Do you sometimes feel like your success is based more on luck than your own skills, but when you get something wrong it is all on you?
Do you compare yourself to others and think that they have it all together and know what they are doing, but you have no clue?
This sort of thinking is known as imposter syndrome and is a pattern of thinking where a person doubts their accomplishments and feels like they don't deserve their own success.
This is something we may all feel from time to time regardless of whether we are just starting out or are experts in a field.
If our level of how we value and see ourselves is low, it can be because we have beliefs and opinions about ourselves that are very hard to handle.
Low self-esteem can contribute to depression or anxiety, and the reverse is also true.
It's really important to understand that you're allowed to feel good about yourself and who you are as a person.
This is easier said than done, but there are a number of ways where you can feel better about yourself that don't require too much time or energy:
- Be more compassionate to yourself and engage in some self-love. This isn't always easy but being kind to yourself and forgiving yourself when you make mistakes can make a huge difference in improving your self esteem.
- If struggling to finish a task, break it down into smaller steps and acknowledge and celebrate the small wins. It's okay to take pride in things you do.
- Get active. Moving your body can give you a natural buzz and burst of energy, especially when you are feeling low.
- Challenge your thinking. Your internal voice is often one of the biggest roadblocks to feeling yourself. Learning to notice this voice and challenge what it is saying is a great way to build mental assertiveness.
Want to know more?
Check out the Headspace blog online which is full of great tips and tricks.