Personal safety is not something that should ever be taken lightly. Not only will personal safety habits keep you safe from harm, but overall, these habits are a contributing factor to good health and well-being.
Like many habits that contribute to your health and wellness, personal safety habits include small acts or tasks that you can do every day. But even something that seems small or simple can go a long way in improving your personal safety.
Here are three habits to enhance your personal safety:
1. Practice situational awareness.
Generally speaking, practicing situational awareness means that you are aware of your surroundings and ready to react. Paying attention to what’s going on around you, in any environment, can help you avoid potentially dangerous situations. When you’re more aware of your surroundings, you reduce the potential of an unwanted or unsafe encounter by removing surprise.
2. Follow general safety recommendations.
Another personal safety habit falls in line with the general rule of thumb: use common sense. Not only should you be aware of your surroundings, but also practice general safety habits such as:
- Put your phone away when walking in public.
- When you’re alone, avoid dark or isolated places.
- Park under a streetlight if you’ll be walking in the dark.
- Carry your keys in your hand.
- Be careful of where you wear earbuds.
Become more aware of the habits you currently do on a daily basis that put you in an unsafe situation. Adjust your habits so that you follow general safety recommendations and prevent potential problems.
3. Get started with self-defense.
You can learn more about personal safety and good safety habits by learning self-defense. Many martial arts schools provide self-defense training through their programs and classes. Martial arts classes teach you the skills needed to feel confident in your ability to defend yourself. These programs will also focus on building awareness, being assertive, learning verbal confrontation skills, applying physical techniques, and practicing safety strategies.
The Way Family Dojo in Magnolia offers a variety of martial arts programs for adults and kids. Our Kadima program is a women’s only self-defense class where you learn the physical and mental aspects of self-defense. To learn more about how to get started, contact us today.