergency.
The key to peace of mind
If you have written out your action plan and you have creative solutions in place in case of disaster, you will feel much more relaxed and peaceful. If you have peace of mind that everything will be taken care of in case something happens, you won’t feel anxious thinking: oh no, what if something happens to me, then what? No, you will be much more relaxed once you have thought out in advance which solutions are possible in case of an emergency.
Do it NOW!
When you develop your emergency plan when everything is fine, you are clear-minded and will come up with creative solutions. Don’t wait until it is too late, and the emergency is already occurring. Start immediately so you can reap the benefits by feeling much more relaxed and calm because you now know there are solutions in place.
In case, you are in an unfortunate situation now, and you already feel anxious, make sure you read my article on how to stay in balance here before you commence with your action plan. In this way, you will feel much more at ease, and you will soon have a reassuring action plan and know how to be prepared for anything else to come.
I am looking forward to reading what action steps you are going to include in your plan. Write them down in the comments below so you can inspire others!