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21st-century life has brought with it a lot of benefits, but it also has increased numbers of insecurities and other issues that can derail our happiness and cause our confidence to spiral downward. While we are sometimes able to feel confident and happy, these two feelings are so temporary that keeping hold of them is always an uphill battle. Below, we take a look at some of the most common issues that keep women (and men) back from feeling their best, as well as offering advice on how to overcome them.

Imposter Syndrome

Did you know that’s a phenomenon that’s common among successful people, most notable women? It’s called ‘imposter syndrome’. Essentially, it causes a person to doubt their worthiness for the position they’re in. So for example, a woman who is promoted to an executive level in a company might, under the surface, be thinking “you’re not smart enough for this, you’re going to be found out soon.” It can sap the joy out of our successes, but it can be overcome. Fake it till you make it! Don’t take it too seriously, and know that everyone feels that way sometimes.

Appearance Issues

Of all the issues that can cause us unhappiness, none are as common as our appearance. Low self-esteem regarding our looks can make enjoying the good times difficult, especially if we think there’s a camera around to snap the occasion. If your “flaws” are bringing you down, then you don’t have to suffer in silence: modern practices can reduce their significance. If you’re self-conscious about smiling, take a visit to Inspired Dentistry and get the teeth that’ll allow you to laugh and smile without a second thought. If you can’t stop thinking about your weight, join a slimming class and get down to the size you dream of being. Whatever your issue is, there will be a beauty treatment available!

Relationship Woes

It’s all too easy to lose ourselves in a relationship, to change so much that we forgot who we were before we were coupled up. This can come and go, but if it sticks around too long, you’ll want to do something about it. Getting your own interests, travelling alone, or taking greater control when it comes to decisions can give you confidence. It’s not about not loving them: it’s about feeling you’re living up to your potential.

Growing Older

Think a confident, happy life is only for the young? Think again. You can be a beacon of joy and confidence at any age, and in fact, it is all the more impressive if you’re not a spring chicken. It shows you’ll be living a life you’re proud of! Embrace the opportunity to grow older, with all the wisdom you’ve attained, and remember: growing older only narrows your options if you let it!

Not [Insecurity] Enough

Everyone thinks they should be more than they are, or that they’re not smart, witty, or entertaining enough to be of any note. If you’re struggling with this though, remember: some of the world’s most successful people have had this type of insecurity, and they turned out just fine.

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