How to Recover from Perfectionism and Find Balance
If you’re feeling overwhelmed and under pressure, maybe you’re trying too hard to be perfect. Always focusing on others can add to your anxiety. In this episode of Woman Worriers, host Elizabeth Cush and her guest, Sharon Martin, LCSW, talk about how perfectionism can fuel anxiety—and what to do about it.
Pressure to perform perfectly can come from many places—society, the people around us and, very often, from inside ourselves. Perfectionism can add to our anxiety and stress. It can keep us from trying new things for fear of failure. In this episode of the Woman Worriers podcast, host Elizabeth Cush, of Progression Counseling in Annapolis, Md., talks with Sharon Martin, a San Francisco Bay-area counselor and author of the Happily Imperfect blog and The CBT Workbook for Perfectionism. They share insights into how perfectionism holds us back and offer strategies to help you overcome perfectionist behaviors and bring your life into balance.
Listen and learn:
How society contributes to perfectionism, especially in today’s teens
How all-or-nothing thinking drives perfectionism
Why perfectionism can be difficult to recognize
How perfectionism shows up in behavior and thinking
How perfectionism colors our perceptions
How the seeds of perfectionism are planted
How perfectionism affects men and women differently
How perfectionism shatters our self-esteem
Why recovering from perfectionism can be challenging for perfectionists
Why perfectionism is so exhausting
How cognitive behavior therapy techniques can help perfectionists
The power of authentic conversations about struggle
Why perfectionists need self-compassion
Perfectionism isn’t all bad—it’s a matter of balance
How to look for “partial success” and why it’s important
> Sharon Martin’s website
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