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Title: Mental Preparedness
Post by: Ed Douglas on April 24, 2010, 08:52:13 AM
In "The Art of War" preparedness didn't only include physical means of preparation, it also meant the mental, or psychological preparation. This will be one of the harshest topics to be covered. Especially those of us with children. Before battle, Sun Tzu tried to prepare in any possible scenario that could arise. To survive the coming events, it will take a mental "toughness" that even the ones that have seen combat in the military, will have to go beyond. Sun Tzu said " If you stand by the river long enough,the body of your enemy will float by". Well, the body of your friend, or neighbor, or kids that your kids were friends with., can float by, also.  Animals, people, and things not even thought of, can be part of the destruction, that will be widespread, And survivors will be the ones that can psychologically handle it all and "embrace the horror". Remember, that the prediction is that over a third of those that survive the destruction, will die from other things. One will be shock.  I know that what I saw in combat will seem like a tea party compared to the destruction we will see. What can we do to be prepared for these upcoming possibilities?
Title: Re: Mental Preparedness
Post by: Yowbarb on April 24, 2010, 10:39:24 AM
In "The Art of War" preparedness didn't only include physical means of preparation, it also meant the mental, or psychological preparation. This will be one of the harshest topics to be covered. Especially those of us with children. Before battle, Sun Tzu tried to prepare in any possible scenario that could arise. To survive the coming events, it will take a mental "toughness" that even the ones that have seen combat in the military, will have to go beyond. Sun Tzu said " If you stand by the river long enough,the body of your enemy will float by". Well, the body of your friend, or neighbor, or kids that your kids were friends with., can float by, also.  Animals, people, and things not even thought of, can be part of the destruction, that will be widespread, And survivors will be the ones that can psychologically handle it all and "embrace the horror". Remember, that the prediction is that over a third of those that survive the destruction, will die from other things. One will be shock.  I know that what I saw in combat will seem like a tea party compared to the destruction we will see. What can we do to be prepared for these upcoming possibilities?

Ed this is just a few ideas. This topic you have created is a very important one.
These thoughts will be important in the future.
These do go through my mind too.
RE emotional preparedness one of the battles is how to be able to prepare your group. Grandkids are kept sheltered. Grandma already censors herself plenty. At some point I will need to say basically, "OK kiddos this is what could happen. You need to toughen up your mind, get up your confront as a spiritual being. The point is to survive, not freak out or panic or run off. " Especially the young ones
need to not freak out they need to focus and stay with their group, follow instructions, and even before that, they need have some clue what could happen.

The main problem I envision is too many chiefs and too many opinions and too many attempts to dominate. There needs to be a clarity of vision and an intention to cooperate within the group. "Right from the get go."
Roles, jobs, these will need to be sorted. Someone needs to have the final say and that person does not have to be the one with the loudest voice or the most testosterone. A second in command and a bunch of people responsible for certain areas. These will absolutely be needed.
People do not have halos so there will undoubtedly be difference of opinions, spats, power trips. The one with the last word does need to be in charge. It cannot be overly much of a democracy, not during the time when people are entering the shelter, getting settled in, during the crossover and immediately afterward. It cannot be overly easy going -not when the survival of the whole group and all their possessions and the chances at future survival are at stake.
Representative democracy can kick in more in the aftertimes.

Just from a purely physical standpoint I feel like I want to have these things in with my survival group.
Small portable heart resuscitation kit in the bugout vehicle both front and back seat. People need to know it is there what it is for
and how to press the button open it up and use it.
Ed, I don't have a clear idea of the shock but it seems to me shock could kill a person, all right. Noises, earth movement maybe these alone could cause some people to faint. There could easily be miscarriages or premature births. Sad but true.

I feel people have a fighting chance if their heart can be started again and if there is oxygen.
Lori mentioned wanting to get nurses training. What a great idea.
A complete crash cart is pretty expensive but it would be a good addition to a large group of people.

