An estimated 70 percent of people have experienced imposter syndrome before. Take a minute to think about that significantly high number. The link between social anxiety and imposter syndrome is unavoidable; it only makes sense that someone with social anxiety is prepared to question themselves.
Despite an overwhelming amount of factors leading to someone with social anxiety to feel impostor syndrome, there no reason that you can’t move past it. That’s right, imposter syndrome is not something that you have to hang on to. There are plenty of ways to overcome imposter syndrome, but as a sufferer of social anxiety, there are certain ways I prefer to handle it that you can use as well.
Let It Out
One of the best ways to overcome imposter syndrome is to share your feelings with someone that you trust. I like to rely on my boyfriend and my best friends when I get into a funk. I let them know exactly how I feel, and why. Just having someone listen is enough, but sharing with someone you care about can really give you a freeing feeling.
Or Write It Out
Yes, I get it. As someone with social anxiety, opening up to people, even those I love, isn’t the easiest. So, if you don’t feel like discussing your feelings with everyone, then at least get it down on paper. When I journal my feelings, I allow myself to be at my most vulnerable. If you’re not a fan of pen and paper, then type out a note to yourself, read it out loud and then hit delete. You don’t need a negative reminder of things.
Stop The Comparison Game
What’s a major problem that leads to many of us feeling imposter syndrome on a daily basis? Social media, of course! Can’t live with it, can’t live without it. However, when you feel imposter syndrome coming on, it’s time to either delete Instagram for a couple of days or at least unfollow any account that doesn’t add positivity to your life. Everyone moves at their own pace, and there’s no need to compare where you are in life to someone else.
Let Your Self Feel
This is probably one of the hardest things, but when you feel imposter syndrome, it’s important for you to acknowledge it. Question yourself and your current life through the process, and allow yourself to feel everything. It’s normal to get in a negative headspace, so let it flow.
Focus On The Positive
When I feel low, I take out my gratitude journal and skim some of the latest pages. This helps me reflect and realize that despite my negative mindset, I always have things to be grateful for.
Visualize Your Success
I’ve written about creative visualization before, and I swear this is one of the quickest ways to bounce back. Visualizing myself achieving certain major goals makes me think of how possible reaching those goals actually are. It also helps me stay focused and productive.
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