Women’s Personal Safety Secrets – Confident Body Language, the 2nd Personal Safety Secret

“Speaking this language can save your life.”

As women, we are extra tuned in to what people are saying even when they are not speaking words. This second Women’s Personal Safety Secret should, therefore, make a lot of sense. Making the tips into habit will take a little more work but will be well worth it!

We know, from Personal Safety Secret #1, that the attacker mindset includes low self-esteem, feeling insecure and out of control. This means attackers are already in a weakened state. In order to get the “power fix” they desire, they must succeed at the attack. This inspires them look for someone who appears weaker than themselves.

Looking weak and being weak are two different things. You can be very confident but look weak simply by being distracted with a cell phone conversation. You can also have a terrible day but portray yourself as strong and confident just by adjusting your body language. Consider that whatever you are feeling on the inside is showing on the outside and attackers are quite good at reading body language.

Confident body language is very important to teach children. Pedophiles use it to select victims. We all need to know how to hold our heads up extra high when we are not feeling our strongest to counteract the normal slump that accompanies a challenging day.

Since attackers are insecure cowards looking to attack people weaker than they are, all of us need to look big, strong and confident. Here’s how:

Six Tips for Confident Body Language

Hold your head up – this makes you physically taller so that you look bigger, stronger and more confident.
Keep your shoulders back – it is physically impossible to look weak when your shoulders are back.
Look side to side as you walk – this makes you look aware of your surroundings.
Swing your arms – this makes you bigger because you literally take up more space in front of and behind you.
Walk with purpose – this makes you look strong and confident..
Be ready to yell, drop what you are carrying and run – material possessions are not worth risking your life for.
Now, you will be more conscious of other people’s body language and that of your own. If you are a woman with kids or teens, you will notice how much more confidently they come across after they develop confident body language into a habit. You will feel more confident about their safety and will have fun sharing these tips with other men and women!

Teaching Your Child About Home Security and Personal Safety

Every parent worries about the safety of their children. Being a parent can be a scary thing because you want to do everything in your power to keep your child safe, but you also know that it’s impossible to be with them every moment of every day. This is why it’s extremely important to talk to your child and teach them about personal safety and home security. Education and an open line of communication are your best chance at keeping your child safe at all times. Here are a few great tips to teach your child, and tips for you on the best way to broach the subject:

Home Security and Your Child

Go with your child around the house and discuss the different kinds of things that he or she should be aware of. This is helpful for children because they often learn by seeing and doing and not just being told something. If you take your child to the stove and show them what not to do, they will understand it more that just telling them not to touch the stove.

Post important safety numbers on the wall near the telephone. This list should include the police, poison control, a trusted neighbor, and your home alarm company. Explain to your child what each of the numbers are and when it an appropriate time to use them.

Talk to your child about home fire safety and what to do in case of a fire. It can be helpful to come up with a plan in case this occurs and practice this with your child so you are sure that he or she completely understands what to do.

Tell your child to be careful when dealing with strangers even from within the home. It’s important to not give out information to a stranger over the telephone, or let a stranger that has knocked on the door inside.

Outside of the Home

The same rules apply to strangers in the street. Every parent is well versed in instructing their children against talking to or going with a stranger.

Make sure your child practices caution and stays alert while playing outside. He or she should be aware of the dangers of the street, such as cars, buses, and motorcycles. Make sure they use helmets and other safety equipment when biking, skating, or skateboarding.

Develop the habit of putting on your seatbelt every time you get in the car and instructing your child to do the same.

Encourage your child to talk to you about any and everything. It’s important that your child understand that there is nothing that they can tell you that is going to make you angry with them. This will make them feel more comfortable and safe if they ever have a problem that they need help with. Encourage them to come to you with any questions or concerns about their personal or home security.

