Staying Healthy During a Crisis

Keeping your mind and body healthy is important. A healthy mind and body are stronger and better equipped to handle stress and pressure. Not only should you prepare for unexpected crises, but you should know what to do while in one.

Whether you’re on the go with your bug-out bag or hunkered down, there are things you must stay aware of – such as your health.

Here’s how to survive a crisis by keeping your physical, mental and emotional health at peak levels.

Health Tip #1: Drink Plenty of Water. It’s simple and yet very important. Water keeps the body hydrated. If you find yourself constantly on the go during a crisis, the last thing you want is a cramp in your leg. Any good athlete will tell you that water helps prevent muscle cramps. Water also helps keep your mind alert. Without water, you can get dehydrated, which can lead to stomach pains, headaches, fevers, chills, seizures and even fatal complications.

Health Tip #2: Watch What You Eat. Not only should you eat enough food to keep your energy levels up, but you should also eat the right foods. Snacking on a bag of potato chips will only make you sluggish. Junk food can have the opposite effect that you’re looking to get out of food. Anything with high levels of processed sugar, such as candy, will give you a sugar rush. But you know what comes after a sugar rush? A crash. So keep your eating clean and healthy.

Health Tip #3: Warm-Ups. What would happen if a runner sprinted during a track meet with no type of preparation? He could pull a muscle or suffer serious injury. The body is a machine. Just like your car, it needs to be warmed up and well taken care of in order to perform well. In some disasters, you may be moving non-stop. In order to keep your momentum up, give yourself time to stretch and do light sprints. It’ll keep your muscles loose and warmed up.

Health Tip #4: Catch a Few ZZZ’s. If and when you have a moment, let yourself rest. Your body needs sleep to function properly. Studies show that sleep deprivation can lead to impaired brain activity. This means your decision-making abilities will get weaker when you haven’t slept enough. They are among the most important skills you need during a crisis. Lack of sleep also weakens the immune system. That means you’ll be more likely to get sick. Sleep deprivation can also make you more accident prone. Accidents and sickness are what you want to avoid at all costs during a crisis. Why make a trying time even more strenuous?

Health Tip #5: Monitor Your Thoughts. Thoughts are powerful. They influence your emotions. And your emotions can impair your judgment and impact your physical well-being. Practice positive and constructive thinking. Instead of focusing on the problem, become a problem solver. Solution-focused people are more successful. And that’s the exact type of person you want to be when you find yourself in trauma – one who can jump into action.

Health Tip #6: Meditate/Pray. Meditation and prayer can have a positive impact on your mental health, emotional health and physical health. Both promote inner peace. And while a crisis can be anything but calming, meditation and prayer can give you a silent strength to make it through the trauma. Many turn to meditation and prayer to increase focus, mental strength and emotional stability. All three traits are needed in a time of crisis.

Here are five snacks for your survival kit:

Snack #1: Blueberries. Blueberries are known to increase focus. Studies show that their compound triggers growth in new brain cells.

Snack #2: Granola. No wonder it’s such a popular breakfast food. Granola boosts energy, promotes proper organ function and increases cognitive activity.

Snack #3: Vitamin B12. Ditch the caffeine and grab some Vitamin B12 tablets. They help the brain and nervous system function properly. Many people get Vitamin B12 shots to give them natural energy.

Snack #4: Almonds. Pack a bag of almonds in your kit. Almonds are known to keep the mind alert.

Snack #5: Lemons Slices. Toss a sliced lemon in your water bottle. Lemons will add electrolytes – which will help keep you going.

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