I have toyed with the idea for a while now to do a bi-monthly post in which I pose some questions or thoughts to the AP readership and get their feedback and ideas on it. I know that AP has a diverse and educated readership and I am very interested in seeing your responses (as would the rest of your fellow prepared citizens).

For this inaugural post, I thought I would expand upon a comment I made a few days ago on JC Dodge’s “Murica” post. I know that for nearly everyone in the Preparedness community, burn out is a real thing. This burn out could be for a wide variety of reasons:

  • Being pulled in too many directions
  • Getting overwhelmed in another area of your life – job, family, etc
  • Feeling like everything you are doing is pointless anyways
  • Having a To-Do list a mile long and never seeming to make progress on it

I experience this too. I started off the year going to a bunch of training with NC Scout as well as making some progress on things at the house. Between a house move and a side job picking up, however, I soon found my capacity overwhelmed and began to get slightly discouraged. I felt like I was stuck at an impasse and could not dig myself out to make progress on the preps. A few weeks ago, I had a three day weekend from work and imbibed my fair share of Jim Beam at a bunch of family gatherings we had. It was waking up the next day after all of this that I got my proverbial “slap in the face” and instantly got refocused. It was almost like my mind said “okay Patriotman, you had your fun party time – now get back to the grind”. I soon found that my PT and workouts were getting back to the old intensity. My To-Do list suddenly started to actually move in the right direction and shorten. I was back on my game and ready to do work.

This isn’t an isolated incident. This happens to me a couple times a year, when for a few weeks I just give myself a mental freedom binge and get my wilder crazier side out of my system. It seems to keep me moving forward on the right path. Sometimes, it manifests itself as a couple nights of drinking and playing video games (Counter Strike, if you are curious). But it really helps me with keeping myself going (as counter intuitive as that sounds).

I am sure that there are those out there who don’t need to do such a thing. I suspect it depends on their previous lifestyles and history, but I am not mental health expert. I certainly applaud anyone who can do that, but I don’t think that most of us fall into that category.

So my questions are:

  1. What do you do to avoid getting burned out from your preparedness activities?
  2. If you do get burned out, how do you deal with it? How do you get yourself back into the game?

I know that I am not the only one who gets discouraged and overwhelmed from time to time. I want to hear your experiences with this topic, so please share in the comments. As for the theme song for this post, I don’t think there is one more fitting:


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God Bless, and enjoy your weekend!