There are certain things that affect us all regardless of our age, gender, class, or achievement; things like illness, low self-esteem, heartbreak, and betrayal. All of these things transcend our individualities and instead, target society as a whole. Impostor syndrome is one of these things.
- Try writing out all the reasons that you feel you do not deserve recognition for your accomplishments, and all the reasons you feel you are a fraud. Write it in a journal, on the back of a receipt, in an unsaved Word document, or in an email to your mom – it doesn’t matter where – just get your doubts out of your head and into a format where you can really deal with them. Hopefully, this exercise will give you some perspective on why you’re feeling the way you do.
- In that same vein, write out the reasons as to why your achievements are valuable. Why does what you do matter? It can be something small, like: ‘My mom really loves to read what I write, so that’s why I write.’ Be cognizant of the fact that your achievements may mean a lot to other people, even if it’s just your family and friends.
- Stop comparing yourself to other people. This is easier said than done, and is a sentiment that has probably been reiterated millions of times for a million different reasons, but I’ll say it again. Nothing good ever comes from comparing your accomplishments to others.
- Fake it ’til you make it! The truth is, no matter how successful or together someone may seem, they’re likely battling with their own deeply rooted insecurities; maybe even their own version of impostor syndrome. We are all fighting our own monsters, and we are figuring things out day-by-day.
Zakiya has her degree in journalism from Ryerson University and currently works as a freelance content writer based in Toronto. Zak is a dedicated journal-er and enjoys writing and reading fiction, particularly science fiction, in her free time. Mental illness is something that has touched her life and the lives of her loved ones, so she is supportive of anything that brings attention to and provides new perspectives about mental health.