The fight to survive mentally – mental fitness

After experiencing a traumatic experience such as being held captive in a hostage or kidnap situation, it is important to keep your mind fit and healthy.

Here are some tips on how you can fight to survive mentally in a hostile environment by keeping your priorities straight and not losing hope.

What would you do if you were stuck in a deserted hostile environment with little to no food, no shelter and no idea of your location? Well, most people would panic at the first instance; however, the right approach to this scenario would be to stay mentally fit. Besides avoiding getting captured, it is also important to learn how to survive mentally in case you do get captured. In this article we are going to briefly discuss mental fitness in a hostile environment.

Strong mental fitness:
In kidnap scenarios, only the strong will survive. Often, the biggest obstacles captives face is psychological obstacles. They are drawn deep into the fear of the unknown, stressing over things that are beyond your control, anger at being trapped in the dilemma and blame. It important to remember that these feelings are normal, however, dwelling on these feelings can be overwhelming. If you continue to engage in these negative feelings, you can be paralyzed by depression and indecisiveness.

At the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg, the vast Army base where soldiers train for three years to join Special Forces, they practice and suggest the SERE stage which stands for Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape. The instructors of SERE advise that you should keep your priorities straight which include your major needs such as food, water and shelter.

Since surviving takes practice and whilst the ability to make fire is a great lifesaver, here is the survival acronym the Army’s uses according to Special Forces in the USA:

S -Size up the situation
U – Use all your senses
R – Remember where you are
V – Vanquish fear and panic
I – Improvise
V – Value living.
A – Act like the natives.
L – Live by your wits

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