Perfectionism is hard work.
It makes life challenging, because no matter how hard you try or how well you do, it’s never good enough.
If you’re a perfectionist, you’ll recognise the guilt, anxiety and stress that can accompany everyday life, particularly when things aren’t going to plan.
In the context of coronavirus and self-isolation, you may feel under more pressure than ever to get things right every time.
You may feel that you have to meet every deadline, exercise as much as you do normally, eat healthily and be as productive as you are in normal life.
But the pressure is self-imposed, and doesn’t reflect reality. There’s no such thing as perfect, and by striving for it you’re working towards something that is unattainable. If you keep doing that, you’ll never be satisfied and will always be stressed.
That’s why this is a perfect time to embrace being satisfied with ‘good enough’. Times have changed in recent weeks, and so should your mindset. Cut yourself some slack, stop expecting so much from yourself and recognise that to be human is to make mistakes.
This new reality means that you won’t be as productive, you won’t eat as healthily and you won’t be hitting every deadline. And that’s good enough.