7 Ways to Prepare for the Unexpected
Life as we know it is unexpected. We can plan our day to day routine, our weekend plans, and even our lifelong goals, but you never know the trials and obstacles that will be thrown your way. However, there are some necessary ways you can prepare for some of these unexpected events.
1. Emergency Contacts
When something unanticipated occurs, having an emergency contacts list is vital for you and anyone around you. One of the first things to do in a crisis is check who to call, and when you are in a panic, it can be hard to think clearly. By writing down in a booklet, notepad, or in your phone emergency contacts, you are skipping unnecessary fretting for you or somebody who needs to help you.
2. Meeting Spot
Sometimes tragedy strikes within the household, and you always need to be prepared if something of the sort were to happen. Whether someone left the stove on and caused a fire or a flash flood comes about, have a designated meeting spot for everyone to go to. Whether it is a neighbors house or a tree outside the house, you can practice leaving for whoever is in the household at the time. If you have long term guests or other family members coming and going, it is essential to let them know!
As much as a pain it is to look into, research, and purchase, insurance is necessary. You never know the unexpected health problems, accidents, or other events when you may have to fall back on it. There are many different coverages and costs for various purposes that may fit you best. Life insurance is an extremely vital one, especially as you get older, health insurance, house insurance, etc. At the time, it may seem insignificant, but if anything were ever to happen, you would be happy not to stress about money. Your family, friends, and health should be the primary concern!
4. Create an Emergency Fund
Money is such an unpredictable variable in life. You never want to worry about it or be the determining issue in your daily life. If you are used to using money freely and do not think twice about it, I would take a step back and evaluate what really is significant at the time. Do not stop buying everything you enjoy but be more mindful of your spending if something were to happen and you would need it.
Not only that, but a loved one or close family member could have something happen, and they may need your help. Create an emergency fund to make sure you are prepared for times like these! Set aside a small amount every month into a high yield savings account. This will build over time and be there for you when you need it!
5. Have Hobbies
What do we mean by having hobbies? If something were ever to happen, you will want to have time to clear your mind and take some time for yourself. Whether you go to the gym, pick up a painting or try and practice some yoga and zen, you will be sure to feel better not only about yourself but with life in general. Your mental state and clarity is such an influential aspect in all of life, especially if things start going south. Remember the good and tasks you enjoy doing.
6. Be Careful
Although there are endless unexpected events that can happen, it is vital to take preliminary actions to avoid those. For example, try and live a healthy lifestyle! Make sure you are getting enough food and plenty of protein, fruits, and vegetables. If you can incorporate some light exercises such as walking or gardening, that will go a long way. Also, try and be as safe as you can when out and about. You never plan for a car accident, but it is always a possibility! If you are feeling tired, maybe avoid the roads and rest up a little before leaving.
7. Emergency Kits
Depending on where you live, natural disasters could be more expected than not. If you live in a tsunami or tornado area, it is smart to have an emergency kit or stash. You can keep canned goods, food, water bottles, and emergency aid in your basement if you live in tornado country. If you live in a more tropical area, it is recommended to keep some of these items in your car and maybe even some goggles! It may seem silly at the time, but if you are in a situation where you need to see it in the water, you will not regret it.
Make the Unexpected Easier on Yourself
No one likes to think about the events that go wrong in our daily lives. Unfortunately, it is the way of the world, and it is crucial to think about ways you can help your future self. If you follow these tips and some of your own, the unexpected may be a little easier than you may think.
Did this article help you prepare for the unexpected? Let us know in the comments at the bottom of this page. We want to hear from you!
Kiley took the big leap from working a 9-5 to quitting, getting out her laptop, and becoming a freelancer. Since then, she has found her passion in writing valuable, informative lifestyle and travel articles. After Traveling for years, she knows just how valuable a quick how-to guide can be for readers. This is why she contributes guest posts to various blogs.
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