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Women Supporting Women: Embracing the Beauty of Female Friendships

Foreword

Friendship is beautiful and a special relationship close to everyone's heart. Since the beginning of time, female friendships have been the bedrock of many women's lives.


In an era in which romantic relationships are great, female friendships are still the net we fall into when we need help or support.


It is true, "Each time a woman stands up for herself, she stands up for all women." There's a feeling of attachment a woman has with another woman in terms of emotions, as they are emotionally stronger.


In this blog, we will discuss the beauty of female friendships, and how they play a vital role in our overall development.


We will also discuss some common challenges that we might face in our female friendships. Although these challenges are not gender-specific, we will concentrate on women's companionships only.


The Power of Female Friendships

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Female friendships are rewarding because they allow you a certain level of freedom that a woman may not hold outside of her close circle.


As all women go through the same physical and emotional changes, a female companion understands them very well. For some women, their female friends are their backbone, their support systems with which they share a relationship equal to sisterhood.


A Sense of Motivation and Confidence


Friends can act as cheerleaders, offering encouragement, celebrating milestones, and providing a sense of accountability. This support can ignite motivation and drive individuals to push beyond their comfort zones, overcome obstacles, and strive for personal excellence.


Providing a Safe Space for Vulnerability


By providing a safe space for vulnerability, female friends can offer each other understanding, empathy, and support.


It allows them to openly express their fears, insecurities, and struggles without fear of judgment or rejection. This aspect of friendship fosters deep emotional connections and helps in building trust.


Unity and Connection


Spending time with your friends leads to the release of serotonin and oxytocin. The bonding hormones and these connections are essential to us as women strive for wellness. The vibe level matches with female friends, and having to support them, a woman also starts achieving their career goals.

Providing Emotional Support


A man’s mindset is solution-oriented. Whenever they hear a problem, they tend to provide a solution for it. This great quality sometimes does not align with female requirements at that time. What we need is a shoulder to cry on, we need somebody to just listen.

Some people say women are emotionally weak, but that is not true. A woman is powerful emotionally and it doubles up when your girl gang stands by your side. They make you feel comfortable and help to overcome mental health issues.


Serenity in a Secure Environment


There are many places where we meet people from different mindsets. Some of them are demons in the body of a human.


Still, when women come together and make each other feel comfortable and safe, they raise their voices together against any such practice, and there are more chances of creating a safer society for women.


Common Challenges in Female Friendships

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While with the beauty of female friendship, it is also true that some female companions can turn into a vile competition.


This topic is absolutely not gender-oriented, but since we are discussing female friendships, let’s continue.

Challenges may occur in female friendships sometimes. Let us have a read at some of them.


Career Comparison


A challenge that may occur in our lives is when two women are on different paths financially, career-wise, emotionally, and mentally. Sometimes, women get competitive in their connections or relationships, because of which many problems are fronted.

They also become more complex because one in the group is getting more encouragement, leading to a gap between them somewhere.


Jealousy And Insecurities


From childhood companions to adult confidants, the bond between women is complex and profound. Sometimes due to differences, there is some jealousy between feminine circles. Different types of jealousy exist in relationship status, partners, and body insecurities.


Body Standards


Sometimes, the reasons for disputes in girls' groups are body shape as no one feels comfortable being body-shamed. A common preconception of having a perfect body is what often becomes a topic. Although there is nothing like a ‘perfect’ body, it sometimes becomes a barrier because of ridiculous generalizations.


Overcoming Challenges in Female Friendships

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To overcome challenges in female friendships:

  • Communicate openly and honestly.

  • Practice empathy and understanding.

  • Address issues early to prevent escalation.

  • Set clear boundaries and respect each other's limits.

  • Cultivate forgiveness and let go of grudges.

  • Seek mediation if needed.

  • Focus on the positive aspects of the friendship.

  • Invest time and effort in nurturing the relationship.

By following these steps, you can navigate challenges and build a stronger friendship.


In a Nutshell


There are complexities in every relationship, whether between the same gender or the opposite, but to heal that and be together is one of the beauties of friendships.


Female friendships also have some problems, but respecting each other's emotions, feelings, and pain makes these attachments more beautiful.


Women stand out from each other in their downfall, whether financially or emotionally. They make you feel better to get out of it.


There is a need to understand that no one is perfect; everyone has some flaws, so the comparison should not be there for better, long-lasting friendships.


Start supporting other women around you, and you will automatically notice the difference because everyone knows that "Strong women lift each other up."


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