Feeling safe and secure is fundamental to our mental health and well-being. When we feel safe, we find it easier to reach peace of mind and focus on the present. Though safety can never be guaranteed, there are ways to be and feel safer at home, work or anywhere you may be.

1. Brighten your home

Brightening your surroundings can help you feel less vulnerable. A well-lit home and garden, if you have one, allows you to be more conscious of your space. If something doesn’t look right, you’ll see it immediately.

2. Shut out the night

Before it gets dark outside, close your blinds and curtains. Even though you can’t see outside, people outside can see you very clearly at night if your windows are exposed.

3. Avoid dark, overgrown corners

Beautiful gardens, parking lots, and urban spaces can quickly become scary if hidden from light or the public eye. Rather avoid entering areas that seem unsafe, or try to travel through them with a group of people.

4. Be careful of what you post online

While checking into places on social media as you arrive may seem cool, it’s also dangerous. People can monitor your profile to see where you are in real-time. Play it safe by only checking into that hotspot once you’ve returned home.

5. Panic buttons ease panic

Pepper spray and basic self-defence go really well with a panic button! Whether it’s for you or your loved ones, knowing that you have 24/7/365 access to 1 800 armed responders is a game-changer for peace of mind.