Since this is still the beginning of the New Year, let’s talk about starting new habits to keep you safer. Each new habit only takes 21 days to establish, so in February, these should feel more like knee-jerk responses, and less like something you have to consciously think about doing. Resolutions are easy to make, but hard to keep. Think of these as habits, and see them in your mind as actions you already take; this will make them that much easier to establish.
And if you need any encouragement, just ask! That’s what I’m here for.
Safer Habits for 2013
1. When you wake up, and throughout your day, tell yourself that even if you can’t control what might happen to you, you are in control of your choices, and that you’ll make safer, smarter choices.
2. Stretch and breathe. Without flexibility, you are more prone to injury and cannot react as quickly. Additionally, how you breathe is how you live.
3. When you grab your things to head out the door, make sure you pack a whistle, pepper spray, and –where legal- a stun device. Know how to use them and know your local ordinances concerning these objects. Keep them easily accessible.
4. Before you step outside your door, remind yourself:
It could happen to me.
It could happen today.
If it does, I’ll know what to do,
and I’ll do it.
Make sure you’ll know what to do. If you don’t, now is the time to enroll in (at least) a basic self-defense class. You can also catch my three-part series on Basic Self-Defense on the Initiative’s TRIBE radio show archives:
5. Practice seeing everything around you. Awareness can and does save lives. Try not to let anyone sneak up on you.
6. Practice good positioning – in all things. Is it safer to walk on that side of the street? Is it smarter to tailgate? Is it wiser to wait until the last minute to take care of business?
The most important habits to establish are numbers 5 and 6. Without awareness and good positioning, all of your other new habits won’t make a difference.
Have a safer New Year, and let me know how these work for you!