Have you been feeling like you’re an imposter lately? How about a phony? Maybe you don’t think you’re deserving of anything that you’ve achieved? Or maybe you’ve hit a tailspin and have started thinking that at any moment someone is going to figure out that you’re not qualified or good enough, and that you’re a complete and utter fraud? Does this sound like you? If it does, then, unfortunately, you’re in the middle of battling an Imposter Syndrome Meltdown.
Symptoms of Imposter Syndrome Meltdown
1. Calling your mom or anyone that will listen to the anxiety attack rantings of lower levels of self-esteem.
2. Dwelling on negative recent feedback/comments from people. However, dwelling on feedback/comments from twenty years ago is also seen in extreme cases.
3. Feelings of incapability which leads to a self-fulfilling prophecy of being frozen into not doing anything at all.
4. Temper tantrums and irritability. Sometimes these tantrums make you short with the ones you love, and then you deeply regret all your actions. That’s when the extreme guilt starts kicking in for how you mistreated them, especially because you called your spouse a word used for female genitalia…. and for your boss.
Causes of Imposter Syndrome Meltdown
1. Drugs! Lay off the illegal substances everyone. They may have highs, but they cause some pretty low lows. And they’re expensive!
2. Financial instability. Living pay cheque to pay cheque is stressful. You may be thinking where will you be living if you get sick? Maybe I should be making more money? Maybe I shouldn’t spend on frivolous things like drugs? Maybe I should have taken a business degree? Yeah, it sucks.
3. Comparing yourself to others. Don’t do it! So you didn’t take business in school! So your friends make more money than you! If you start comparing, then you’re headed down a hole with no return.
4. Poor diet and lack of exercise. Your diet affects your mood in every way. So lay off the junk/fried foods while binge-watching Riverdale on Netflix.
5. Lack of sleep. I can’t stress enough how important sleep is, and you’re most likely staying up late, doing drugs, eating crappy food, taking selfies, while thinking about how you’re broke and that you need to make more money like your old pal Kaley Johnson who is making 80k in her cushy marketing job. THAT BITCH!
Treatment for Imposter Syndrome Meltdown
1. Go to therapy or at least have someone solid to talk to who will listen to everything you’re saying. You’ll most likely have to work on your self-esteem issues, and it’s not an overnight process either. So be prepared to dig into all the shitty parts of your life that you try to avoid. Heck, this will even help you kick drugs!
2. Stop taking drugs! See above! It all ties together.
3. Start eating right and get some exercise. It’s not rocket science. Eating the proper food won’t make you tired and getting exercise will give you more energy. This affects your mood in a positive way and keeps you from falling into Meltdown mode. Yes, you can still Meltdown, but it will happen less if you just act on this part of the treatment. In early 2007, Britney Spears stopped eating Doritos, and she’s doing super duper now. Truth!
If you or a loved one you know is having any mental health struggles, please do get the help you need. If you need to talk to someone now, you can talk to one of the many fantastic therapists at Better Help by CLICKING HERE.
This post was created with the help of Grammarly.