The other thing I envision is the breathing problems. Simple asphyxiation from dust; foods or liquids going down the wrong pipe, eating while rushing around or upset. People need to at least do the Heimlich. Every single member who is in a bugout vehicle, on the land
working, inside the shelter etc. Every one needs their own mask even if a small one. Everyone needs their own canteen around their neck.
There has to be a couple people at least able to rise above the chaos and see what is going on and if there are emergencies -they will need to jump in and attend to them. The presence of mind to do this is what it takes..
The idea is to help one another to survive.
Some of these are physical preparedness suggestions, ultimately they all trace back to some concept of mental preparedness...
More later.
- Yowbarb
Title: Re: Mental Preparedness
Post by: Ed Douglas on April 24, 2010, 12:47:08 PM
Barb, it seems like you have given this subject some prior thought. I commend you. One of the main reasons I brought this up, is that a lot of folks are thinking and preparing to survive the initial events, but are not preparing for the aftermath, which is as important, if not more important. What will people eat when the storage is gone, and the ground is burnt? What will they drink? Water will deplete faster than food, and water is more important for survival. What will they tell the children that will see the dead people and animals, and all of the chemicals and material objects poisoning the water? It is difficult to determine how much you want the children to be "toughened up". I do know that we can't keep them totally protected. I will say this; one of the things that make the US Marines different than the other branches of the service,(all over the globe), is their psychological training and attitude. I was in the USMC, during the Vietnam conflict. The training we received was focused on trying to psychologically breaking us. If you break in boot camp, you get discharged or put in the rear echelon. If you break in combat, you get several other Marines killed with you. This all must be taken into account, even when choosing what non-family members you will allow to be a part of your group. I feel that we are all gonna half to fight like the devil to just make it to 2012.
Title: Re: Mental Preparedness
Post by: Ed Douglas on April 25, 2010, 02:07:35 PM
At some point, our young ones will have to be taught, at least some basics. One, is that they must know not to drink bad water, or other fluids. Two, they must know about other foods, rotten or not. More advanced, they will need to know what plants are edible in the area, if there are any plants left. It is difficult to teach these things, in a short period of time. I am personally, going to buy books that cover these subjects, so they can read what to do, in case there is nobody around that knows how to show them. Other ideas?
Title: Re: Mental Preparedness
Post by: Yowbarb on April 25, 2010, 09:33:48 PM
Some young person there will need to be schooled in survival -at least to some  -degree
to help the kids in case they are the only ones left.
Title: Re: Mental Preparedness
Post by: Linda on April 26, 2010, 05:08:24 AM
Hi guys,
I had a link in "Teach your children well" on teaching them emergency plans. Maybe I should add something about actual long term survival skills for children.

Linda :)
Title: Re: Mental Preparedness
Post by: Ed Douglas on April 26, 2010, 07:50:53 AM
Not a bad idea, Linda. This topic here is more "shock and awe", of the psychological aspect of how to handle what's coming, and things that most people have never seen, and probably don't want to see. I don't think they will have a choice.
Title: Re: Mental Preparedness
Post by: Yowbarb on April 26, 2010, 11:20:23 AM
Very important concept, and as I said before there wil undoubtedly be differences of
opinions on what the poor darlings are allowed to know. Not knowing a thing can be far worse.
Title: Re: Mental Preparedness
Post by: Deathanyl on August 28, 2010, 10:44:22 AM
Some young person there will need to be schooled in survival -at least to some  -degree
to help the kids in case they are the only ones left.

Very good point  barb, as I have done this with my oldest and warn him of what his role is were i to fall, my other two friends who have children are doing the same with there eldest.

part of the training should involve several camping expeditions with the fam, get the children fishing, and older 8 and up cleaning the fish. even though i live in quiet non gun toting Canada i bought my eldest a bb gun and on this summers trip we worked on targeting and using sites. But like bill said it's important to have learning material for the time after in regards to plants and chemicals, it is not enough for you to know, just thing were you to not make it through but in 5 years your library is found!!!! if those who find it read then it was not for naught, as the knowledge is saved and at least one group will survive the fall out due to your preparations, the same for rural camps set up that will not be reached by those who set them up!

