Perfection is overrated! Researchers from the clinical psychology and psychotherapy department at Switzerland’s University of Zurich, say that perfectionists get more stressed than people with more modest goals.

A mild degree of perfectionism can be a healthy thing. It can drive you to achieve things you wouldn’t otherwise achieve and it can give you the motivation to persevere in the face of discouragement and obstacles. High-achieving athletes, scientists, and artists often show signs of perfectionism. However, it can also be a source of stress, anxiety and depression.

It’s human nature to do something as well as you can. It makes you feel worthwhile, elevates you in the eyes of friends, family and work colleagues. But if you feel you have to do things absolutely perfectly, and second best just won’t do, then you could be setting yourself up for failure – and the depression and anxiety that follows.

Ditch the strive for perfection and come to accept and love your weaknesses. Failure is OK and a part of life, everybody experiences it and it doesn’t make you an unworthy, unlovable person, it just makes you a human being.

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