It’s a Tough, Cruel World Out There: Don’t Leave Home Without These

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Natural disasters, threats of world war, global pandemic–we’ve seen all these, and we’re barely in the second month of the new year. It is a cruel world out there, no matter how good it was yesterday, we can’t be too relaxed because everything could change tomorrow.

That’s why we should be tougher during these tough times. Here are some practical tips that you could use to help you toughen up and survive the harsher days ahead.

It’s Time to Learn Self-Defense

If you’ve spent the past couple of years lounging on your couch, just Netflix-and-chilling, it’s time to get up and get in shape. The best way to shed a couple of pounds is to pick up a new sport, any form of martial arts that would come in handy in times of need. Fortunately, you have a lot of activities to choose from.

You could go the traditional route and learn Karate, Taekwondo, or Judo. You can attend boxing lessons, or venture into mixed martial arts if you really want to hone your skills. Learning something that could help save a life in the future is a great way to spend your free time.

After work, instead of going straight to the sofa to watch TV, devote an hour or two to training. Through repetition, you’ll be more comfortable throwing punches and kicks or blocking and deflecting attacks.

Gain Reliable Contacts

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It’s human nature to mingle and forge bonds with other people. Use this to your advantage: don’t just make friends with random strangers or office colleagues; instead, collect contacts of professionals that could help you in the future. Always remember your go-to doctor’s number.

If you have regular check-ups, try to be friendly, gain their favor, and ask for their personal number. You can do the same with a defense lawyer in Salt Lake City, so that you’ll have someone to bounce your legal-related questions off.

Having these types of contacts at all times is similar to having a reliable mechanic or plumber at the ready. So when you’re in trouble, be it for health or legal reasons, you’ll have someone to turn to, or at least have someone to ask for advice from.

Learn Survival, First-Aid Skills

Aside from learning martial arts, it’s also important to learn survival skills, like camping and creating makeshift shelters. Learn how to start a fire with materials readily available from nature, and know a bit of bushcraft so you can create a shelter out of branches and leaves.

Learn how to use a slingshot, a bow-and-arrow, and other tools that can help you catch your own food. Take lessons in foraging, so you can determine which plants are safe to eat and which ones are poisonous.

You should also learn basic first aid so that you can help others in times of need. You can take lessons to learn basic CPR, cleaning and dressing wounds, and a lot more. You don’t know when or where you might need these skills, but knowing these can literally help save a life.

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