Feeling invisible is a common occurrence that many people experience. It can happen at any time and in any place, which makes it very difficult to avoid. In this blog post, we will explore how you can help yourself feel like you matter again.
- 1 What Is Meant By “Feeling Invisible”?
- 2 How Does It Feel To Experience This?
- 3 Why Does Someone “Feel Invisible’?
- 4 Negative Effects of “Feeling Invisible”
- 5 How To Cope-Up With “Feeling Invisible”?
- 6 Conclusion
- 7 A Word From MantraCare
What Is Meant By “Feeling Invisible”?
The phrase “feeling invisible” is often used to describe the experience of feeling unseen or unheard. This can be a particularly frustrating and isolating experience, as it can feel like you’re not mattering in the world. When we feel invisible, we may find that our thoughts and feelings aren’t taken into account by others and that our contributions are ignored. We may also feel as though we don’t have a voice.
There are many reasons why someone might feel invisible. For example, if you’re a marginalized person who experiences discrimination regularly, you may feel as though your opinion doesn’t matter because society tells you that your voice doesn’t count. Alternatively, if you’ve experienced a lot of trauma or loss in your life, you may feel as though you’re not worth being seen or heard.
There are also times when we might deliberately choose to become invisible. For example, if we’re feeling unsafe or unsupported, it can be tempting to disappear into the background. Alternatively, if we’re in a situation where we don’t feel comfortable speaking up for ourselves, it can be easier to keep quiet and let others take the lead.
How Does It Feel To Experience This?
If you’re constantly feeling unseen and unheard, it’s likely that you’ll start to feel pretty isolated and lonely. You may find yourself withdrawing from social situations or isolating yourself from others because you simply don’t have the energy to put up a fight. Additionally, you may feel like you’re not really alive or that your life doesn’t have any meaning.
You may find yourself feeling resentful of others who seem to be heard and seen without even trying, while also wishing that the same could happen for you. You might get tired of asking people to listen but never having them actually take what you say into account, which can lead to feelings of despair because it seems as though nothing will ever change. Alternatively, if someone does try listening in a frustrating situation, this can make things worse by pointing out how falsely represented you are in society.
Why Does Someone “Feel Invisible’?
These are some of the reasons why someone might feel invisible:
This reason can be broken down into multiple categories, such as racism, sexism, ableism, homophobia, and transphobia. If you belong to a marginalized group and experience discrimination regularly, it’s likely that you’ll feel invisible because your opinion doesn’t matter.
People from lower socioeconomic backgrounds may also feel invisible. This may be because they don’t have the same opportunities as people from wealthier backgrounds, or because they’ve been told their whole lives that they’re not good enough.
Trauma or Loss
If you’ve experienced a lot of trauma or loss in your life (e.g., death of a loved one, physical or sexual abuse), it can be hard to feel seen or heard. This is often because when we’re constantly dealing with pain, it’s difficult to focus on anything else. Additionally, after experiencing so much loss, we may start to believe that we’re not worth being seen or heard.
There are times when we might deliberately choose to become invisible. For example, if we’re feeling unsafe or unsupported, it can be tempting to disappear into the background. Alternatively, if we’re in a situation where we don’t feel comfortable speaking up for ourselves, it can be easier to keep quiet and let others take the lead.
Another reason people may feel invisible is that they don’t fit into society’s standard of beauty. People who are overweight, have a disability, or just look different than what is considered “normal” often feel ignored or unimportant.
Difficulty Speaking Up
There are also times when we might not feel invisible but our thoughts and feelings aren’t taken into account by others. This can make us feel frustrated because it feels like what we have to say doesn’t matter.
One of the most common reasons for feeling invisible is being bullied. When someone is constantly made fun of, excluded from activities, or verbally attacked, it can be hard to feel like you belong. This can be especially true if the bullying is based on something that you can’t change, like your race, gender, or sexual orientation.
Younger people may also feel invisible because they don’t have as much life experience as older people. They may not have been given the opportunity to speak up and share their opinions yet, so they feel unheard.
Finally, loneliness can make someone feel invisible. When we’re by ourselves, it’s easy to feel unseen and unheard. And if we go for long periods of time without talking to anyone, it becomes harder and harder to remember that we exist.