Get a High Visibility Jacket For Personal Safety

Every year there are always news related stories in which pedestrians were accidentally hit by drivers who did not seem them until it was too late to change course. These incidents can be truly devastating depending on the severity but there are ways to reduce these occurrences. One of these is making use of a high visibility jacket as these make the wearers visible even late at night.

You have probably seen one of these around as these types of safety clothing are typically worn by police officers, construction workers and even firefighters. The reason is fairly obvious as these are exactly the types of individuals that you want to be able to spot. If there should be any type of emergency, then knowing who these authority figures are is crucial so they can help you.

With that said, you can actually purchase a high visibility jacket for yourself but keep in mind that they can easily exceed well over a hundred dollars depending on the brand. However, these are extremely beneficial for personal safety as the last thing you would want is for a car to unintentionally hit you. These are also useful for motorcycle riders as well when being seen can make all the difference.

If you expect to be outdoors during the evening a lot like if you are planning on jogging through your neighborhood, then you definitely must purchase one of these pieces of clothing. The reason should be fairly obvious as you want other drivers to see you. Just wearing one of these reflective jackets can really save a lot of lives each year so be sure to get one for yourself.

Personal Safety in a Parking Garage

Have you noticed that the newer shopping malls now have parking garages instead of parking lots? That’s because land is becoming scarce and costs a fortune to buy. So when a mall is built, a parking garage makes perfect sense because you can park more cars in less space.

However, there is a problem involved with a parking garage. The problem is personal safety, especially at night. We have a Whole Foods store in the Dallas area and they decided to put in 4 story parking garage. This is an excellent way to ensure that there is plenty of parking for their customers. But a woman alone, who has parked in a parking spot most far away from the store, can feel unsafe when it’s dark and the parking garage is partially deserted.

Things to Look For When You Enter a Parking Garage

Is the area well lit?
Are there shrubs, concrete pillars, or greenery that could possibly make it easy for someone to hide behind?
Is it necessary to park far enough away that no one could hear a cry for help?
In a nutshell, you need to feel comfortable. If you find yourself feeling like you are not safe, pay attention to it, don’t ignore it.

Safety Precaution After You Park

Pay attention to what’s going on around you. That’s especially important for senior citizens. I know because I am older and get easily distracted and I don’t focus on things the way I should.
Always lock your car doors before going into the store. It’s better if you have a car keyless entry system where you can lock and unlock your card door from the inside or outside.
If at all possible, ask for assistance to get your groceries to the car. Even if you are young and perfectly able to do this it’s best if you have help, especially at night.
If you do have to go to your car alone, try not to have too many bags or sacks of groceries.
Choose shoes that won’t come off easily. A good choice would be shoes that you are able to run in easily and safely.
Plan so that you will be shopping during the daytime. Or take a friend with you.
When you get near your car, look at the cars that are parked beside you. Be especially aware of what type of cars they are. Remember a Van has a sliding door and provides an excellent opportunity for abduction or kidnapping. If you find you are parked by a Van, get in your car on the passenger side and move over to the driver’s seat.
Before you get in your car, look in the front and back seats to make sure there is no one hiding. If you suspect that there is someone in your car, use your car alarm or a personal alarm to draw attention to you so that people around you knows there is a problem.
The minute you get in your car, don’t fumble in your purse or fasten your seat belt, lock your car doors immediately with your keyless entry system if you have one. Then tend to the other things.
These are common sense precautions to take when you have to park in a parking garage. There’s one more thing that can make you feel safe. Consider the Personal Alarm I mentioned or carry Pepper Spray. These are effective, non lethal and very affordable. If all else fails, you have Pepper Spray available to stop an attacker. Or a Personal Alarm to attract attention so that a potential assault or theft is nipped in the bud. Take your personal safety seriously, no matter where you are.

Don’t be a Victim!

Lawanna Bean is passionate about marketing products that will help people stay safe. The products she found are top quality and competitively priced. A canister of mace or Pepper Spray costs under $10.00. Personal safety for you and your family should be your No. 1 priority. Don’t be a Victim!