When it comes to improving your health, the things that first come to mind might be how much you exercise, the quality of your diet, and possibly how well you manage stress. There is no doubt that these factors affect your health. However, there are many more components of a healthy lifestyle.
Personal safety may not be something that you think about regularly. But, your safety and self-protection habits also contribute to your overall health.
Like diet and exercise, personal safety comes down to making good choices. The decisions you make form habits around personal safety and ultimately impact your health. Think about the things you do every day that could compromise your personal safety and make a change.
Here are four personal safety habits that positively contribute to your overall health:
1. Be aware of your surroundings.
When you’re out in public, stay aware of what’s going on around you. Try to avoid dark or isolated areas. When you’re walking around, put your phone in your purse or your pocket. If you’re alone, don’t wear earphones or only use one earbud.
2. Follow common sense safety practices.
Good safety practices are closely connected to common sense. Think about the habits you have about getting into your car at night. Do you approach your car with awareness, or are you scrolling through your phone? Other car safety habits include:
- Parking in well-lit areas
- Locking your doors
- Checking the backseat before getting in your car
And, always follow laws that exist to protect your safety, like buckling your seatbelt.
3. Trust your gut.
Avoid potentially dangerous situations by trusting your intuition. If you get a weird feeling about a person, distance yourself and get to a safe, public place. It’s better to be safe than to wait for a situation to progress into something threatening.
4. Learn self-defense skills.
Many people take up martial arts so that they can learn self-defense skills. We hope you never have to use them, but we want to provide you with the proper skills so that you feel safe and confident.
Karate Families in Tarzana offers a variety of programs. If you’re interested in learning self-defense through martial arts, we can help. Contact us today to learn more about how to get started.