The Basic Psychology of an Off the Grid life

By Doug Williams
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The Basic Psychology of an Off the Grid life

Doug Williams
 
 
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Before jumping into the intricacies and psychology of life in the wilderness, one needs to understand the mechanism that gives rise to the need of a secluded life. Undoubtedly the urban habitat has immensely impacted our lifestyle in terms of facilities and comfort, but there are equally drawbacks of a life in the city.

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Some individuals who analyze the fast life style and its impact tend to look for alternatives with less hassle and more peace, and where else can humans find peace than in the lap of a serene wilderness. However, the off the grid life is not as simple and hassle free as it may sound, but its complexities and strains are equally beneficial to its peace and comfort.

The backbone of life in the wilderness is the application of a self-reliance mode. The city life takes that age-old trait away from us simply by smothering us with piles of choice and amenities that make our lives possibly less time consuming but turn us into sheep. When in the wilderness, an individual has to quickly come to the realization that survival depends entirely upon understanding one’s potential and then applying that potential to its maximum.

 

The water probably won’t come from the taps; you need to do the effort and take it out from a well, and perhaps you need to dig one first. The power has to come from nature, so you have to limit your needs accordingly, and same applies to your food. There are no KFC’s and Burger Kings in the wild, food has to be basic and nutritious as you need energy more than anything to keep the life going especially once you are fully off the grid.

Another important characteristic that the urban life can strip us off is our conflict resolution skills. Have you noticed on the trains, buses and even in the supermarkets that adults throw a tantrum more frequently and sometimes more violently than the kids. This simply points towards the fact that we have become less tolerant and ever far less considerate of others.

In the wild this simply won’t serve you at all; you have to be calm and contained as any conflict with nature or fellow humans in the wilderness has to be solved non-violently simply because you need friends in the wilderness; you cannot afford to have adversaries especially when you have to work hard to keep yourself alive.

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You will have to teach yourself how to be a lifelong learner of nature once you make the decision to move off the grid. Nature will be your best and most consistent friend and getting to know this friend is going to be extremely beneficial to your future.

This includes learning the terrain and expanding your understanding of the surrounding regions, don’t confine yourself to a cabin or a house, get out and learn geography, and always be prepared to customize your lifestyle according to the changes in nature.

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