Part of the prep is to not shelter yourself now. Hunt, visit butcher shops, see if you can take a community college course on it, so you know how to make that bear or boar into food/ clothes. Exposure to the guts and blood now will steel you a lot against fright and you gain a skill, out in our west they have slaughter houses you can take tours on, i'm sure they'd have something like that near every where. It's like when training a war horse, you need to expose it to blood and loud sounds so it is accustom to it in battle, humans of today are the same. I know some would chalk it up to natural selection, but as one married to a woman I'm sure would never kill even a rabbit, i accept it's a common issue with humans of today, yet only 50 years ago most processed there own chickens...

Can we ever be sure we can be fully prepared.... NO i'm sure even a Vulcan like me would be crushed if i had to watch my fam be slow killed and cooked, and that could happen in the times of Chaos, I figure my only way to be prepared is acknowledging it could happen if i let my guard down or if I don't accept the fact that it can or dismiss it as an irrational fear. What will traumatize so many of the Sheeple who make it through is the sheer disbelief of the situation, Since many of us accept that some change is due soon, that should help, and if we can not be trapped in the cities where it will be the worst, seeing dead things and ruins should be not so bad, and Hollywood is exposing folks to the visions through several new movies hopefully enough of the survivors have seen them to have some of there sensitivity shed.
Title: Re: Mental Preparedness
Post by: noproblemo2 on August 28, 2010, 11:13:23 AM
Deathanyl you do make some very valid points here and I appreciate them. Has made me see some areas where I am lacking some needed future skills to survive. Thanks
Title: Re: Mental Preparedness
Post by: Deathanyl on August 28, 2010, 11:24:40 AM
NP Always rooting for the home team best of luck.
Title: Re: Mental Preparedness
Post by: neoslim on August 30, 2010, 01:09:35 PM
I'm glad someone brought up this topic of the importance of mental preparation. As I've stated in some of my other posts, I woke up in 2007, so then that means that so far I've had 3 long but short years to psychologically, mentally and emotionally prepare myself. When I first woke up I was intrigued and fascinated by what I had stumbled upon. So for the next year I studied my butt off. I studied various prophecies and such. In fact the studying never really ends as I am always stumbling upon new prophecies which all seem to reinforce the other. Although in the past year something has changed. I've now come to a physical preparation point. I am now storing food and water, and as of recently-weapons. There are many many things in this world that scare me, 2012 doesn't scare me as much as it gives me hope. However I know that the transitional phase from this age to the next (which we are currently undergoing by the way) will only get worse and worse. One of the things that scares me the most is when anarchy will set in, and the 'might makes right' and mob mentality that will take over many of those who survive. It will be good to know how to fire a gun, and hand to hand combat will be needed as well. A group of people that I foresee surviving the societal collapse will be these motorcycle gangs. A good number of them already live somewhat outside of the law and thus are less dependant upon society. We will have to face these people eventually.
Title: Re: Mental Preparedness
Post by: Yowbarb on October 18, 2010, 03:58:08 PM
To Deathanyl and also Neoslim,
belated response to your posts. You have made some very good points.
All The Best,
Yowbarb
Title: Re: Mental Preparedness
Post by: Deathanyl on October 22, 2010, 12:13:47 AM
Valid observation re biker/ outlaw survival other groups that will fare well but who may not be hostile, are religious communities, Amish, and "greenies" Also there will be plenty of survivors of both circumstance and chance, as well as those with military backgrounds, also foreigners from developing countries will fair far better then old stock and 2nd gen beyond north american/ Europeans.

