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Learning Your Survival Instincts

What many of you won’t know is that your body has actually been hardwired to channel your inner survival instincts when you need them most. Having an understanding of these instincts beforehand could make a huge difference in the event of an unexpected disaster. You may have already seen tonnes of news reports highlighting the severe damage of the recent floods making it an important time to educate yourself on these survival instincts. In this article we will be taking a look at just a few of the instincts hardwired into our brain. It is these instincts that we need to be aware of before disaster strikes. (Source: survivalist instinct)


Fight or Flight

A phrase commonly used in a psychology, the fight or flight reaction refers to our response to threatening or dangerous situations. While many will channel their inner ‘flight’ when disaster strikes, a fair few of us will battle it out with no regard for the mental or physical troubles that lie ahead. Julia Layton of How Stuff Works outlines how the fight or flight response works:

“To produce the fight or flight response, the hypothalamus activates two systems: the sympathetic nervous system and the adrenal-cortical system. The sympathetic nervous system uses nerve pathways to initiate reactions in the body and the adrenal-cortical uses the bloodstream.”

In layman’s terms, what Julia is saying is that these changes in the body can stimulate a chemical reaction which may result in a significant increase in heart rate, dilated pupils, muscle tension and even a sudden burst of energy or adrenaline. In short, these symptoms are all designed to aid you in times when things get tough.

Surge of Adrenaline

As mentioned above, this reaction in your body can cause a sudden surge of temporary adrenaline which is also designed to see you through hard times. Although this sudden rush of adrenaline can have adverse effects such as high levels of anxiety and occasional heart palpitations as well as headaches, it can also award you a series of positive effects too. Dr David Harrison of Kid Power reports:

“As a result, adrenaline has the ability to increase speed and strength. It also decreases how much pain people feel. A large amount of adrenaline released into your system all at once causes what is often called an adrenaline rush, dump or surge.”

This rush of adrenaline can prove to come in handy if you find yourself in a dangerous situation or even in threatening occupations such as firefighting. Adrenaline can actually aid you in making quick-fire decisions that could save your life

Read Your Emotions

It may seem like a strange one, but being able to handle yourself emotionally can prove to be very beneficial when it comes to survival. Reading and controlling your emotions is an art that may take years to master. However, learning to work through the minute frustrations in life can help you when you’re faced with conflicting emotions in a time where survival depends on a cool head.

In the event of a disaster you are likely to encounter fear and learning how to deal with this fear in a rational way could be your ticket to survival. Further to this, fear is the emotion that fuels the fight or flight reaction so being able to deal with fear can prove beneficial in the long run. Don’t rely on split-second decisions alone though; if possible, you should always have a strategic plan devised ready for when disaster strikes.

These are just a few of the survival instincts you can get to know and whilst it is important to remember  that getting to know your inner survivor is of the upmost importance when it comes to severe floods and fires, accepting a helping hand post-flood is never something to be ashamed of. For those who need this helping hand, there are many companies who specialise in fire and flood restoration and they want to offer you their services so you can revive your home and quickly get back on your feet.

So, if you need a helping hand or even just some professional advice on how you can protect your home during floods and fires, we recommend that you get in touch with a specialist as soon as possible.