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Prepare for the Worst This Weekend

Adam Dachis, Gawker Media

Prepare for the Worst This Weekend

We'd like to believe everything will work out just fine, but often enough it doesn't. Spend a little time this weekend familiarizing yourself with what you should do in case something unexpectedly bad happens, whether that turns out to be anything from a weather emergency or a surprise stomach problem.

Prepare for Weather Emergencies

Extreme weather can bring about a few emergency situations-especially in the winter. During the snowy season, you'll want to keep several items in your car. Building an emergency car kit can help you do just that. You'll also want to winterize the car itself for safer driving.

You can also make a winter emergency kit for your home, too, so you have most of what you'll need for a brief but serious problem. In the event the basics aren't quite enough, you should stock up on the right, long-lasting foods in case leaving the house proves difficult.

One of the more annoying issues that occurs when you get snowed in, or even during a thunderstorm in other seasons, is the dreaded power outage. A good backup plan and a few helpful tips can get you through the issues you'll face. First things first, you should have a good and reliable flashlight that you know has a charge. The easiest way to assure this is to get a solar-powered model that you can leave in the window. Additionally, you might want to make one that can be powered by a phone line as well. With the right tools, you can pull power from a phone line for a variety of uses even if your standard electricity doesn't function.

Fewer weather emergencies occur during the summer but you can wind up dehydrated pretty easily. Make sure you drink the right amount of water (not too much, not too little) so you don't have that problem and familiarize yourself with the many ways you can beat the heat.

Manage Body Malfunctions

Sometimes our bodies don't work as planned and we need to quickly recover from an injury or sudden sickness we didn't see coming. If anything serious happens you should get yourself to a doctor right away, but you can handle many minor problems on your own if you're prepared.

First, make sure you have a decent first aid kit in your car, at your desk at work, in the house, and anywhere else you frequent. This may seem excessive, but you can generally pick up a four-pack of small kits for about $10. Just head to a Target or Wal-Mart and you'll have plenty of options.

Second, a number of home remedies can resolve little problems like excessive hiccups, stomach discomfort and nausea, sunburn, mild cases of the common cold, coughs, and bee stings if you don't want to immediately load yourself up on standard medicine.

Finally, if things do go poorly and you need to start getting back to 100%, you can boost your immunity and clean the right places to expedite the process.

Confront the Tougher Parts of Life

Nobody escapes the tougher parts of life forever. Eventually we all have to deal with rough times. While never fun, it helps to consider what you'll do in the event of a worst-case scenario so you can put a plan into action rather than wish your life were better. Overcoming adversity can provide a lot of confidence, too, so in the long run you may even benefit somewhat (or a lot).

At some point, we'll all have to deal with a death in the family so it helps to know how to handle it before it happens. A lot of the time we'll have some indication that we're going to lose a loved one, but even that grief can hamper your ability to take care of everything involved when someone passes. You need to have a basic plan in advance. It also helps to know some of the things that most grieving individuals experience that pretty much no one ever talks about.

If you find yourself depressed, you should see a professional for help. If you encounter a friend struggling with sadness, however, there are many ways you can help them out. Additionally, if they just lost someone important to them, it's good to know what to say that will actually help.

Ultimately, you can't plan for every major problem you'll face in life. Sometimes you'll have to confront things without a full-fledged plan or any plan at all. When those times come, just make sure you have people you can count on who care about you. Know you can ask them for help. We can get through a lot on our own, but we should never fear assistance when the going gets tough.

Have a happy Friday and a great weekend! If it doesn't work out that way, at least you'll be ready. ;)

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