Winter time can be a marvelous season highlighted by skiing, snow, and family holidays. Many people naturally associate the cold weather with festivities, joy, and gift giving.
However, along with beautiful Christmas lights and fluffy mounds of snow comes inherent risks with the winter season. The sun sets earlier in the day, gets darker, and therefore provides a greater cloak for criminals. Less people are outdoors which creates desolateness and provides less deterrence to predators. If you want to stay safe in the winter time, you must follow basic precautions to ensure you’re optimally protected.
- Schedule Around The Sun
We know that it’s not always possible to make your own schedule, but try to plan things in the daytime. If you have the option of going to the grocery store in the morning or in the evening, opt to go in the morning when the sun is shining bright. If you have the choice to run in the morning before work or in the night time after work, try to run in the morning so you’re running with the sun. Also, exercise to start your day gives you an adrenaline rush that energizes you throughout your day. When you can, try to do things in the daytime. The sun will make your activities warmer too!
- Arm Yourself With Self Defense Weapons
There is a reason that we create tools and weapons to perform certain jobs – humans aren’t capable of doing certain things. That’s the same reason why self defense weapons such as self defense keychains, pepper spray, and guns are so prevalent in today’s society. Humans have different physical capabilities and unfortunately some unsavory characters will try to exploit others. If you arm yourself with proper cat ear keychains, mace bear spray, or legal handguns, you will be more prepared to take on danger.
- Stay Indoors
Since winter is very low-key, it’s a great time to stay indoors and work on yourself. Many people go to sleep earlier, spend more time reading, do more cooking and baking, and focus on long term projects and endeavors. Winter time provides a great opportunity to do these things, because you don’t have to worry about “FOMO” (fear of missing out) since there isn’t much going on anyways!
- Do Group Activities
When you do go out in public, try to do things with groups of people. Plan fun events with your friends, coworkers, or neighbors and stick together to ensure that everyone is safe. Examples of great group activities to do in the winter include trying out new restaurants, exploring museums, going bowling, or simply shopping.
- Stay In Populated Areas
If you have to go out in public by yourself, make sure to stay in populated areas. Criminals prey on isolated individuals who cannot receive help from others and purposely stake out these areas. As long as you stay near other people in populated areas, you will be less of a target. We understand that with social distancing and the desire for independence, this may be challenging but try your best since others will help you if you’re in need.
Winter time can be a magical time to relax, rejuvenate, and get ready for spring. But it can also be a time of increased risks and lurking dangers that you don’t expect. If you follow the tips above, you’ll be sure to stay safe while having fun and appreciating everything that winter has to offer!