In life, it’s important to know that things can go south rather unexpectedly. No one assumes they’re going to be attacked or robbed while walking to their car at night, but the truth is, it can happen to anyone. And that’s why it’s so important to be prepared.
During such traumatizing events, it’s easy to become confused and disoriented. Luckily, there are plenty of ways you can be ready in case y0u find yourself in a life-or-death scenario (or better yet, avoid one altogether). By learning these helpful tips, you’ll always be several steps ahead of any attacker…
1. Always tell people where you’ll be: Sounds simple, right? But it’s important to tell people where you’re going—even if it’s just to the grocery store. That way, someone will always know whether you made it back safely and where to start looking if you didn’t.
2. Don’t let an attacker drag you into a vehicle: There’s a good chance you’ve heard of the saying, “never go to a second location.” Well, there’s good reason. That’s because your chances of being rescued drop dramatically if you’re brought somewhere else.
3. Scatter your belongings: In the case of an abduction, your best bet is to scatter some of your belongings, like an ID, on the ground. The possibility of tracking you down becomes that much greater that way. Still, always keep your phone so you can try to call for help!
4. Move around as much as possible: Someone once said that the hardest target to hit is a moving target. Well, that person knew what they were talking about. If you’re being attacked, move around and you instantly become much harder to hit or grab.
5. Go to the kitchen during a home invasion: Unless you’re able to safely escape your home entirely, the smartest place to be is in the kitchen. Why? Because it’s where you store your knives and other potential weapons.
6. Don’t remove objects from a stab wound: You might think you’re doing yourself a favor, but removing the object will only increase blood loss. The one exception is if the the object is blocking air passage.
7. Wear sharp jewelry: Who said jewelry was only for looks? If you plan on punching an attacker, it would probably help if you had some sharp, jagged objects on your fists. You’ll be able to do more damage with minimal effort.
8. Use your head: If you ever find yourself being attacked, you should never underestimate the power of a good head-butt—they’re much more effective than a kick or punch. Experts suggest aiming for the bridge of an attacker’s nose.
9. Keep your hair down: It’s really easy for an attacker to grab hold of a ponytail and gain control, so why not make it harder for them and leave your hair down? This way, it will continue to move while you walk, and your chances of getting away increase.
10. Learn a number of pressure points: It’s okay if you don’t know how to fight. By simply learning about the various pressure points all around the body, you’ll find it much easier to escape from an attacker.
Hopefully you never find yourself needing to use any of these survival techniques, but it never hurts to know them, just in case!
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