And it is good to take advantage of the resources and  schools to learn now while they exist. All my kids can ride hores and swim two absolute nesessities, my eldest is in scouts if you got kids your crazy to not do thhem this service it might save your life. as an adult they have various survival training or you can even self train. many a mulitia or  gun club will accept new members and with it comes access to there ranges and lands.

But for the non violent or the older/ less physical i suggest not learning how to fight but how to hide. The Art of camouflage! And trap making, you'd be amazed at what you can fortify if you have the skills, and scraps. or like in the case of some survivors have a skill thats in valuable, i really have no worries personally as long as i live, even if my "place" is ground zero cause I'm an asset to any group as long as they speak english (even crappy) I can prove my worth. Learn how to preserve foods trade is a valuable skill but one needs to have something to trade and if it's something you generate all the better! so get good with wood, or making power out of a bike scraps and an alternator, in fact get your group together or do local groupings to compeat to build mini plants, my first one was two alternators on a gas lawn mower engine with a 75 watt inverter, blew the inverter from too much juice and had to make the chain 3 times to get right tension but now with power tools and plenty of spare parts and time it was a fun task to work out the bugs, I've repeated the exercise a few dozen times since so now i can do it in a few as 3 hours with only a cordless drill with standing charge and a philips screwdriver and a hammer!

as for the mental prep as the topic was it's hard to be mentally prepared for it all, i have been "on" for near 20 years now so I've had a good chunk of time to plan for it all, i can grow plants with scavenged fertilizers and artificial light, i can turn a animal from frolicking to food and fur!, I'm skilled with boats, stick drive-ed vehicles, light aircraft, all terrain such as 4 wheelers and live stock from hitching cows to riding horses bare. I can smith and fabricate, as well as build and fortify, and I've prep-ed a place in infrastructures just not supplies or people. (yet)

However even with all this time and gathering of skills Until it happens i won't know will the loss of my fam or some of it really be something i just roll with...? For those new to the knowledge and who are trying to get there head around the idea of no electricity for a week, or no grocery stores... to really let there mind wander to the depths is not a realistic goal for them. If you are one of these people focus on skills, you know or feel what we're on the brink of and that gives you an edge, but trust me from one who has the peace of knowledge as you get more skilled and more self sufficient (or learn the abilities to know you can be), you will naturally get more mentally prepared. for most city folks I suggest to do a crash test on yourself! go camping for 3 days bring food the first time. see how it goes, then no food and 4 days (survive off the land, fish/ berries etc)

See how you fare sleeping outside, maybe hungry... in the woods with the chance of animals or crazies chancing across you. the goal being you get to where a week would be no big problem other then getting the time off work. ;D To be honest i don't figure one needs to keep more then 2 weeks per person of food in any city dwelling as your likely to be relocated either by voluntary or forced means and won't get to bring it all. So your cash made now is best put towards you and what you can learn, not gold or massive food stores, but to each there own survival plan  ;D

As for the religious or meta physical... i got nothing  :-X just at least ask your self what if it's not something like that and it's just the science will you survive? so many already know either way there dead those on life saving medicines (they will run out) or those of chronic ill health, for them invest in a young person in your fam, give them a fighting chance, I've given horseback ridding lessons to several of the inlaw's kids as they would never have gotten them other wise and as i said i think everyone should know how to ride.

First step in mental prep for any reading this has been achieved and your aware that "something" will be and is happening even now which will forever change the current world.
Title: Re: Mental Preparedness
Post by: noproblemo2 on October 22, 2010, 05:43:19 AM
All very informative points you have made, especially the cammo for older folks. Thanks for the info.
Title: Re: Mental Preparedness
Post by: Deathanyl on October 22, 2010, 02:00:43 PM
You can't hurt / rob what you can't see or don't know is there...and for most if you can survive the first year maybe two the world will be a much safer place by then as most of those who live by the sword will die by it, and so being invisible is handy to not get caught in any crossfire.
Title: Re: Mental Preparedness
Post by: noproblemo2 on October 22, 2010, 02:08:26 PM
So true.
Title: Re: Mental Preparedness
Post by: Yowbarb on October 23, 2010, 06:36:31 AM
You can't hurt / rob what you can't see or don't know is there...and for most if you can survive the first year maybe two the world will be a much safer place by then as most of those who live by the sword will die by it, and so being invisible is handy to not get caught in any crossfire.

