Method Description

Technique:
Anti-Perfectionism Affirmations

Perfectionism, defined as “as a combination of excessively high personal standards and overly critical self-evaluations”, is officially on the rise.

Our growing perfectionistic tendencies have been identified as a key driver of poor mental wellbeing in millennials.

As Nicky Lidbetter, CEO of Anxiety UK, explains, “Individuals who experience high functioning anxiety are often very driven, high achievers who set incredibly high standards for themselves. They can find themselves constantly striving for perfection in everything they turn their hand to.”

When we feel overwhelmed from internal pressures, we’re essentially signalling to our brain that our demands outweigh our resources.

Our brain interprets this as a danger, and we risk triggering the threat stress response. When our threat stress response is activated on an ongoing basis, we may end up experiencing physical anxiety.

Using Anti-Perfectionism Affirmations can be an effective method for helping you reduce overwhelm and physical anxiety. Remember, it's important to choose an affirmation that holds genuine meaning for you.

If perfectionism is currently a key barrier to your positive mental wellbeing, you may want to develop a habit of using Anti-Perfectionism Affirmations regularly, perhaps as part of your morning or evening routine. For guidance on forming new habits, read The New Habit Framework.


7 affirmations to try and test:


  • Progress, not perfection
  • Do what you can, with what you have, where you are (Theodore Roosevelt)
  • There is no such thing as perfection, only continuous improvement
  • Imperfection is the universal quality of being human (Ken Wert)
  • I trust the process
  • My worth does not depend on my work
  • I am enough. This is enough. I have enough.
 

Resources

Bibliotherapy

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brené Brown
"Each day we face a barrage of images and messages from society and the media telling us who, what, and how we should be. We are led to believe that if we could only look perfect and lead perfect lives, we'd no longer feel inadequate. So most of us perform, please, and perfect, all the while thinking, “What if I can't keep all of these balls in the air? Why isn't everyone else working harder and living up to my expectations? What will people think if I fail or give up? When can I stop proving myself?”

In The Gifts of Imperfection, Brené Brown, Ph.D., a leading expert on shame, authenticity and belonging, shares what she's learned from a decade of research on the power of “Wholehearted Living” – a way of engaging with the world from a place of worthiness.

In her ten guideposts, Brown engages our minds, hearts, and spirits as she explores how we can cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection to wake up in the morning and think, “No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough." And to go to bed at night thinking, “Yes, I am sometimes afraid, but I am also brave”. And, “Yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable, but that doesn't change the truth that I am worthy of love and belonging”.

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