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What is Prepping?

Many people out in the world are “prepping” nowadays. Many are fanatics and current or ex-militants out there who insist they know everything. That is not always the case. With the fear-mongering and everything else going on many forget the true reason the lifestyle exists. These reasons are why this blog’s tone is “prepping for everyone.”

As a writer for natural wellness, I believe that being prepared can be just as important as keeping yourself healthy. In this world, if something was to happen knowing how to take care of yourself and your family can mean life or death. Even if it was a simple natural desaster.

I will attempt to keep this blog non-religious, but I will suggest that interfaith communication is essential. In an emergency, I do not believe religion should be a reason to promote hate. To survive, people need to (eventually) come together as one to bring civilization back. However, this will not be the case. There are so many people set in their ways it will be impossible to work together.

New Blog Posts

Since there are only so many subjects I can write about in natural wellness, I will add prepping posts to my blog. The way I see wellness is the same as I see prepping and living a life where you can live a healthy life and lower the prescription medication as much as possible. Skills learned in wellness will be integral to a worst-case scenario with a little help from outside sources.

I mean to be neutral and not preachy. I am not against guns, but I will write about the subject in the most logical way possible. I am a beginner myself, and on a meager budget. I will research posts, write them from practice, and in the review.

Gardening and living off the natural land will play a significant part. My primary experience is on this subject. I will learn how to hunt eventually with bows and slingshots along with other devices that are reusable.

I hope that you can enjoy this blog and please do not be afraid to comment on ideas for subjects and such. Thank you.

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Why Prep?

Prepping is a phenomenon going across the world where people stockpile gear and food in the case of a disaster. I have studied this “craze,” as some would call it, and I realized there is a lot of things that make these people seem a bit too “crazy.” I do not think the idea in itself is that way. So, you may ask me, why prep?

It is a good idea to prepare in case of some emergencies. Too many times have I seen people before a snow storm go nuts on food shopping and such. The same type of thing happens all around. Prepping does not have to mean being prepared for the world ending as we know it or “SHTF” as they call it. A worst-case scenario could be a snowstorm that could last for days or as harsh as a natural disaster that could destroy the homes of so many.

However, many preppers spend hundreds and thousands of dollars to prepare. Something that many, like me, cannot do. I am a poor, older University student with learning and mental disabilities along with a chronic pain condition. Nothing is said by most of these preppers about people in my position except that we will not survive. I am here to prove that we can survive. We need to work on getting ourselves in shape, know our limits, and find out what we are good at doing.

For those of us who barely have anything to spare, budgeting and finding cheaper ways to prep is important.

Budgeting

There are a lot of things that are overlooked at the Dollar Tree in particular that are perfect for prepping. Food, hygiene products, first aid, and even some minor tools can be used for gear. There are a lot of non-perishable items that are lightweight and can be used in a stockpile as well. Hygiene is vital for staying healthy, but the little things of first aid are essential as well.

They don’t have as high quality as a drugstore would have, but at the same time, it’s good to have these things because who knows when you would need it. From experience, the medications they sell are very good. In a pinch, these medications will work better than nothing.

Gear

Now as far as gear and items go, there are a lot of things that can be used. Something as simple as a plastic tablecloth or bath curtain with some shoelaces can create an emergency shelter if needed. Zip ties are sold there. They are not extremely strong, but at the same time, they work very well when you need to save money. Trash bags are something that can be used for various things, and if you look hard enough, you can find name brands. The same can be said for aluminum foil.

During the spring and summer months, they have various water bottles. Granted, they are plastic, but it is better than having nothing. As for water purifying, the only thing I have heard that works is a small amount of bleach.

My personal favorite parts of learning how to prep is making fires and cooking. There is an entire aisle in most Dollar Trees that sell candles as well as lighters and matches. In the party section, you can also find small propane candle (things) that can be used with the aluminum pans that can be found in the cooking section.

Recommendations

As much as people knock down the idea of buying cheap kits on Amazon. Yet, it is still a great start if you don’t have too much money to start with. I bought a simple kit from there. Some things were not workable, but at the same time, everything could be used. Even if it’s just a small kit that can be put into a bag you use every day, it is better than having nothing if some kind of emergency comes up. 

anxiety, chronic pain, Mental Health, wellness

Gaming Therapy

There is one hobby that so many people overlook wellness. Video game therapy. Gaming therapy is something that helps me in my daily life when things get a little too stressful. Being able to bring the mind into an interactive world where I can hunt and kill enemies. Now that is something that can relieve stress.