Yes,
Very true.
Title: Re: Mental Preparedness
Post by: Ed Douglas on October 24, 2010, 10:08:45 AM
The time of year, the season, and location being rural or not will be big influence on how you can survive. Hard to hide from people, without heat at some point in time. etc etc..
Title: Re: Mental Preparedness
Post by: Deathanyl on October 25, 2010, 10:10:24 AM
true dat! but one should if theres a sun gravitate either into rural area's or towards the new equator. Trying to hide in warmer climes is far easier or in more sparse populated area's . Luckily we'll not be as crowded as we are now as many will not make it, so even retreating to previously evacuated areas is recommended if it's not some thing likely to re-occur, it when yellowstone blows it will probably spew it's whole stash of lava, and when it does and the 4 states affected by them start to have massive sink holes and the like, or the areas around it are covered in lava, this lava will cool (if in time) and so rather then cost lines, this could become an option for some.

Personally this is why i tell folks to be looking for places to go now and not close by either, some will want that due to age etc... but most city centers are death traps from so much, least of all other humans ironically enough as a closed down city of 100,000 will likely have 20,000 dead rotting, the charion crawlers that come with them ie wild dogs, vultures, scavengers, and an explosion of small rodents which carry disease from one place to another when un checked... no sources of water (for the most part) no safe places to plant crop, the lack of fuel for the fire... and the true issue of unstable buildings all around you made of stone glass and steel which can at any moment collapse if the area was hit hard. Even the air will suck in a city, not just the smell of death and rotting , but also the fires of many cars, and plastics, will make the air fulled with cancer giving fumes, let us hope for winds!

no i advise an exit from the city plan for all who are serious abut surviving, and even if it's to commandeer a place to hide such as large national parks etc, I've heard plenty of suggestions, i just advise high ground, forested if possible (trees slow waves and give building resources), and not coastal, but near a body of fresh water. Even wells of today may not work if the ground water is also shifted!, though all rural folks would do smart not only by themselves but for others passing through a true  Service to others with a benefit is remove your well from your home grid, put it on a small solar panel, say on a decorative well's roofs, it's a 100$ upgrade but ensures your well remains operational. Some have gone wind which ever you prefer. And the water keeps flowing even after the grid is down with no chore then of getting the pump feeding the house again.

Septic is a bit more tricky... but thats another post, 4 now i recommend you go back to the out house idea. just keep moving it around and be sure your hole is oil drum deep  :D
Title: Re: Mental Preparedness
Post by: noproblemo2 on October 25, 2010, 10:46:35 AM
Good ideas, Thanks. Personally am all for solar or wind. Our house is solar as is our hot water system and they work great.
Title: Re: Mental Preparedness
Post by: Deathanyl on October 25, 2010, 11:20:38 AM
it will be very nice for survivors to find a house with it's own grid in the time after, a hot shower, clean water... every project in the country I've worked on I've pushed for this, not saying why of course, but owners once put in the proper frame of mind, and if you put in thermal heating they see the instantaneous benefit to it.
Title: Re: Mental Preparedness
Post by: Yowbarb on October 25, 2010, 01:11:37 PM
it will be very nice for survivors to find a house with it's own grid in the time after, a hot shower, clean water... every project in the country I've worked on I've pushed for this, not saying why of course, but owners once put in the proper frame of mind, and if you put in thermal heating they see the instantaneous benefit to it.

