January is National Personal Self-Defense Awareness Month. In many situations, knowing how to defend yourself is your best chance against a bad situation. Self-defense can be physical, but it's also mental. Sometimes, your best defense can be calmness and alertness in a terrible situation. Always make sure friends or family know where you are, and when to expect you home at any given time. Be aware of your exit points, pay attention to your valuables, and if you're in physical danger, it's not a bad idea to know how to hit an attacker and run. Never stay long enough to fight. Check out this article on Lifehacker for a few quick tips.