Prepping? Don’t forget your fidget spinner!

Prepping a stockpile of supplies and kit ready for the worst is not hard. But while you are preparing physically, are you ready for the mental challenge?

Prepping - The Art Of Readiness

The Fidget Spinners, patented in 1993 by Catherine Hettinger have recently soared in popularity.  It’s not clear if we should attribute their current success to her, but she probably made them first.  Originally designed as a stress toy for medical purposes, they have recently shot into fashion.  There are not many children in the US or UK that aren’t playing with them at the moment.

The Sociable Human

It’s easy to dismiss the small things when prepping for the worst to happen, but it is important to consider all angles when prepping.  Do you have everything ready to endure a [number of] days off the grid?  Will your family be with you?  Will you see your friends?  Maybe, but maybe not.

Humans are by nature sociable.  We crave each others company and feel a need to be around others.  Generally speaking, we work and succeed better as a team.  If you have lived your life with your family and friends, you may well be in for a shock when it comes to the end of days.

As a rule of thumb, items for prepping are listed using the following order of importance.  A kind of “this is the way I would do things to ensure I keep going for as long as possible”.  I’ve gathered top lists from around 15 prepping sites and made a list of the order of importance placed upon each of the items required when prepping.

  • Water
  • Food
  • Security / Shelter
  • Hygiene / First Aid
  • Cooking
  • Lighting / Power
  • Tools
  • Sanitation
  • Communication
  • Entertainment

There are some differences in list position when it comes to things like security, shelter, lighting & first aid.  However, the overriding bottom of the list is (in over 95% of cases), entertainment.  On some lists, entertainment doesn’t even get a mention.

You are 26% more likely to die if you are alone

It is a little-known fact that even living in a comfortable environment with all our grid facilities available; you are still 26% more likely to die sooner if you are continually alone.  There are of course many reasons for this, with the obvious one being accidents that nobody is there to see, but not in all cases.

Our desperate need for stimulation and companionship causes our brains to begin the process of shutting down if we expose ourselves to long periods of loneliness.   Remember, I am talking about loneliness brought about by mental solitude, not being alone.  There is a great difference between being alone, and being lonely.

Say hello, fidget spinner (or similar).

There are more in-depth posts that we could write on the subject of the psychology of loneliness, but that isn’t for here.

The point here is that even something as simple as a fidget spinner could make the difference between staying sane, or giving up.  That tiny little thing that could take your mind off your situation for just a few seconds and distract you from what is happening around you.

Going back to the sites I was reviewing; even the entertainment section was limiting itself to self-destructing items.  You may be stuck where you are for days [weeks/months/years], so answering honestly, would you want to take a DVD?  It would certainly keep you occupied for an hour or so.  Maybe, if you could watch it a few times without being bored it would entertain you for a week or two, but realistically, its life is limited.

If doesn’t have to be a fidget spinner, but items of entertainment do need to be simple, easy to pick up and put down and long lasting.

Some ideas:

  • Fidget spinner
  • Football
  • Stress toy
  • Frisbee

You get the idea.  Things that can be picked up and put down quicky and often, if all you crave is a little distraction.

We would love to hear from anybody with thoughts on this.  If you agree or disagree with this point of view, or have other non-destructive items that would be good on the list, let us know.

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