Perfectionism is a fuel for anxiety. Changing perfectionistic thinking a acting is an important element in overcoming panic attacks and any form of anxiety. Progress not perfection is the goal and the ‘mantra’ to develop.
None of us are perfect and yet the striving for perfection is the striving for a form of guaranteed approval; both perfection and guaranteed approval from all our relationships and acquitances are unattainable.
Striving for perfection puts unnecessary pressure on yourself.
Allow yourself to make mistakes. Even celebrate them as part of your learning experiences. Develop the ability to forgive yourself for making a mistake. Learn how to get more accomplished by being a little bit less concerned about ‘getting it right.’ As you do so, you’ll be developing more patience with others as well as yourself.
Here’s a homework assignment: select one minor task you ordinarly feel you must do today, and leave it undone. So maybe leave some dishes in the sink overnight; don’t make the bed; leave a light on; or some similar small omission and then use one or more relaxation exercise to manage the anxiety that comes with it. (see Free Offers ) or some resources.
Do this exercise for 21 days and you will notice a reduction in your perfectionism in a slight and productive way.
Let me know your experiences.