Back to the Basics of Personal Safety
The majority of self-defense involves self-awareness. If you pay attention to the surrounding area, we will most likely to observe those situations we perceive as dangerous. Sometimes we say it is that “gut feeling” that is trying to tell us something. Often the butterflies enter our stomach and the hair stands up on the back of our neck. By listening to those physical changes taking place in our body, you can often change your direction and avoid potentially dangerous situations. Our eyes often observe unusual behavior, but yet we ignore that “gut feeling”. Don’t ignore it, listen to it and raise your awareness. Here are some tips to help you stay safe:
- Walk with confidence. Be aware of your surroundings and listen for auditory cues.
- Do not jog with headphones in both ears. If you must use a headset, leave one out. Exercise with other individuals, as there is always strength in numbers.
- When carrying items, keep one hand free so you can react when necessary.
- Have your car/house keys in your hand and ready to open the door. Once you get in, close the door and lock it.
- Never approach your car or the corner to a building within a few inches, give yourself a few feet of distance. This may prevent you from being startled and allow for greater reaction time.
- Make sure your car is in good working order.
- Know where you are at all times. If your destination involves meeting someone in unfamiliar surroundings, tell a friend or family member the name of the person you are meeting and the location you are meeting them at. Make the location a public place. (If possible)
- Do not display cash or expensive jewelry.
- Carry a cell phone so you can call for help if necessary.
- Be careful about how much information you share with people you really don’t know. Work schedules and whether anyone else is home can make you or your property a target.
The greater our awareness is for the people and things around us, the greater our ability is to avoid or respond to a dangerous situation. By increasing our awareness of our surrounding, not only may we be able to avoid a situation, but we may be able to be a good witness and call the police department if something happens.