"I just feel like I'm battling impostor syndrome all the time."
"This project is proving I can do this job, so any little mistake feels like I'm not capable."
"It's like I've had the wind knocked out of me."
All quotes from my female clients in the last week about work. The self-doubt and insecurity is stunting.
It's not a problem unique to women, but perhaps faced by women more often than men. Am I faking it? Do I really know what I'm doing? Am I not getting a promotion because I'm a woman? Will I get fired if I mess this up? Shouldn't I be more confident in myself?
It's easy to feel overwhelmed, inadequate, and insecure. Unchecked, these thoughts of inadequacy and insecurity turn into anxiety. Suddenly every task feels daunting, there's no way to get started, and the world feels heavy and scary.
Working with a trusted professional therapist can help remove these roadblocks, empowering you to move forward with confidence and ease.
A recent survey from CareerCast, a job-hunting website, finds unpredictability is the greatest cause of workplace stress in America.
"But that pervasive sense of insecurity comes in many forms, ranging from employees being tasked with new duties and sudden staff changes to unexpected shifts in company priorities. Other sources of stress that ranked nearly as high as unpredictability included workplace environment (21 percent) and deadlines (20 percent).
Among the professions that found unpredictability to be the biggest source of stress were those in academia (40 percent), engineering (33 percent) and customer service (30 percent), while only 15 percent of transportation workers found unpredictability to be a stress factor at work."
Managing stress in the workplace is difficult, but possible. Surrounding yourself with positive people, focusing on your accomplishments, and looking for opportunities to learn can improve your experience.