Carter Lowe Creator, entrepreneur, and self-care advocate
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Five tricks for trouble

Troubles and even danger can await you anywhere and anytime. Will you be able to protect yourself in an unforeseen situation? How to act when attacked?

It's better to know self-defense beforehand, especially if violence is unavoidable and you're unable to defuse the situation or run away. Here are some tricks that may someday save your life.

1. Shout loudly and resist. If you understand that a person is about to attack you, yell as loudly as possible and move straight towards him. The offender most likely does not expect resistance, so you can buy time and strike first. Also, with your cry, you can scare the attacker and at the same time signal for help.

2. Use whatever is at hand as a weapon. In a dangerous situation, you can use everything you have as a weapon: a purse, keys, hairspray, even any garbage under your feet. It doesn't matter that you don't have a gun, knife, or gas canister, anything within reach will help to detain an attacker.

3. Remember the most vulnerable places of the human body. When fighting a criminal, you may only have one chance to break free and run, so aim for the places that are easiest to damage - eyes, ears, nose, neck, knees and groin. It is best to strike with elbows, knees or head. So you can cause the most harm to the attacker.

4. Know how to get out of the grip. Most often, the perpetrator does not attack directly. He can attack from behind, squeezing your throat, grabbing your wrists, or grabbing your waist in a so-called bear hold. Women can be grabbed from behind by the hair. In such situations, your build does not matter, it is important to correctly distribute the weight and upset the opponent's balance in order to gain the upper hand. Now there are many courses that will teach you this.

5. It is always better to prevent an attack. Most criminals choose the most vulnerable victim. To minimize the possibility of attack on you, walk and park in well-lit areas, change your routes and times of movement periodically, and carefully study the surrounding area.