The Self-Defense Mindset

  • Running alone on a secluded trail
  • Leaving work late at night and going to your car in the parking garage alone
  • Walking home late at night after hanging out at a friend’s house
  • Walk with a purpose. Don’t walk fast paced, run like you’re scared, or walk slowly constantly scanning everything.
  • Good posture. Keep your back straight, chin up, and shoulders back. Don’t slouch or look down at the ground.
  • Mind your hands. Nervous, scared people fidget with their hands. Keep your hands at your side, swinging them normally when walking or still when standing.
  • Eye contact. If someone looks at you, even a stranger, don’t look down or away. Look them in the eyes. Don’t stare them down but let them know you see them.

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