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Pressing Pause on Perfectionism

By |2024-01-30T13:03:43-05:00January 19th, 2024|Categories: Health A-Z|Tags: , |

As the saying goes, no one’s perfect. But trying to hold yourself to those standards is unrealistic and can even be toxic.

Perfectionism can lead to procrastination, low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive behaviors and eating disorders, according to CentraState behavioral health specialist Amy Metzger, MSW, LCSW. It can also cause you to avoid challenges for fear of failure, keep you from workplace success and strain personal relationships.

“The good news is you can free yourself from the pressures and pitfalls of perfectionism with a change in mindset,” says Metzger. She recommends these 5 tips.

1. Stay in the present moment.
2. Let go of rigid thinking and be open to pivoting when plans change.
3. Practice self-compassion and positive self-talk.
4. View mistakes as growth opportunities; they’re part of being human.
5. Focus on being lighthearted and laugh often.

If perfectionism persists and is negatively affecting your life, connect with a mental health professional for help.


For more information on Behavioral Health Services at CentraState, check out the page here.

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