With systems such as the Wii, virtual reality, and other gaming platforms, there are even more ways to get up and move. Technically, there are lots of ways to cheat at these games, but if you do it correctly, there should be no excuse to have fun in an interactive world while getting up to move. For someone with a chronic pain condition, like myself, these types of games are perfect if you want to get exercise without straining your body.

My favorite genre of games to play are the JRPG games such as the Final Fantasy series and Kingdom Hearts. Just as with reading books or watching movies, fantasy video games can help you escape from reality. That is something that allows people who stress out easily to find comfort in fantasy video games.

With Kingdom Hearts III finally releasing this week, I am excited to see how all the previous games come together. One big theme about this series is the struggle between darkness and light. It’s the perfect comparison for those struggling with mental health issues. Darkness would represent the various dark thoughts that come to mind. The never-ending struggle to find the light in the everyday stress is something I can see fans of the series can relate to. It is not just a series. It reflects humanity and my own mental struggle with anxiety.

Playing the Game

If you are interested in the series of Kingdom Hearts, and have yet to play the games this is the perfect time to get into them. There is a single game disc called Kingdom Hearts: Story So Far that holds all the games along with cutscene movies to catch up with the series. If you’re already a fan, I hope we can all enjoy Kingdom Hearts III

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Social Time

One thing I feel is vital with wellness is using social time. As humans, we need social interaction to function. For me, as an only child, being social with others is essential. I did not have that kind of communication when I was growing up.

Being social with friends and those you care about, physically, can help to ensure those negative thoughts from coming to you. At least that is my experience. With my anxiety, loneliness does more harm than good. All or most of my friends are usually busy, live too far away, or there are only certain times where I can visit.

However, the unfortunate side of this is that because I am an Empath, I become exhausted. Being “too” social can be an issue too especially for those who are introverts. The best thing to do is to find a balance. You need to know when you need to be social and when to be alone to decompress.

Since I spend a lot of time by myself lately, I am so happy that I will spend time with my partner this week. We may only have a small amount of time, but this time is precious. I talk to them every day online, but it is so much different from seeing them in person. When I look at them in person, I can hold them, kiss them, and embrace them. It is something you cannot do while on the other line of an internet connection or phone.

If you want to learn more about anything social or find tips on how to get more physically social, Amazon has books that might interest you.

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Natural Asthma Relief

Asthma is a condition that affects the lungs and can be deadly if not treated or maintained. I have a mild case of this ailment. My food and pollen allergies usually trigger it. However, in the winter months and when my chronic symptoms flares are when I have the most attacks. The cold air makes it harder to breathe which is why I cannot do much activity outside. When I need to go out, I can usually manage as long as I take my inhaler before I leave. Despite this, I still have symptoms, and my chest feels tight. I am now looking into a more natural asthma relief.

Earlier this week, was one of those days. The doctor’s office is close to my home. When I missed the bus, and I did not feel like waiting in the cold, I walked. I took my Ventolin before I left the house, but my chest still felt tight as I walked. My pace was slow. Focusing on my breathing to make sure I took deep breaths through my nose rather than my mouth helped very much. As I walked is when I thought of ideas to manage my asthma naturally and everything else.

Medication and Naturals

As I stated before, I have prescription “Ventolin” to manage my emergency symptoms. I can also take it before exercising that I know would cause an attack. I also found that over the counter external medication such as a chest rub such as “Vick’s Vapor Rub” or some other generic brand helps to ease the symptoms. Colds and allergies, I found trigger my asthma.

Taking turmeric and ginger. There are a few tea combinations of the two.

The best way I keep myself healthy is mixing teas depending on needs. I either create my loose tea with herbs and tea leaves from packets or put in a few different tea bags in one cup. It may sound counter-intuitive to mix tea bags, but it can make a strong tea that helps to get rid of the things that ail you. Natural asthma relief is important so that if you can better manage your symptoms.