Strong women impact our lives, and we can’t help but feel gratitude for them. You may have been raised by a strong woman or had a strong female role model in your life who helped shape you into the beautiful person you are today. If you identify as a strong woman, then you’ll resonate with the following traits about yourself and all the other beautiful, strong women out there.

10 Signs of a Strong, Independent Woman

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1.     A strong woman displays unmatched courage.

If you have the mental fortitude, you stand up to face any challenge, no matter what it entails. A strong woman will also walk away from any situation that no longer serves her best interest, requiring immense courage. You may feel the fear, but you push past it and stand tall in the face of adversity or danger. This makes you incredibly powerful and a force to be reckoned with!

2. You love yourself no matter what.

If you love yourself despite the mistakes you’ve made and your perceived flaws, then you’re most certainly a strong woman. Self-love takes immense effort and time to cultivate, and only the strongest of women know how to love themselves.

3. You don’t depend on anyone else.

Independent females don’t lean on anyone else for their financial, emotional, mental, or physical well-being. It can feel scary to go out there on your own and conquer the world, but you don’t let the fear of failure stop you. You trust yourself to get through any challenge, which makes you a strong woman.

4. A strong woman is kind and compassionate.

Kind words are short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” Mother Teresa

Strong women don’t consider kindness a weakness; instead, they see it as an essential part of being human. Empathy helps them connect with others emotionally and build others up rather than tear them down. Strong women don’t use their egos for evil but good. They see others as their brothers and sisters and treat them as such.

5. You always follow your intuition.

A strong woman doesn’t listen to any voice in life but her own. She trusts her gut, knowing that her instincts will never lead her astray. She may listen to other people’s opinions, but they have no bearing on her decision-making process or personal values. Her intuition speaks loudly, and she’s learned how to quiet her mind and honor her inner voice.

6. Others consider a strong woman a great role model.

Others look up to you for your wonderful personality, attitude, and treatment of others. People come to you for advice or to catch up and chat for a bit. They truly love your company, as you radiate happiness, wisdom, kindness, and strength.

As a strong woman, you know that strength doesn’t come from the brute force but rather an inner fire that never stops burning. It’s a humble, quiet strength that doesn’t boast, and people feel drawn to this peaceful yet vibrant energy you give off.

7. You know how to make your happiness.

A strong woman doesn’t depend on others for their happiness – they create it. If you’re a strong woman, you don’t let other people’s feelings get you down. You also don’t let your inner turmoils run your life; you rise above and make the best of this beautiful journey.

8. A strong woman doesn’t shy away from showing emotions.

“Never be ashamed of how you feel. You have the right to feel any emotion you want.” – Demi Lovato

Strong women don’t bash themselves or others for feeling and sharing emotions. They know that holding in emotions only creates more problems in the long run, and hiding your true feelings isn’t healthy. They speak their minds, let out their innermost feelings and thoughts, and then move on.

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9. You always believe in yourself.

Believing in yourself allows you to reach new heights in life, but only a person with healthy confidence knows that. They know that having faith in your abilities forms the essential foundation for creating the life you deserve.

10. A strong woman shows others unconditional love and support.

A study of maternal vs. romantic love revealed that many of the same brain regions became activated with both types of love. It also led to a suppression of brain activity linked to the negative judgment of other people and negative emotions. So, this means that the love your mom showed you as a child helped you learn how to love others unconditionally. This doesn’t just apply to romantic partners, either; any close relationship you have in life requires love to flourish.

So, next time you see your mom or grandmother, thank her for being a strong woman who helped shape you. Because of them, we grew into the strong women (and men) that we are today.

5 Ways to Find Your Inner Strong Woman

Here are some tips to help you summon your inner strength.

1.     Practice positive thinking in every situation.

It may seem challenging to keep a positive mindset even in the darkest times, but there’s always a silver lining. Perhaps trouble crossed your path to teach you an important lesson or remind you to practice gratitude for what you have. If you can remain mentally balanced no matter what you face, you’re well to become a strong woman.

Next time you find yourself in the middle of a stressful situation, repeat positive affirmations such as “I’ve got this” or “Nothing can take away my inner peace.” If you say these mantras enough, you will start to believe them. Then, no person or circumstance can drag you down, and you will have the tools to combat any problem with confidence.

2. Surround yourself with uplifting, empowered people.

If you hang around negative people who have no goals in life, their energy will cloud your mind eventually. You start to lose motivation when you’re around people who view the world through such a dark lens. A strong woman needs equally powerful people around her who will support her dreams and goals.

Negative people end up sucking the life out of you but inspire people to enhance your energy levels. They realize that to accomplish anything in life requires positivity and inner strength. Empowered people only like to associate with like-minded individuals who encourage them to push past their limitations. So, seek out the company of those who wish to emulate you to become your best self.

3. Develop healthy habits.

A strong woman knows that taking care of herself is essential for developing mental resilience. She avoids habits that diminish her health, such as smoking, drinking, eating unhealthy food, or overindulging in the news. Instead, a formidable woman will choose the more challenging path of exercising, eating healthy, and training her brain to become more positive. Good habits require willpower and effort to practice, but anything worth having doesn’t come easily.

Today’s lives are filled with opportunities for instant gratification, but we never feel satisfied. The strongest people know that inner happiness comes from delaying rewards until you’ve worked hard to earn them. So, this could mean exercising five days a week to achieve your weight loss goals. Maybe it means spending an extra hour or two each week prepping healthy meals. These habits take time out of your schedule, but the benefit of improving your health makes them well worth it.

4. Don’t follow the crowd.

A strong woman carves her path in life and doesn’t care about fitting in with others. She trusts her intuition to lead the way and relies on her higher self in the most demanding situations. If you want to become a resilient woman who stands out from others, take the path of most significant resistance. Take the long, arduous route through life instead of the easy way out.

You will see that happiness isn’t found in the crowd but inside yourself. And, the journey within isn’t always pleasant; it involves facing the truth directly and dealing with your inner demons.

That is why so many people choose to distract themselves with instant gratification rather than doing the difficult work of self-improvement. But, if you want to master yourself, you will have to dive into the depths of your soul, something most people avoid at all costs.

5. Get outside your comfort zone.

Expanding on the last point, trying new things will help you push past self-imposed limitations. If you want to commit to improving yourself, you have to feel a little uncomfortable during the process. Once you experience your greatest fear or achieve something you once considered impossible, you will start to feel your inner power. No matter how long you’ve been in the dark, the world will shine brighter when you defeat your doubts.

After all, Buddha said: “A man who conquers himself is greater than one who conquers a thousand men in battle.”

Transform yourself, and you will have done your part in changing the world.

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Final Thoughts on Celebrating Strong Women

When you look around at the world, it’s incredible what humans have accomplished. Women throughout history have played a large part in the success of our species and have helped shape us into who we are today. A strong woman shows resilience, courage, and wit in the face of adversity and never backs down from a difficult situation. She stands tall no matter what storms she may face and also lifts the people around her.

We can learn a lot from strong women, and we’re blessed to have them in our lives.