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Training and steps for increasing personal safety

Lifestyle

  • Consider cost-benefit analysis when making decisions on what to do and where to go.
  • Is the risk of harm less than the potential benefit you may get from engaging a certain behavior or going to a certain place. 
  • Think about the people you allow in your life: 
    • Are you hanging out with quality people?
    • Do you hang out with low-life criminals?
    • Do you hang out with people who do drugs or engage in dangerous actives? 
    • Avoid crazy, rowdy people who like to cause trouble or get into fights and altercations. 
  • Where do you hang out?
    • Wherever lots of alcohol is served, there is greater chance of violence and crime.
    • At most bars, drug use and drug dealing is taking place and violence is more likely to occur. 
    • Avoid dangerous parts of town. 
    • Avoid places where violence happens or is likely to happen.

Attitude

  • We all get mad and have pet peeves that annoy us.
  • Train our attitude and control our tempers.
  • Learn how not to react to things that usually annoys us.
    • Start small with minor things that annoy you and learn to handle them rationally and calmly.
    • Then, move to larger issues that annoy you and learn to handle them, stop reacting in anger to these things.
  • Learn to identify what sets you off emotionally and learn to react with reason instead of emotion.
  • This helps you to control your anger and temper.
  • What do you gain from losing your temper?
    • People like you less.
    • Also, you may throw a fit with someone who ends up assaulting you, even knifing you! 
    • You can get seriously hurt because of your bad temper.
  • Learn to control your anger and temper, and these attitude changes can help keep you safer by avoiding unnecessary confrontation.

Awareness

  • Some mental exercises for training awareness:
  • When you enter a room, mentally look around and pick out a primary and secondary escape route. 
  • Glance around at how people are dressed (don’t stare and don’t lock eyes) and notice how they are dressed and relate that to the weather that day.
    • A person wearing a puffy coat or trench coat on a warm day is curious. 
    • Is the person dressed appropriately, and if not, what might that mean?
  • Make notes of ambush points or blind corners wherever you are walking or in rooms you are.
    • Avoid these ambush points as you are walking down the street.
  • Make notes on possible hiding places in rooms or where you are walking.
  • Notice people:
    • If they are flushed they may be angry.
    • If they are pale, they may be in an adrenal state and ready to fight or attack.
  • Pay attention to yourself:
    • Reflect on your body and its condition, what are your aches and pains.
    • This helps train you to be aware of yourself
  • Pay attention to things around you and enjoy the beautiful, nice things and pay attention to the curious things that don’t seem right. 

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