Ladies, we’ve all been walking down a dimly lit street in the middle of the night, clutching our purse, hoping we get home before someone pops out from behind the bushes.
That feeling of vulnerability is arguably one of the scariest things a woman experiences. The worst part is we face it on a daily basis.
Knowing what to do in stressful situations can save you from experiencing something horrible. You can start by paying attention to this list of self defense tips.
Follow along and take note. You never know when this advice will come in handy. If it does, you’ll be glad you were here.
The most basic and most important point is to be aware of your surroundings. If you know what’s coming, you can be infinitely more prepared than if it takes you by surprise.
Part of being aware includes not walking with headphones on or staring at your phone. It’s important to listen to and see what’s going on around you, otherwise you make yourself an easy target. Those shuffling footsteps behind you might not be a good sign.
If you feel like someone is following you, cross the street. If they’re still following you, try to go into a store if you’re near one.
Also, don’t be afraid to look a person in the eye. It will make you seem confident and fearless. This makes it very easy to identify the person in a lineup if needed.
If you ever feel unsafe in a situation, trust your gut. It’s always better to be too cautious than be the victim of a violent crime.
The most common instance in which a person dismisses their gut feeling is when they try to rationalize something. The thing about intuition is that it’s a learned feeling. Years of experience have led you to believe that funny feeling means something bad might happen, so don’t ignore it or brush it off as being paranoid.
If you ever find yourself in a situation that turns violent, don’t let fear cripple you. It’ll make you incredibly vulnerable to your attacker.
Next, figure out how you can fight back. If you’re being choked, lift your arms up over your sides and bring them down together, straight and fast to one side. Avoid grabbing your attacker’s hands and trying to pull them off your neck, this could compromise your breathing.
If you carry any self defense devices, use them. Pepper spray your attacker the first chance you get. You don’t want to be in a situation where you can’t reach your devices anymore.
Another important part of self defense is realizing when a person’s behavior can turn violent. Most attackers begin by trying to gain your trust. They might try to lure you somewhere dark and empty.
Don’t fall for tricks like these. Even if it’s the most charming person you have ever met in your life, stay alert.
One of the best things you can do is take a class. Not only will it motivate you to stay fit, but it’ll also teach you everything you need to know about defending yourself. Feel safe and confident knowing these lessons have your best interests are at heart.