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Coping with Imposter Syndrome

Coping with Imposter Syndrome

Sometimes we might feel like an "imposter" in different spaces. Though imposter syndrome is real, it is not a diagnosable condition. Moreso, it's about the times we might feel out of place, like at school, work, or in our friend groups. With these tips, we are here to remind you that you are worthy and deserving of belonging.

Imposter syndrome is a buzzword we've been hearing more recently, but what does it mean? Well, being an imposter means that you're pretending to be someone you're not rather than being new at something!

Imposter syndrome has affected us all at one time or another. Remember we all have to start at the beginning before achieving greatness. Take it one moment, step or day at a time.

Everyone has different strengths to offer. Take this quiz at High 5 Test to learn more about YOUR strengths! Afterwards, work to embrace who you are and how you do things!

When imposter syndrome has you down, take time to do a social media detox. Unfollow the people who trigger your imposter feelings and then put your device away for a while. Instead, go outside, read, journal, or talk to a friend.

Our mood greatly impacts our day to day life. Keep track of your imposter thoughts and feelings with mood. by mindyourmind This free app is designed to support you and your healing journey!

Check out therapist and boundary expert @NedraTawwab and her blog on Imposter Syndrome.

Take time to reflect on the people you spend time with. Oftentimes, we are picking up on how others feel about themselves which they then project onto us. When the imposter syndrome blues strike, keep in mind who is in your life and make adjustments that benefit you!

Your feelings are not always facts. Take time to challenge your imposter feelings. Ask yourself if there is any evidence that supports how you feel or think about yourself.

You are not a fraud. You have skills, strengths, and talents, and you are more than enough.

Did you know there are 5 types of imposter syndrome? Read this article, What Is Imposter Syndrome?, and see which type resonates with you.

Have you ever said to yourself "I don't belong" or "What am I doing here?" If yes, you might be experiencing some form of imposter syndrome. Learn more at

Sharing your imposter feelings can help you to find peace and reclaim your power. By talking about your self-doubt and/or fears, you can also connect with others who feel similarly. You are never alone.

This is a friendly reminder that you don't have to be perfect at everything. You can still do things even if you're not good at them. You deserve to take risks, have fun, and try new things.

Are your imposter feelings weighing you down? Pause for a minute and acknowledge those feelings without judgement. It's draining being at war with yourself. Show yourself compassion, rest, and take time for self care.

Exam season can bring in some imposter feelings. Always remember that you are a strong and capable person.

Although I may not feel like I am enough, I am. I am worthy of everything that I work hard for. Acknowledge your effort, validate your work and then let go!

Be aware of the conversations you have with yourself when in situations where imposter feelings are triggered. Rewrite the script you use in these situations. From "I am not good enough," to "I have earned my place".

Remember to journal your accomplishments so when you feel those imposter feelings come up again you can revisit your journal and know that your accomplishments are a result of your hard work.

Reach out for a chat to the friends who support you when you feel imposter feelings come up. Hearing your achievements from someone who knows you and supports you can help you cope with imposter syndrome.

Affirm: I cannot be good at everything, and that is okay.

It's exam season! You may feel like you haven't been working hard enough even after a difficult day. Challenge the imposter syndrome feels and show yourself some self compassion. Treat yourself to some takeout or a warm meal at home.

Do you have a song that empowers you every time you listen to it? Play it, sing it and celebrate yourself whenever those imposter feelings start coming up.

Being your own mascot can be hard when imposter feelings arise. Take a moment and ask yourself what you'd say to a friend who was feeling the same. Repeat this to yourself.

Taking time to learn about what imposter syndrome is can help you identify when you're experiencing it and come up with a safety plan. Learn more through this article from the American Psychological Association.


You won't be able to relieve yourself from all the feelings associated with imposter syndrome within a day. Take baby steps. Be patient, observant and work on addressing those feelings when they come up.

When we are accepted into a post-secondary program or get a volunteer position, internship or job, our imposter syndrome might kick in and tell us we don't deserve it. Just remind yourself that you do. You deserve everything that you've worked so hard for.

A part of experiencing imposter syndrome is the idea that you have to be perfect. This can feel overwhelming and might even impair you from completing the task. During those times, try repeating this to yourself: I am doing my best and that is all that matters.

Owning your achievements can be hard, especially when experiencing imposter syndrome. Try repeating "I" statements to counter the imposter feelings (e.g. I achieved this mark on my exam because I studied for 1hr each day for 2 weeks).

Forbes released a great article, Afraid of Being Found Out, that focuses on how to overcome imposter syndrome.

This is a reminder that you're not alone when it comes to having imposter feelings. Also check out a mindyourmind blog written by a young person, Feeling like a fraud.