Imposter syndrome is a very real problem that many teachers fall victim to. It’s nothing to be ashamed of, but it can make the day-to-day difficult when you’re constantly second-guessing yourself and worrying if you’re qualified for your job.
Imposter syndrome is a feeling of inadequacy that you have after accomplishing something. It’s when you feel like you’re not worthy of your success and are going to be found out for who you really are, a fake. This post will discuss how teachers can combat this feeling by dealing with it head-on, as well as some warning signs that may indicate imposter syndrome is at work in their life. The most important thing to remember about imposter syndrome is that it doesn’t define who we are; rather, it’s just the negative thoughts our minds tell us sometimes. We can overcome these thoughts through self-care and taking care of ourselves first before others.
Here are some tips on how you can combat the imposter syndrome:
- Identify things you’re good at and make sure they get done well
- Take care of your mental health by practicing self-care such as going out with friends, listening to music, reading books that make you happy etc., which can help combat feelings of inadequacy and anxiety
- Talk to a friend or family member about what is going on in your life
- Get rid of all the negative thoughts in your head by writing them down and then ripping up the paper
- Be open with yourself about how you feel – don’t hide it from others because they will be able to help more
- Build confidence with small victories by challenging yourself in new ways or trying new activities
- Find someone who has gone through the same experience as you, and talk to them about their experiences