A very frequent urge, especially among millennials, is that of being perfect and perfectionism can sometimes show up in littlest of our actions like revising PPT drafts over and over before getting the final approval. When these high self-expectations are left unchecked or incomplete, it can lead to multiple negative spill overs in your professional and personal life.
In an interview with HT Lifestyle, Dr Ajay Sharma, Chief Medical Director of Eye-Q Superspecility Hospitals, shared, “The pressure to be perfect can take a toll on one’s mental health. While striving for excellence is important, it’s essential to remember that perfection is unattainable.”
He suggested, “Focus on setting realistic goals for yourself and celebrate small victories along the way. Progress, not perfection, should be your guiding principle. Additionally, taking care of your mental health is vital. Prioritize self-care by taking breaks, setting boundaries, and seeking support when needed. Remember that asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness.”
Nishtha Jain, Counselling Psychologist at LISSUN, revealed, “The pressure of being perfect can be self-directed or prescribed socially, in both the cases, coping up with it can be challenging. There are some ways that can help navigate the pressure of being perfect – the most important one is to show gratitude and be kind to yourself.”
She advised, “Recognise that you are just human and are allowed to make mistakes. Another approach to follow is the “reasonably perfect goal” – here you set a goal that is reasonable and still perfect according to the available resources, abilities, and situations. Lastly, practise positive self-talk and celebrate your wins. Tell yourself that you are enough just the way you are and you will soon start believing it!”
Remember, don’t let the pressure of being perfect take over your life. Embrace your imperfections, celebrate your progress and prioritise your mental health.