Survival skills will only get you so far when you are in the outdoors and forced to survive on your own. While having knowledge and skills about how to survive in the wilderness will help, you must also be mentally prepared to succeed. People lost in the wilderness experience feelings of helplessness, fright, and anger if they allow themselves to do so.
These emotions must be put away and a steady head must be maintained in order to survive the experience of being totally on your own. Should you ever find yourself in a situation like this, the following tips will help you to remain alert and focused on your environment.
A positive mindset is primarily important. Many survivors' stories talk of how they kept on believing that they would either be able to figure out a way to extricate themselves or that help would arrive on time. It is unlikely that you will be able to find the inner resources you require to help you deal head-on with the problems that come up if you do not believe in your own abilities.
No matter how bleak the situation looks, it is important to tell yourself that you will survive this experience and that everything will work out fine. You will be better equipped to help yourself with this mindset.
In addition, you must have the resolve to do whatever it takes to survive, no matter what it takes. For example, you may have to eat plants, bugs, or insects. When you are prepared to do whatever it takes, you will increase your drive and ability to survive. In order to increase your chances of survival, resolve to do everything you can and never stop pushing yourself.
You may have to learn how to eat disgusting looking things found in the wilderness such as insects and worms in order to nourish yourself, or spoon with a buddy at night in order to remain warm. The truth of the matter is that if you are able to maintain a mindset that allows you to do what you need to do to survive, you will increase your chances of living to see another day.
Fill your mind with inspirational thoughts to keep your thoughts straight and clear when you are lost in the wilderness. Think about the stories you have heard throughout your life of other people who found themselves lost and alone and remember how they were able to dig into themselves and find the resources necessary to return home safe and sound.
These thoughts help you to maintain a better outlook on your situation and will keep you motivated to continue on until you either escape or are rescued.
In addition, think about the people in your life and all of your reasons to keep living. Thinking about loved ones elevates your resolve and helps you to do your best in the situation. Think about your family members including your spouse, children, and parents and your friends.
Thoughts of the people you love will give you the drive you need to focus on overcoming the obstacles and will give you the drive to keep moving on in order to return safely back to the people that you love. These thoughts of friends and family will help you to maintain focus and clarity of purpose as you struggle through the ordeal.
Always be prepared so that if you are ever in a survival situation, you will be in the right state of mind. If you do so, you will find yourself back in the comfort and warmth of your home and will be clear-headed enough to be able to use the correct techniques when you are lost in the wilderness.