As a woman in today's society it is easy to be set back by the world around you; whether it's career development, education, gender roles, relationships, etc. However, times are changing. Minorities are rising. Women are more powerful than ever. Here are some statistics from the US Department of Labor to consider:
Women became less tolerant of others views. They started to empower and stand by each other. They started to become educated. They started to voice their opinions and rights. While there are still plenty of issues in today's society and especially around the world, women can breathe and accomplish any goal thrown their way.
First and foremost, we must empower our neighbors, especially our youth. Support female groups, attend support groups for women's empowerment, support important causes that provide for equal opportunity and accessibility to all genders and cultures, support female entrepreneurs, and most importantly empower yourself.
Pick up new hobbies and interests, reflect on your past experiences to see what you need in life, understand your strengths and weaknesses, accumulate measurable goals and chase them.
There's nothing more powerful than an educated woman. Become an expert in things that interest you, attend seminars, network with other women or businesses to build yourself professionally.
This is something you should celebrate whether you're single or in a relationship. Co-dependency can be tricky, but when you're liberated from it, you can truly thrive off who you can become. Focus on yourself and betterment.
Whether you participate in community service, donate to charities or movements, this can provide a positive effect on your environment and your own mentality, outlook, and purpose.
Accept your personal beauty. Accept your standards. Accept your flaws. Accept yourself.
Taking care of yourself is so important and can truly influence your overall perspective of who you truly are. Eat healthy, exercise routinely, take self-defense classes, try something new, set aside days of rest, treat yourself occasionally. The better you feel, the more empowered you can be.
Do these people treat you as an equal? Do you benefit from this relationship? Do these people empower you to be better? Reflect on these questions about who you surround yourself with and decide whether or not the friendship or relationship is holding you back. If it is, let go.
These are just some strategies to enhance your self concept, worth, and individuality. Be proud to be you, be proud to be a woman, and don't let anything stand in the way of your dreams; for they are attainable with the right amount of confidence and drive.
Heather Oller is a licensed Orlando therapist at Orlando Thrive Therapy, Coaching & Counseling who specializes in counseling Orlando couples, individuals, and families who are seeking changes in their lives. She has been a mental health professional for over 17 years and is a practicing Orlando counselor that specializes in conflict resolution for couples. You can contact her for an appointment or call 407-592-8997 for more information.