(ModernSurvival.org) – The coronavirus pandemic swept through the world like a tidal wave. Not only did the virus infect people; it dealt massive blows to economies across the globe. Recent revelations from the World Health Organization (WHO) show that COVID-19 had an impact on nearly all facets of life, including mental health.
WHO says global anxiety and depression increased 25% due to COVID-19 pandemic https://t.co/GX1mtqldtr
— Fox News (@FoxNews) March 10, 2022
According to a recent brief from the WHO, social isolation during the first year of the pandemic caused stress levels to elevate much higher than normal. This in turn led to increases in depression and anxiety. In fact, their new numbers indicate these mental health issues increased by 25 percent worldwide.
Alongside the isolation, WHO claims that fear of the virus infecting one’s family or oneself also contributed to the increase. Other factors include financial worries, grief, and exhaustion from being overworked.
While the pandemic appears to be winding down, the aftermath is likely to stretch on for quite some time — including its negative impact on mental health. Couple these lingering effects with the issues likely to spring forth from the situation in Ukraine, and it’s more obvious than ever before that setting aside emergency supplies is a good investment.
Not only is prepping a good way to ease the pains associated with disasters such as the panic buying seen during the pandemic, but it may also be a key component to defending one’s mental health.
Is Prepping Good for Your Health?
The prepping lifestyle is meant to prepare a person to face an emergency situation and come out alive. Obviously, prepping will be good for one’s health in the event of an actual disaster, but what about in the meantime? Does the act of prepping create any benefit to a person’s physical and mental health? Read on to find out.
Physical Benefits of Prepping
The first line of defense any person has in an emergency situation is their own body. Thus, most preppers become hyper-aware of what it takes to keep a body healthy before and after a disaster. They know that going into a bad situation out of shape is going to put them at a major disadvantage, which is why most preppers take proactive steps to ensure they remain healthy — such as exercising and maintaining a healthy diet.
Even those who don’t fully embrace strict exercise and diets still tend to engage in activities that are beneficial to their health. Many of the skills that preppers value (such as fire starting, foraging, shelter building, etc.) need hands-on training and practice, which inadvertently provides exercise. Most also require at least some time outdoors, which provides a vitamin D boost from the sun.
Mental Health Benefits
One of the often-overlooked benefits of becoming a prepper is an increase in confidence. Prepping creates a sense of readiness, which in turn leads to increased peace of mind. The more a person learns how to handle the worst life can throw at them, the more confident they become in themselves and their abilities.
Prepping is also a fantastic way to relieve stress. Sitting on a stockpile of food, water and basic necessities means fewer trips to the grocery store and more time to focus on learning new skills or spending time on hobbies.
The variety of handyman skills that preppers learn make them self-reliant, which in turn saves them money on home repairs, mechanics, and more. This eases the financial burdens most people face in this day and age, giving preppers more freedom with their money (which might be the ultimate stress reliever).
In short, prepping is good for both the body and the mind. If that isn’t enough to sell you on embracing a prepper lifestyle, check out our article on reasons to prep even if nothing ever happens to see additional reasons why everyone should become a prepper.
~Here’s to Your Survival!
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