By Guest Blogger, Amoye
An Alphanista’s life can be demanding.
If she isn’t on her way to work, a business meeting or some type of appointment, she’s busy arranging a conference, a tea party or a social gathering. She’s a woman on the go, and a woman on a go isn’t a woman with time to waste; or so she believes.
As we near the season of Fall, our days become shorter and the darkness of night arrives earlier. This is the time when rapists, thieves and all sorts of criminals alike strike frequently.
An Alphanista is in control of her body, her fate, and inevitably, her destiny. Although there are times when she will become so overwhelmed with her daily routine and responsibilities, she will not neglect to take careful notice of her personal well being and safety.
While an Alphanista will more than likely never be able to prevent an attack against her, there are a few things she can do to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of crime:
Personal and Home Security
o When walking alone at night, always be aware of your surroundings, open your eyes and ears to sounds, rustling leaves, really quiet footsteps
o Don’t be afraid to glance over your shoulder every so often, who cares if you look crazy!
o Vary your traveling routine, drive or walk different routes, criminals typically observe patterns of behavior
o Avoid distractions such as phone calls, text messages, ipods, when walking at night
o Invest in self defense products like pepper spray, stun guns, steel batons, personal alarms and sharp objects to attach to your car keys
o Spread possessions; keep keys separate from your credit cards. Keep cash separate from your credit cards. If you are ever robbed or you lose your wallet/purse, you’ll have solace in knowing you were able to hold onto some your belongings
o For home owners, investing in a home security system could make all the difference in the world when it comes to protecting your body and your property from physical harm or burglary
o Enroll in a self-defense course, this could range from anything such as martial arts to standard security and resistance courses (see videos
Driving and Traveling Safety Tips
When approaching your vehicle:
o Before getting in, look inside your car for anything unusual or potential intruders.
o Already have your keys in your hand. Do not wait to get to your vehicle to start searching in your purse for keys.
o Get into your car right away, start the ignition, drive away immediately. We women are inclined to get into cars and just sit there. Do not do this. A potential predator could be eying your every move waiting for the right opportunity to attack you.
• Carry pepper spray or some type of resistance mechanism at all times
• Carry your cell phone with you, also have a phone charger in your car
• If you utilize public transit, have a travel partner, memorize your routes, be familiar with your bus drivers
• If you are going out of town or are not going to be at work, let someone you trust know
• Do your activities during the daylight, if you absolutely MUST go out into the night, call a friend to meet you
• Be friendly, but also leery of random people (especially men) asking you for/offering help
• Do not hitchhike or give your personal information out to strangers.
• Pay attention to the radio, signs, posters, news, newspapers that advertise criminal behavior in your area
Just because you are an alpha female, doesn’t mean you are immune to danger. You are just as human as the next woman, so remember anything could happen to you too, just be at an advantage knowing you are prepared!
Guest Blogger Amoye is a writer and thinker from Toronto Canada. She doesn’t care too much for fancy titles, but is also a recent university graduate, artist and entrepreneur.