Raise your hand if you’re a perfectionist.
[Imagine my hand waving high in the air]
Perfectionism is one of the things I’ve been struggling with for as long as I can remember. I’ve had countless therapy sessions that devolved into “fuck, that’s my perfectionism again!” It’s held me back from doing a lot and contributes more than I’d like to admit to my imposter syndrome and general anxiety.
But my therapist had me try something recently that’s really helped--and I want to share it with you.
(Keep in mind that I’m not a mental health professional myself, and your mileage may vary. I just found it particularly useful for me. This exercise is also included in the Punch Your Bad Brains in the Face free ebook!)
Here it is:
And that’s it! Rinse and repeat as necessary. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve felt Smaug start to lift his head and was able to start soothing him ASAP, which helped me avoid a shame spiral.
So now you know how I’m dealing with my perfectionism--how are you dealing with yours? Tell me in the comments!
Nonir is a queer pagan nerd and writes about various things in those realms.