5 tips to stay safe when you don't feel safe
by Jenny Z
We have all felt unsafe at some point in our lives. Walking to our cars in a dark parking lot, hiking alone in the wilderness, maybe even on a date. It's a sad truth that attacks happen, but giving yourself the confidence to know you can take care of business is essential.
Women on Adventures started working with Danny and Emma from Summit Physique Fitness in 2015. They have taught us basic self defense in several sessions that has helped us feel like we can adventure safely.
My first class with Danny was a game changer. No longer did I feel unsafe walking to my car at night. In fact, one night I was home alone sleeping when I heard a loud noise that woke me up. It sounded like it came from inside my house. My dog started barking and ran out of the bedroom which is not something he normally does. Thanks to Danny I felt confident enough to get out of bed grab my flashlight and investigate. Thankfully it was nothing, but I went back to bed feeling safe and secure knowing that I could handle anything.
Here are a few of my top takeaways from Self Defense class.
- Always carry a flashlight in your purse. Not only will it help you see when it's dark, but it can be used as a striking tool!
- Be aware of your surroundings. Always!
- Phone a friend. Now that you know what's going on around you, if you are feeling unsafe, phone a friend. Either talk to that person, or keep them on the line as you walk to your car.
- RUN! Stay safe and get away. If that isn't possible, strike!
- If you must strike, have one go to move, then strike until that person is disabled and you can run away.
The flashlight has been my favorite so far. I always have mine with me. We have used it while traveling in Mexico to help light our way back to the hotel after dinner, searching through tide pools, and even reading in the tent. It's an easy thing to carry with you, and can easily get through security at the airport with it.