That would be really great... too bad these weren't already build in mass numbers.
The counter - culture of the 1960s 1970s was pushing for these kinds of changes but were
slapped back. As we all know, the military industrial complex continued to dominate the direction of everything. Some changes managed to go through... too little too late.
Also these houses would need to be really well reinforced to stand up to the earth changes that will probably heppen during the Crossover. No doubt some of the buried houses or built into hillside etc. will survive.
Keep On A Keepin On,
Yowbarb
Title: Re: Mental Preparedness
Post by: Ed Douglas on February 07, 2012, 02:07:27 PM
What would you do, if someone wants to join your community, and for whatever reason, you don't want them. Then they threaten to let the world be aware of your existence and location? What mental preparedness do you have for this type of situation? What do you think Sun Tzu would have done?      ed
Title: Re: Mental Preparedness
Post by: bittersweetorchards on February 07, 2012, 02:27:45 PM
Wow! ... Sounds like they did not belong in the survival community if they threatened breaking that secret ... Initially, let them in providing they meet other prep requirements ... Don't know about what Sun Tzu could getaway with ... MY initial thought was termination, my 2nd thought was they may have anticipated that, 3rdly --> Welcome them into the community then terminate them in a discrete manner ASAP after the PX SHTF knowing they could never be trusted EVER
Title: Re: Mental Preparedness
Post by: Mark Harbolt on February 07, 2012, 04:15:23 PM
Bittersweet...
I like the way you think. 
Title: Re: Mental Preparedness
Post by: BuddhaKitty on February 07, 2012, 04:46:26 PM
I do not like violence.  But if someone threatened to give away any of my information because I wouldn't feed them, I'd do what someone mentioned in another thread (I think it was Chaunska).  I would terminate them, and leave their head on a post at the base of the property as a warning to others.
Title: Re: Mental Preparedness
Post by: Ed Douglas on February 13, 2012, 09:18:49 AM
Barbaric.......but effective.    ed
Title: Re: Mental Preparedness
Post by: family times41607 on February 13, 2012, 05:57:50 PM
  I like the hang the head on a post comment.  I have to say that this is tough.  There are several factors that have to be stated. 1 someone said that let them in if they meet the goals of the group. Might not be a bad idea, let them in for two reasons, 1a to be able to turn them down based on lack of preparation. 2b let them in for inventory scout their gear and supplies, if you have to put their head on a post, their stuff is yours.
2 You could take them on a adventure.  One week living like we will all have to live, not much food, little water, working from sun up to sun down. 24 hr watches Teach him or her that it is not gonna be a vacation.  Maybe they will go on their own.
3  Start withdrawling from society.  If you are like me I have a list of people to help, and then there is the one's that will be a liability.  I have slowly withdrawn from that list.  So that they just stopped calling or asking for things. 
  Now I'm sure your reasons for not wanting them in your group, must be well thought out, because most of us on this site do that,lol.  If you tell them that it is not up to you, that they have to plead their case with the camp capt.  I have one, he controls, who comes and goes, we are on a strict time line.  It's the only way you can have accountability.  We are scheduled for everything.
It is set up so that when people who wander into the area, they are quarantined, away from population, medical tests,physical exams, scabies bath.  During that time they are separated from their gear.  We inventory it.  Then we  make a choice.  If you take the power out of your hands.  They may go away.  Think you should wait until the shtf then make him disappear.  Good luck to all. ;)
Title: Re: Mental Preparedness
Post by: Deathanyl on February 15, 2012, 04:18:28 AM
silence is golden duct tape is silver  ;D

A head on a pike is too quick and messy for my taste naked and duct taped to a parameter tree on the path to camp should work to discourage future dissension/ looters as unlike beheading which is quick and relatively painless for the victim starving to death and being fed upon by bugs is a much slower way to die and the remains in duct tape will be a reminder well after what a skull would last as a warning sign!!!

