Do you struggle with emotional strength? If so, that’s completely understandable and normal since it can be difficult to become mentally stronger. After all, emotional strength is completely different from physical strength. It’s not something you can see yourself gain from lifting weights or doing cardio. Emotional strength is all internal, so it can be hard to notice whether you are strong. Being mentally strong all about how you handle your emotions, which is one of the hardest things to healthily do. Knowing this, curious to see whether you’re emotionally strong? Here are 10 signs you are!
1. You express your emotions
Bottling up your emotions isn’t healthy for anyone. Emotions are important indicators of what you need and if there’s anything wrong. Bottling them up can make you less responsive to your needs, and eventually, you may end up letting them all out at once, which may put a lot of stress on you. It can be hard in a society that often stigmatizes emotions, but they’re healthy and normal. Expressing them to people you trust is one of the best ways to stay balanced and healthy.
2. You don’t let your emotions run wild
While it may sound contradictory, emotionally strong people tend to have good control over their initial reactions. For example, you may get mad after hearing upsetting news, but you won’t let your anger make you say or do anything you would regret. Controlling your reactions is a hard skill to master since it takes a lot of experience and self-control, but it’s a very important part of becoming emotionally strong. After all, you don’t want to let your reactions ruin any relationships or opportunities for you.
3. You trust yourself
Putting faith in yourself isn’t easy when sometimes it feels as if everyone is telling you otherwise. Many of us probably second guess ourselves a lot since it takes so much confidence to believe in yourself. Confidence without caring about other’s opinions is often earned throughout your whole life, so don’t beat yourself up if you’re not completely there yet. Being sure of yourself takes a lot of emotional strength, so as long as you’re trying, you’re doing a great job!
4. You accept your limits and are open to help
No one is perfect, but it can be hard to accept that. We all want to be flawless and have our lives together all the time, but the fact is no one is like that. You have your own strengths and weaknesses, and that’s okay! Asking for help from someone with a different strength doesn’t make you a burden or weak; instead, it means you have the strength to admit you need help and want to learn. Accepting that and loving yourself is one of the biggest things emotionally strong people do.
5. You’re open to feedback
Have you ever been so proud of something that you didn’t want to hear a single bad thing about it? Chances are the answer is yes because we all have things we don’t want to hear criticism about. However, a big part of being emotionally strong, and life in general, is getting feedback. Regardless of whether you agree with that feedback or not, getting upset about it is likely not worth it. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, so there is often no point in taking it personally. It takes a strong person to put this into practice, but try to remember that criticism doesn’t take away from the value of your hard work or the project itself!
6. You know when and how to apologize
Has someone’s “apology” ever felt like a never-ending list of excuses? Admitting fault is one of the most difficult things to do. After all, who wants to be in the wrong? Although it may be unpleasant, you’re not going to go through life without being wrong at least a few times. Accepting you’ve made a mistake and apologizing for it is a huge sign of emotional strength and maturity. It’ll also help you make long-lasting, strong relationships for the rest of your life!
7. You try to take care of and improve yourself
Self-care and improvement are never-ending aspects of your life. However, they often get pushed to the side when there are seemingly a million things to do. It takes a lot of focus and discipline to make sure to properly take care of yourself. Knowing this, if you do, it is a big sign you’re emotionally strong. If not, that’s okay! It’s a hard thing to put into practice, so just try to remember that your well-being should be one of your highest priorities, if not your highest.
8. You’re kind and empathetic
In the world we live in, it can be easy to lose motivation to be kind to others. Sometimes, it feels as if people are only nice when they want something in return. However, as tempting as it can be to think that, it’s not the case most of the time. While there are a few people like that, most people aren’t. Emotionally strong people don’t let a couple of people overshadow all the amazing ones out there.
9. You’re open to new things
People often want to stick to what they’re good at. After all, it’s satisfying and makes you feel good. Even if it may sound nice, trying new things is good for the soul and can lead to you discovering new passions. However, like everything in life, there is the possibility of failure. Being emotionally strong means recognizing and accepting that possibility without letting it stop you from trying.
10. You’re persistent and consider all the options
When making a decision, it can be easy to fixate on an option without considering all the facts. For example, you may let one aspect of a choice, such as a single person or material item, carry too much weight. It can be tempting to do this since it takes the stress out of making a choice, but it’s always better to consider all the options. You could overlook something and regret your decision later if you don’t. Although it’ll make your decision harder and take more time, it’s the best way to make tough choices. So, next time you’re deciding something important, try to be emotionally strong and consider all the options!
Having emotional strength isn’t something instant; rather, it takes time and energy to develop. You may want to take it slow and steady with small changes to avoid getting overwhelmed. At the end of the day, trying to be emotionally strong is a huge show of emotional strength.
Are you emotionally strong? In what ways? If you don’t think you are, in what ways do you want to become stronger? Feel free to leave any comments with feedback or your experiences!