By Travis Ostrom, IMPACT Personal Safety, Colorado team member
Living your life in fear for your personal safety can have a negative effect on your health and happiness. Constant fear, better named ANXIETY, can make a person more closed off from the world—loathe to trust others, averse to talking with strangers, and hesitant to try new things, be in new situations, or visit new places. Living in fear of violence is one of the more oppressive consequences of violence in our society.
Women have been taught their entire lives that the world is a dangerous place and that they do not have the ability to protect themselves. How often do women feel afraid to go for a hike by themselves? How often do women even feel afraid to stay at work late because they would have to walk to their car alone? These fears can prevent you from living your life to the fullest. This cycle of fear can be reversed.