PERFECTIONISM is a personality trait seen in people who strive for flawlessness and setting excessively high standards of performance.
A PERFECTIONIST is someone who cannot stand anything short of perfect and likes to get every detail exactly right. They could be seen as a person who strives for excellence, is well organized, always stand out (be it academically, professionally or physically), highly motivated, resilient, has detailed plan and is less likely to be caught unawares.
While these traits are not totally bad, Perfectionism has its downsides and can be detrimental to one’s Mental Health if taken to the extreme.
Does any of the following sound familiar?
• You are the one that notices that the design made on your dress is 0.01inch lower than where you intended.
• You are fixated on specific ways things should be done
• You have extremely high standards for yourself and others, anything between, you won’t accept
• You are an overachiever; Success is never enough for you. When you achieve one, you want the next big thing and this doesn’t leave you feeling content or fulfilled.
• You are obsessed with orderliness and spend too much time trying to make things perfect; which leaves you physically and mentally drained.
• You only want to start a task when you are “ready” so as to deliver your best work which results in procrastination
• Whenever something goes wrong, whether it’s your fault or not, you beat yourself up over it. You are extremely hard on yourself especially when you don’t achieve your goals.
I’m sure you ticked off on at least two of these points!
Perfectionism can get you unnecessarily worried and anxious; engage in unhealthy competition; complain more than you express gratitude for things done for you or personal achievements; feelings of frequent stress, fatigue and burnout syndrome; take a longer time to accomplish tasks; and affect your sleep and overall mental health.
I have traits of perfectionism, so while I can never do away with the attributes of striving for excellence, being motivated, never giving up and keeping things in order, I have learnt how to prioritize my Mental health.
Do you feel a need to perfect every single thing you do, even at the expense of your health and well-being?
I believe you now know better.
Now is the time to prioritize your mental health as you pursue excellence and peak performance at work and in your personal lives.
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Dr Adeola Adeyemi.
Your mental fitness coach