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Published: March 15, 2022

Impostor Syndrome: What It Is and How to Overcome It

Do you ever feel like a fraud? Like you're not really qualified to do the job you've been given, or that someone is going to find out that you're a total imposter? If so, then you may be experiencing imposter syndrome. This condition is surprisingly common, but it can be crippling for those who suffer from it. I would like to take a couple of minutes to discuss what imposter syndrome is and how to overcome it!

Most people with imposter syndrome feel like they're constantly being evaluated and that they're going to be exposed as a fraud at any moment. This can lead to a great deal of anxiety, stress, and even depression. It's important to remember that imposter syndrome is not a reflection of your actual abilities or worth! Just because you feel like an imposter does not mean that you are one.

There are a few key things that you can do to overcome imposter syndrome:

- Talk to someone about how you're feeling. It can be really helpful to talk to a counselor or therapist who can help you understand your thoughts and feelings and work through them in a healthy way.

- Be gentle with yourself. Accepting that you are human and that you will make mistakes is an important step in overcoming imposter syndrome.

- Practice self-compassion. This means being kind and understanding towards yourself, even when you make mistakes.

- Set realistic goals for yourself. Trying to do too much at once can be overwhelming and lead to feelings of inadequacy. Find a balance between challenging yourself and taking care of yourself.

Impostor syndrome is real, and it's something that a lot of people deal with on a daily basis. Talk to a trusted friend or professional, set realistic goals for yourself, and be gentle with yourself. You got this! If you think you may be suffering from imposter syndrome, know that you are not alone and there are things that you can do to feel better!

Do you have any tips for overcoming imposter syndrome? Share them in the comments below! And if you found this blog post helpful, please share it with your friends! 🙂 Thanks for reading!

by Tara Janego, MS
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