Negative Effects of “Feeling Invisible”
These are some of the negative effects of feeling invisible:
Isolation And Loneliness
If you’re constantly experiencing feelings of invisibility, it’s likely that you’ll start to feel pretty isolated and lonely. You may find yourself withdrawing from social situations or isolating yourself from others because you simply don’t have the energy to put up a fight. Additionally, you may feel like you’re not really alive or that your life doesn’t have any meaning.
Feelings of Hopelessness
You might get tired of asking people to listen but never having them actually take what you say into account, which can lead to feelings of despair because it seems as though nothing will ever change. Alternatively, if someone does try listening in a frustrating situation, this can make things worse by pointing out how falsely represented you are in society.
Lack of Power and Control
This is often a result of discrimination and trauma. When you feel like your voice doesn’t matter, it can be difficult to feel in control of your life. Additionally, when you’ve experienced a lot of loss or trauma, it’s common to feel like you have no power over what happens in your life.
Frustration and Anger
When you’re constantly feeling invisible, it’s natural to start feeling frustrated and angry. This is because society tells you that your voice matters and that you should be seen and heard. However, when this doesn’t happen for you, it can lead to a lot of negative emotions.
This side-effect of feeling invisible is particularly dangerous, as it can lead people to question their worth and value as individuals. People with low-self esteem are more likely to suffer from mental health issues such as depression or anxiety.
When someone feels that they are not being seen or heard, this often leads to feelings of anxiety. This is because the person begins to worry about how others see them and whether they are liked or accepted by others.
How To Cope-Up With “Feeling Invisible”?
These are some ways that you can cope-up with feeling invisible:
Find Support Group
If you find that you’re constantly struggling with feelings of invisibility, it might be helpful to find a support group. This is a space where you can share your experiences with others who understand what you’re going through. It can be really healing to know that you’re not alone in this.
Talk To Therapist
If you feel like your feelings of invisibility are impacting your day-to-day life, it might be worth talking to a therapist. They can help you process these emotions and give you tools for coping. This can be especially helpful if you’re feeling hopeless or are struggling with thoughts of suicide.
Turn Off Social Media
If you find that social media makes it even harder to feel invisible, it might help to take a break from these sites for a while. You can still post about your life but choose not to engage in the comments section. This is often where people go on their own). This can allow you some time and space away from other people’s opinions without completely disconnecting yourself online.
Write About It
Another way to cope with feeling invisible is by writing about it. This can be a way to express your thoughts and feelings in a safe and anonymous space. It can also be helpful to read other people’s stories of invisibility. This is because it can show you that you’re not alone.
Take Care of Yourself
Finally, it’s important to take care of yourself when you’re feeling invisible. This means making time for things that make you happy, eating a healthy diet, and getting enough sleep. When we’re taking care of ourselves, we’re more likely to be in a good place emotionally which can help us cope with difficult emotions.
Practice Good Self-Care
These are some of the ways that you can practice good self-care when feeling invisible:
- Spend time with friends and family members who make you feel supported.
- Make sure to take care of your mental health by seeking therapy or joining a support group if needed.
- Find hobbies where people will only see the best parts of you (maybe through art, music, etc.). This is something that shouldn’t have any negative repercussions on your life.
- Try new things that challenge you in positive ways. These are such as taking up an instrument or trying out for a sports team even though it might be scary at first! These experiences bring opportunities for growth which may help build confidence along the way.
Spend Quality Time With Yourself
This is something that doesn’t get talked about enough – the importance of spending quality time with yourself. This is your chance to do things you enjoy. It is without worrying about what other people will think or how it might impact them. It’s also a way for you to recharge and take care of yourself when nobody else can be there physically.
In conclusion, feeling invisible is something that many of us struggle with at some point in our lives. It’s important to know, however, that there are things you can do to cope-up with these emotions and feel seen again!. This includes finding support from others, talking to a therapist, and taking care of yourself. Lastly, always remember that you’re not alone in this! There are others out there who understand what you’re going through.
A Word From MantraCare
Your mental health — your psychological, emotional, and social well-being — has an impact on every aspect of your life. Positive mental health essentially allows you to effectively deal with life’s everyday challenges.
At Mantra Care, we have a team of therapists who provide affordable online therapy to assist you with issues such as depression, anxiety, stress, relationship, OCD, LGBTQ, and PTSD. You can take our mental health test. You can also book a free therapy or download our free Android or iOS app.