Rain and Spiders oh my! Part Two
Good Morning Minions *Shows BISON tattoo*
Yesterday we got sidetracked with listening to gut feelings and intuition. With any luck today I will stay on track.
I took copious notes on the course and sharing them is a way of internalising what was covered. Any mistakes that I make in this series are mine from hearing the instructor wrong, writing down the wrong stuff or me just being a dumby
The instructor had serious credentials. Former SAS, million years experience. I don't want to dwell on the instructor just to say he's been there, done that but didn't tell war stories to big up himself. Well he told one & it had nothing to do with clandestine activities and was very pertinant for average joes (I'll share that later).
For the instructor, by far the most important factor when it comes to survival is mindset. So important that it made up a fair chunk of the course.
Reminder - this is a Wilderness Survival Course where you find yourself out in the bush. Broken down 4x4, lost whilst hiking, plane crashes on a mysterious tropical island somewhere in the South Pacific Ocean during a commercial flight between Sydney and Los Angeles
First point was "what are stressors"
* Hunger (you can convince yourself/others that you're going to starve. This decreases morale)
* Loss of control
* illness / injury
* Isolation / loneliness
These can all lead to fear and panic which in turn effects the Sympathetic Nervous System (Fight or Flight). This is basic biology so it's not a good or a bad thing. It just is a fact of life.
If the Sympathetic Nervous System kicks in you'll experience an increase in Blood Pressure, Heart Rate and Respiration rate. Your gross motor actions will become more pronounced whilst your cognition (brain processing) and fine motor skills (tying knots etc) decreases. You'll also experience tunnel vision where you're focusing on one point to the detriment of other, possibly life threatening, points.
It's not all bad news though. In the next installment (maybe the one after... I don't know but I read ahead and there's a lot to cover... you lucky fellow minions) we'll cover a strategy to deal with the Flight or Fight response
To be continued......
Link on my prefered response to a threat -> https://youtu.be/pmck_Eu323Q?t=26