How often has a friend or colleague told you to ‘stop being too hard on yourself’?
You’ve likely dished out the same advice to others – the over-thinkers, constant worriers, frequent procrastinators, imposter syndrome sufferers and perfection seekers.
Setting ourselves high standards is a good thing. But this can often lead to us being too critical of ourselves and we end up falling short of our own unreasonable expectations.
Perfectionism is becoming more prevalent. It severely undermines our emotional wellbeing, and it’s a real handicap to a good life, to a successful life and to a healthy, happy life.
In the book, Time to Breathe, Dr Bill Mitchell explains how we can learn to shape perfectionism to work in our favour and to loosen our grip on this well-protected mindset.
In our latest infographic, we look at his ten reasons not to be a perfectionist and explore some short exercises designed to change how you think for greater mental flexibility and resilience.