A challenging economy has many ramifications and one is a drastic increase in crime - often against women. Ordinary people do extraordinary things to feed their families, keep their homes, medical benefits and lifestyle.
The frantic mode much of the country is in right now, incessantly perpetuated by media (because it is news), can inspire fear and panic in even the most enthusiastic of optimists.
Domestic violence shelters are currently overflowing with middle and upper income women they rarely see in normal economic times. Relationships are dissolving as lifestyles change and the “for richer or poorer, in good times and in bad" is a distant memory. Sometimes people find that life just rolled by and when it comes time to depend on one another, they are all alone. This creates depression, stress, doubt, insecurity, fear, resentment, illness, anger, low self-esteem, chaos, a feeling of weakness and other negative influences.
Women, are commonly selected as victim targets just as children and seniors are because they are viewed as “weaker" by cowardly, insecure attackers. Women are also the “safety monitors" in families and workplaces. Therefore, here are 3 simple safety tips to practice and pass along:
- Trust your gut feelings. People you know might be feeling and acting differently during financial and relational stress. Listen to the little voice that guides you. What may have been safe before may not now. Exit situations when you feel the need to do so and avoid feeling obligated to apologize or explain. It may put you in greater danger.
- Confident body language is a great way to repel, instead of attract, attackers. Hold your head up, shoulders back, walk with purpose, swing your arms and be ready to yell 911 and run if necessary.
- Carry only necessities with you. If a thief wants your stuff, give it up quickly or you risk your life. Your purse should contain only what you need for wherever you are. If you don't need six credit cards at work, they shouldn't be in your purse when you are there.
Keep in mind the economy has tumbled before and will again in the future. Count your blessings even when money isn't one of them and you will be mentally and emotionally stronger than the majority of people around you, which makes you a less likely victim prospect.
Bonus Safety Tip: Make safety and self-defense training a priority. Find a positive instructor who teaches what TO instead of the negative what NOT to do. And I invite you to be even safer by visiting http://www.PersonalSafetyTrainer.com to grab your sample Safety Quick Tip and the option of receiving a free one each week bonuses.
From Kelly Rudolph - “Your Personal Safety Trainer"