4 Amazing Ways Women Can Empower Themselves

March is Women’s History Month. There’s no better time to embody the women who came before us by empowering yourself and other women in your life. This March, we’re raising each other up and inspiring women to be the best versions of themselves.
Follow these tips to discover what areas you can become more empowered in, and lead a happier and stronger life. 

Within Relationships 
Empowered women empower women. That's why it's so important to surround yourself with women who lift you up instead of tearing you down. Knowing how to identify what relationships are working to strengthen you and those around you, is key to cultivating more of them in your life. This also allows you to set boundaries with the ones that don’t. Finding people who validate your self-expression and the boundaries you have will help you continue to empower yourself and others.

With my bestie, Nada


If you feel like you aren’t fully fulfilled in your current relationships, focus on what you need and what you’re getting in return. Then, decide if you feel like your current relationships can develop. If they can't, maybe it’s time to make some new friends. Consider an app that introduces you to other people looking to make friends in your community, some even have filters where you can look for female friends nearby. 

Financial literacy is an area most women could use a little empowerment in as it’s rarely taught in schools or educational institutions. Financial empowerment can save women thousands over the years as they learn how to properly manage their finances. And avoid needing to pay a professional to do it for us. Knowing the benefits and process behind tasks like how to refinance your mortgage, how to balance a checkbook, how to plan for your retirement, and how to file your tax returns can make a huge difference in how you feel about your finances.

Financial empowerment can help lead to smarter financial decisions and security in other areas of your life. It also ensures that no matter what happens to the relationships in your life, you’ll always be able to take care of yourself. 

Another way women can empower themselves is by mastering a craft. Picking a new area to study or continuing your education in an area you have already studied can be very satisfying. It can even translate to bettering of other areas of your life. For instance, if you learn new skills that can make you a more marketable employee, you can request a raise or promotion from your current employer or search for new job opportunities. 
Learning a new skill could even help you make the jump to being self-employed, a dream for many women. Starting a new business is a great way to empower yourself and set an example for other women to start small businesses of their own.

In Your Health 
At times, discussing female health issues can feel taboo or like some big secret you have to hide from the rest of the world. But it’s so important to put aside those feelings so you can take control of your health and treatment. 
Make sure you’re going to your regular annual appointments like your doctor, OB/GYN, and dentist. These annual appointments are the best times for medical professionals to evaluate your overall health or any concerns you may have. Also, sit down with your family and discuss your genetic history. That way you can practice preventive medicine or know what to look for if you experience any health changes.
Beyond your physical health, make sure you’re taking care of your mental health. Knowing the strengths and weaknesses of your mental health can help you prevent stress and burnout. Like your physical health, consult a professional to discuss strategies on how to improve the state of your mental health. 

Taking control of your health can empower you to enjoy your daily life without stress. Adventurous activities like a hike won’t seem so scary when you know your heart can handle it, just like an important conversation won’t seem so scary when you know your mind can handle it.
There are many other little ways we can empower our lives and make a positive change. But these are the major ones in broad areas of your life - health, money, relationships and education. Remember, putting yourself first and making sure you're happy will help you help other women. 

Let me know some of the ways you've empowered your life, in the comments below. I'd love to hear your story!
Shabana Feroze

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