Useful Survival Methods

Useful Survival Methods

useful survival methods

Why is it that some people are able to survive a life threatening situation and other become a complete mess and ultimately die?

What is it that differentiates the 'men' from the 'boys' and gives you that fighting chance of surviving.

This article is a very basic outline of useful survival methods that anyone can adapt for their own circumstances.

Your Mind Is Your Biggest Survival Tool

Just about every account of personal survival documents an ultimate 'will to survive' regardless of the odds.
That 'never say die' mental attitude comes from deep within your mind - some people have it, others don't..!

If you can adopt the right mindset from the start of any disaster, it is possible to turn a negative situation into a positive one and greatly increase your chances of surviving.

useful survival methods
useful survival methods

This 'will to survive' is without doubt your most useful survival tool, and the simplest, cheapest and easiest to carry around in any disaster or emergency situation - don't leave home without it..!!!!

Mind training for survival is something everyone can achieve, regardless of your financial or social status.

From a pure preppers point of view, we mentally prepare for end of world disasters as a matter of course. Planing and even practicing procedures should such an event happen - we are one step ahead of Joe Public already.....  

By stockpiling supplies and equipment, you are reducing the mental stresses that occurs in a disaster by knowing you only have to deal with the present, actual situation, instead of having to backtrack and get yourself to a 'ready' state.

Practice runs reduce the 'what ifs' and tune your mind into knowing that a successful outcome is possible. 

Techniques And Useful Survival Methods

The old saying 'When The Going Gets Tough - The Tough Get Going', rings so very true when it comes to the mental survival mindset. So the first technique to survival is:

  • Stay calm, get a grip and access the situation.
  • Put your mind in a calm, controlled position
  • Disassociate yourself with the situation you are in and dismiss the fear factor.
  • Apply Controlled Adaption to your disaster situation - do not try to 'fix' everything at once. 



Regardless of the disaster or survival situation, your first response to the situation you find yourself in, is to actually accept that situation as real, and believe it is actually happening to you.

When your reality becomes unknown and uncomfortable it messes with your mind:
Cognitive Dissonance happens when that reality becomes uncomfortable and doesn't sit right.
The consequences of this can lead you to actually believe your situation is false - this means you have now put yourself into a false sense of security, simply to maintain your comfort zone.

Regardless of the disaster/survival scenario, the most important useful survival method is to actually ACCEPT what is or has happened to you. Accepting the fact that you are in a potentially dangerous situation can be a lot tougher than you may think..!

Remember - our mind will try to trick you and keep you calm. It is hard wired to protect you from any trauma: mental or physical.

Journalist, Amanda Ripley,  explains the principles of Cognitive Dissonance in her book after researching why and how people survive disasters.

In short, the ability to accept that a disaster is real and act immediately, is core to a higher survival rate and leads you swiftly into the second phase:


Now you have accepted the fact that you are in a survival, do or die, situation it is necessary to make a plan.

Preppers have a different mindset to many. You will have various plans for other doomsday scenarios already prepared and ready to put into action should something happen.

So people simply add to these plans every time they go somewhere different - the only difference is they employ more situation awareness and cultivate various plans for their immediate environment.

Something as simple as knowing the fire exits and escape routes of least resistance - a simple bit of observational knowledge, but essentially a plan should a you need one for escape.

Training yourself to get into a habit of observing and absorbing the information around you, before any situation happens will greatly help you to formulate a plan.
That way you don’t waste time assimilating information as the disaster is taking place.
Having taken the time observing the specifics, will put you several steps ahead and you don't have to use up 'thinking time' because you’ve already done so automatically.

Having accepted the situation and planned for an outcome leaves you free to finally act on ensuring your survival.


This is the phase that will essentially save your life. Your mind is in the right pace for action due to phase 1 & 2, Accept & Plan:

It is now time for Action -

This can be easier said than done.!
These useful survival methods can be scuppered by a simple human reaction to the whole situation, namely the 'freeze' response.

The 'freeze' response, also called 'tonic immobility' is a science on it's own and a biological impulse that can potential kill you.

The useful book by Gilmore Crosby, Fight, Flight or Freeze, is well worth a look to understand the whole biological response to this phenomenon:

However, by thinking through steps 1 & 2, Accept & Plan, you can develop the ability to override the freeze response and allow your natural survival mode to take over.

In any emergency situation - hesitation can kill - the quicker you proceed through 1 & 2 and then take action, the more likely you are of escaping and surviving the potentially life threatening situation. 

  • Also be aware: Sometimes actually hiding or 'to freeze' is the best plan in that particular situation.
  • Sometimes it is very necessary to stop and double check and re-assess. 

These useful survival methods can mean the difference between life or death in a disaster situation - many people do not survive and lack the ability to think straight for the exact reasons mentioned above - they run around like headless chickens simply adding to the chaos and confusion.

You do not want to be one of them.!

Preppers know the importance of planning.
By applying these principles above it can only help improve your skill set and make you even more prepared for disaster.

Happy Prepping Folks.


Steve Hart UK Preppers Guide

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    • Tone on November 26, 2016 at 8:02 pm
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    STOP is a good method to mentally acclimatise to an event without shutting down or going into panic mode in many instances. Stop what you are doing! Think about what is happening in the moment. Observe what is happening! Plan! this does not have to take long – seconds in some instances is enough. Hours in other situations suits. Acronyms are all well and good but whatever you do thinking things thru for a few seconds or minutes can you loads of grief later – good article btw.

    • Chris. on June 22, 2016 at 9:15 pm
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    HI, Been looking into Prepping for sometime now, time to get started………. Thanks!!

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