JM2C
Title: Re: Mental Preparedness
Post by: Yowbarb on January 12, 2014, 11:11:13 AM
Part of mental preparedness is to realize, in any survival situation, the worst could happen and resolve to not dwell on that. Just to be aware of that and do what's needed to increase one's odds of survival.
Things like getting enough B1, along with food and B comp, valerian or other relaxing herb at bedtime, plenty of hydration in the daytime up to about 8 PM - these things help too.

Hydration is important.
I remember when my youngest grandson (I have two) was a toddler, he was so good natured but sometimes he would just have a flaming fit. I had just read that some kids really need more water and will have a tantrum if they don't get it. I told my daughter about it, as I was giving him a little tommy tippee mug of water. He stopped squawking and gulped it down. Later I started putting little step stools for the two boys to help themselves to water if no one noticed. My daughter was astounded how the water helped especially for the younger son.

Well those were just a few ideas...
- Yowbarb
Title: Re: Mental Preparedness
Post by: ilinda on January 15, 2016, 03:55:05 PM
Part of mental preparedness is to realize, in any survival situation, the worst could happen and resolve to not dwell on that. Just to be aware of that and do what's needed to increase one's odds of survival.
Things like getting enough B1, along with food and B comp, valerian or other relaxing herb at bedtime, plenty of hydration in the daytime up to about 8 PM - these things help too.

Hydration is important.
I remember when my youngest grandson (I have two) was a toddler, he was so good natured but sometimes he would just have a flaming fit. I had just read that some kids really need more water and will have a tantrum if they don't get it. I told my daughter about it, as I was giving him a little tommy tippee mug of water. He stopped squawking and gulped it down. Later I started putting little step stools for the two boys to help themselves to water if no one noticed. My daughter was astounded how the water helped especially for the younger son.

Well those were just a few ideas...
- Yowbarb
Extremely interesting because of my personal experience.

As an older, hopefully a bit wiser person than decades ago, I have found that when I'm in a really bad/foul/agitated mood and have no reason to feel that way, I immediately suspect dehydration, and then drink a large glass of water right then and there.  Usually within about 10-15 minutes, positive feelings begin to replace the negative ones.  It works about every time.  As some readers know, older people tend to become more dehydrated due to a lessened feeling thirst we experienced as youngsters.
Title: Re: Mental Preparedness
Post by: Yowbarb on January 15, 2016, 09:59:20 PM
Part of mental preparedness is to realize, in any survival situation, the worst could happen and resolve to not dwell on that. Just to be aware of that and do what's needed to increase one's odds of survival.
Things like getting enough B1, along with food and B comp, valerian or other relaxing herb at bedtime, plenty of hydration in the daytime up to about 8 PM - these things help too.

Hydration is important.
I remember when my youngest grandson (I have two) was a toddler, he was so good natured but sometimes he would just have a flaming fit. I had just read that some kids really need more water and will have a tantrum if they don't get it. I told my daughter about it, as I was giving him a little tommy tippee mug of water. He stopped squawking and gulped it down. Later I started putting little step stools for the two boys to help themselves to water if no one noticed. My daughter was astounded how the water helped especially for the younger son.

Well those were just a few ideas...
- Yowbarb
Extremely interesting because of my personal experience.

As an older, hopefully a bit wiser person than decades ago, I have found that when I'm in a really bad/foul/agitated mood and have no reason to feel that way, I immediately suspect dehydration, and then drink a large glass of water right then and there.  Usually within about 10-15 minutes, positive feelings begin to replace the negative ones.  It works about every time.  As some readers know, older people tend to become more dehydrated due to a lessened feeling thirst we experienced as youngsters.
ilinda what good ideas. I knew I had a tendency to get dehydrated but hadn't realized getting older could add to the problem. :) I will remember that next time when I am in  "a mood." :) I have noticed those people I know who don't finish their water or don't seem to ever drink water are more moody...