It was a typical Friday night, and I was getting ready to go out. I was feeling a bit overwhelmed by the thought of walking into a place I had never been before, surrounded by people I didn't know. I knew I had to take some precautions, so I wouldn't end up in a bad situation.
First, I did some self-talk, reminding myself that I was in control and that no matter what happened, I could handle it. I then began to dress in a way that made me feel more confident and comfortable. I put on an outfit that made me feel like I belonged, something that was unique to me, and I made sure to accessorize with items that I knew would make me feel safe.
Next, I took some time to mentally prepare for the night. I asked myself questions like, what is the plan? Who am I going with? What will I do if something doesn't go as planned? This helped me stay organized and on track.
Finally, before I left, I made sure to set some boundaries for myself. I knew that if I was going to have a good time, I had to keep my drinking to a safe limit. I also made sure to keep an eye on my drink throughout the night and to never accept a drink from someone I didn't know. By taking these steps, I was able to shift from my safe surroundings to a place I didn't know, with confidence and assurance. I was able to enjoy a fun and safe night out with friends.
“This all may sound corny and I hope you're still reading, but these are essential things to think about these days. Your safety is in your hands, especially when you're looking to have a carefree and dance like no one is watching time”.
Festival season and clubbing are two of the most exciting times of the year. Whether you’re at a music festival, or winding down after a night out, it’s important to stay safe, so you can enjoy every moment. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind before you head out.
1. Know your surroundings: Before you go out, it’s important to be aware of your surroundings. Take a look around and assess the area, the people, and the environment. If something feels off, trust your gut and leave.
2. Stay with friends: Make sure you always have a group of people you can rely on. If you’re going out clubbing, make sure you don’t leave your friends to go off on your own.
3. Stay sober: It’s important to know your limits when it comes to alcohol and drugs. Don’t let yourself get too drunk or high, as it could put you in a vulnerable position.
4. Keep your phone charged: Make sure you always have a fully charged phone in case of emergency. It’s also a good idea to keep a list of emergency contacts and taxi numbers with you.
5. Be aware of pickpockets: Pickpockets are common at festivals and clubs. Keep your valuables close to you, and be aware of anyone who looks suspicious.
6. Have a plan: Before you head out, make sure you have a plan of how you’re getting home. If you’re taking a taxi, make sure you arrange it in advance.
7. Wear comfortable clothes: Wear something comfortable and easy to move in, in case you need to make a quick escape. Avoid wearing expensive jewellery or showing off too much cash.
8. Don’t accept drinks from strangers: It’s never a good idea to accept drinks from people you don’t know.
Be aware of your drink at all times and don’t leave it unattended. Following these tips can help you have a safe and enjoyable time out. Have a great time, but always remember to stay safe.