by Caryn Murray
Safety tips for women are usually passed on from one mother to the next, which means they might become somewhat out of date. However, these modern safety tips are for this generation of young women.
Health & Safety Tips for Women
Eat a healthy diet. “You are what you eat” is as simple as you can eat healthy and be healthy, or eat unhealthy and be unhealthy. (That might clear up the visual image of turning into a giant carrot.)
Exercise daily. This doesn’t have to be as unpleasant as it sounds. Going for a walk is better than sitting on the couch and watching TV after dinner. If you’re not doing this already, try it for a week and see how much better you will feel! Other fun ways to exercise include dancing, riding a bike or rollerblading, and swimming.
Drink plenty of water. Seriously, water really does help. You’re more hydrated, focused, and have more energy. Soda does not quench your thirst. The average person is supposed to consume 64 oz. of water every day. That’s not as much as it sounds because it is eight 8 oz. glasses, or less than 4 regular sized cups. Even if you only drink 2 bottles of water a day, you will notice a difference in how you feel.
Wash new clothes before you wear them. This is a random tidbit of safety advice that can prevent an unwanted reaction.
Sexual Safety Tips for Women
- The biggest mistake a young woman makes sexually is to depend on condoms to prevent pregnancy. (Or worse, to skip out on condoms when they are not available.) It is of utmost importance to do everything within your power to avoid an unplanned pregnancy, and that means taking birth control and other steps until you are in a stable relationship and have decided you are ready to take on the responsibility of children.
- Rape is something that is a more common threat to women then it is to men. Modern young women should be prepared by knowing and understanding the realities of the situation. A woman should know never to let her drink out of her sight (or accept an opened drink from a stranger) and to be prepared with basic self defense tips for women. Rape is more common with somebody the victim knows than a complete stranger, and sexual safety means understanding and preventing potential threats to your own sexual health.