Hopefully, no one ever ends up needing these tips, but when it comes to self defense, I’d rather be prepared than not! Self-defense is something that everyone (male or female) should know. It’s easy to walk around and think nothing will ever happen to you, but the sad reality is that things do happen. You can easily be caught off-guard anywhere you go, so knowing a few moves to fight off an attacker is really important.
With these simple self-defense strategies in the back of your mind, you’ll be more prepared to react quickly with control and power. You’re less likely to be targeted with all that confidence!
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- Don’t walk through dark parking lots focused on your cell phone. Be aware of what’s going on around you to respond more quickly.
- If you suspect that you’re being followed, head to a public place. Once you’re inside a store or restaurant, tell the manager what’s happening so that you have someone who understands the situation.
- Use apps to keep you safe! StaySafe allows you to enter your route and expected arrival time, and alerts emergency contacts when you don’t arrive in time. My Panic Alarm makes your phone flash and emit a loud sound at the touch of a button!
- Carrying around pepper spray can be extremely helpful, but it doesn’t do any good if it’s in your purse! Keep it readily available.
- Instead of using a whistle, scream words like “HELP,” and “ATTACKER,” and “911.” These are more likely to create a sense of urgency.
- Have your keys ready as soon as you approach your car or house. Right when you walk inside your home, lock the doors.
- Don’t hold your keys between your fingers like a weapon. The keys will just jam back into your hand upon impact.
- If you happen to be in an elevator, press the button for the next floor. Don’t press the emergency button – it will stop the elevator!
- If you’re with your kids, explain to them that at your command, they need to get behind you quickly and stay put. Having this conversation doesn’t have to be scary! If the kids are pretty small, you can even make a game out of preparation.
- Be willing to give up your wallet, but be smart. Toss it a few feet away from the attacker and take advantage of the opportunity to run!
- If it comes down to it, you may have to make a move. Try to stay on your feet for the best opportunity. Strike quickly and get away. Go for a vulnerable location, like eyes, nose, groin, or knees.
Do you have any self defense tips?