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How to Keep Going During Tough Times (Even With Imposter Syndrome)




It's bad out there.


It's completely understandable if you feel you're walking a tightrope at the moment:


- just about hanging in there but worrying at any moment you'll fall off 😬


And this is exacerbated if you have Imposter Syndrome - you are already so challenged internally, that this extra pressure can feel like it's going to tip you over the edge 😩


So in today's blog, I'm going to give you some tips to help you stay balanced πŸ’–



1. Manage your self-talk


Don't let your brain make the situation worse.


Your brain is not always your friend - thoughts can come that are really unhelpful:


😩 "You can't cope..."


😩 "You can't do this..."


😩 "You are going to fail..."


And when you suffer from Imposter Syndrome, the current climate will be making your inner critic worse...



Remember, YOU get to CHOOSE the thoughts you allow to take root in your head.



With the power of neuroplasticity, the more you think a thought, the more likely you are to think it again in the future.


So don't let that be those negative thoughts!


Instead, choose an empowering thought that works for you -


my favourite at the moment: I tell myself, YOU'VE GOT THIS.


And repeat!


Often.


And whenever you get an unhelpful thought.


Make THAT the neural pathway that's strengthened.


Remember: YOU'VE GOT THIS πŸ’ͺπŸ”₯




2. Celebrate successes, however small


It may not feel like it, but every day there WILL be little Wins.


Whether that's a successful moment in homeschooling...


...or a meeting that went unexpectedly well πŸ’ͺ



These can be so small that you don't notice them...


But CHOOSE to notice them, and they will accumulate to remind you that you ARE getting through this.



This is something that my clients with Imposter Syndrome can struggle with: they are far more used to being self-critical than self-congratulatory...


But with practice, it will get easier.


And it's really worth practising.



So mine from this week:


βœ… getting on with my tax return (the relief!)


βœ… fabulous client sessions (always a joy πŸ’–)


βœ… my daughter enjoying her first full week of online learning (THANK YOU Mrs Guntrip)


βœ… a tasty fish pie (such a faff, but a happy family...)


βœ… and finally no more Quality Street left! (Just the toffee penny, which doesn't tempt me πŸ˜‚)



Get in the habit of doing this daily, for example using habit-stacking:

🌟 every night as you brush your teeth, think about three things you have achieved that day.


Or if you find it helpful, write it in a journal (I am newly converted to journalling, I find writing things out so powerful).


Take the time to remind yoursel