The world can sometimes be a dangerous place. Specially as a woman facing the possibility of being the victim of a violent attack is frightening, but there’s no need to live a life full of fear. Probably you can’t control all situations, but you can make smart decisions by avoiding unnecessary risks, learning to trust your intuition and self defense.

In general, statistics show that there are several crimes that women are most at risk of. These are rape, carjacking, purse snatching, hijacking, and crimes against children in their protection. Whatever the type of crime, women need to realize that they don’t have to give up and surrender to it or endure it.

In this article, we will list 5 important tips a woman can use to ensure higher personal safety.

1. Wake up and maintain your awareness

You need to be observant of your surroundings, know where you are going specially in low light or in locations where there are no people around. Wake up. Turn off your iPod/iPhone if needed. Don’t jog with earphones in both ears, you need to stay aware of what is happening around you in the surroundings. Awareness is key is personal safety.

2. Trust your intuition

If your instincts tells you something is wrong about a situation or a person, please don’t ignore them. There is a reason that they tell you so. As were too much relying on our intellect, we often neglect what our intuition as a result. So, if you have a bad feeling, or feel uncomfortable for no apparent reason, be alert.

3. Be Mentally prepared

Mental preparation is the first step to actually accepting the possibility of a violent attack to happen to you. Being mentally prepared is a big part of surviving a violent attack as it will prevent panic. Always have a simple plan in your mind for what you might do in such situations, make sure it’s realistic, working and practice over and over again.

4. Be Physically prepared

If you plan on walking home alone or expect to be in some other similarly risky situation, wear clothing that will allow you full mobility. Don’t look like an easy unprepared target. Carry items that will help you end a bad situation. There are very simple items that you can carry with you and are truly invaluable in such situations, carry something and learn to use it instinctively.

5. Do not think Pain, think Disabling

If you were attacked by a predator, chances are that he or she will be under the effect of drugs or alcohol, in such situations the attacker will be able to take a ton of punches and hits without feeling any kind of pain. Don’t try to defend yourself by punching and pushing, attack your attacker instead. The main aim in such situations would be to cause injury or disability to your attacker to prevent him from going forward until you are safe. Learn to strike specific major targets based on the situation.

Finally it’s important to understand that “Survival” and “Fighting” can sometimes go together and sometimes are just direct opposites. Sometimes in order to survive you must fight and fight as hard as you can, other times fighting is the worst choice you can make and in fact can get you into more trouble. Sometimes avoidance and running away, if optional, are better methods of survival than fighting or confrontation.