It’s one of the most natural feelings in the world. The key is to be aware of what you fear and why you fear it. Then use your fear to move you forward. It’s a sure way to start facing your fear and overcome what holds you back.
While shopping inside it is a good idea to avoid dark hallways and stockrooms, especially at closing time. Be sure to only use bathrooms that are located in high traffic areas of the mall such as the food court.
Use plug in night lights in bathrooms, bedrooms, hallways and any other location where mom might travel after dark. They have night lights that are flat against the wall and only come on after dark but provide enough illumination to see if there is an obstacle in the way.
Every room that has two entrances should have a three way light switch installed at each entrance. You could try motion sensor lighting but it has been my experience that a person is halfway into the room before the light comes on.
Almost every electronic personal alarm for children had two or more functions. A Mace Sports Strobe, for example, has three. It will emit a flashing light and a loud sound when you pull the pin. A special attachment allows you to use it as a door or window alarm to alert you if an intruder tries to enter. There is also a setting that allows you to use the devise as a simple flashlight.
Think of how it was when you went to college or high school. If you were lucky, your classes were close to each other. If you were like me, each class was in a different building, scattered all over the campus, usually on the top floor. The library was never next to the dorm…
Be alert: It’s easy to get into the “zone” while running. But try not to tune out the entire world! Be alert and aware. Take care to notice if anyone comes running up behind you, or if an oncoming driver appears not to notice you. Your senses and your judgment are the most valuable safety tool you carry.