It is no surprise, that as you get older, you realize things about the world. You realize that there is no Santa Claus, that not all your dreams come true, and that your family isn’t as rich as everyone else or even better off than most. You realize that what you wanted to be when you were younger doesn’t match up these days and that being an adult is harder than you could ever imagine. But, most importantly, you realize that the world isn’t always a safe place.
Self-defense is a very crucial skill to know, especially for young women. Too many times you hear stories of women getting attacked at bars, kidnapped, raped, and even murdered. And while no one wants to think of these things, it’s lessons like these that may come in handy in the future.
While I am not an expert on self-defense nor am I an expert in any type of fighting style, there are tips I know that have kept me safe along the way.
TIP: Take Out Your Earphones
It is so easy for us to get sucked up int our phones and not be totally aware of our surroundings. However, this is one of the easiest ways to be distracted and an attacker can very well take advantage of your blindside, so try going out with only one earphone in if you absolutely need to.
TIP: Walk in Groups
Whether this is in the city or the quiet suburbs, there is power in numbers. Don’t be by yourself for so long and be with a group as often as possible when you walk around. If you happen to be by yourself at any given moment, be on the phone with a friend or Facetime with them just in case.
TIP: The Keys To Success
You never know what you have in your purse that can help in time of danger. If you ever find yourself in the middle of an attack, pulling out a pen or your keys is a very effective weapon and does enough damage to give you time to escape.
TIP: Research Self-Defense Seminars
Many colleges and community centers offer public lectures and programs on self-defense. They teach you the basics of what to do in an attack, how to defend yourself, and how to get help. Look online and research any programs happening nearest to you. If you’re really not into those, try looking up ones online or just watch that clip from Miss Congeniality.
TIP: Don’t Tell the World Everything
Little known fact: 3 out of 4 rapes are from people we know. It can be very easy to tweet what we are doing or tell people where we are, but sometimes nothing is better than something. Be careful who you trust and tell your information to; you’ll never know who is lurking around each corner.
This isn’t a post to scare you from ever going out again; you should be able to enjoy the freedom of being young and alive. Just stay alive and take control of your safety, you really don’t want to end up as a terrifying statistic, do you?