The Unhealthy Connection Between Perfectionism and Anxiety

While being a perfectionist can be a good thing, perfectionism can have negative impacts on one’s life. In fact, perfectionism can be directly linked to anxiety. On the surface perfectionism is basically one’s desire to be a perfect person. “Healthy” perfectionism can help motivate one to achieve goals, complete tasks, and giving full effort on everything. The downside of perfectionism outweighs the upside. If you have a loved one who exhibits perfectionism, it is important to educate yourself on the realm of perfectionism and its full impacts.

The Pitfalls of Perfectionism

The negative side of perfectionism can grow to impact one’s life from every angle. It can become all-consuming and overwhelming. The downsides of this trait include the following:

  • Setting standards that are extremely high and almost unachievable
  • Perfectionist often engage in critical self-evaluations
  • May scrutinize the performance of others
  • Excessive concern for what people think about them
  • Extreme fear of failure that causes excessive stress

The Link to Anxiety
Individuals who struggle with the negative consequences of perfectionism may have increased anxiety, dissatisfaction, difficulty coping with symptoms. However, with conscious effort, one may work to better manage anxious feelings that are increased by perfectionism. Here are some tips to get started:

    1. Say no to negative thinking. Perfectionism is often fueled by negative thoughts. Getting past these thoughts may mean seeking the assistance of a qualified professional or self-help techniques, such as writing exercises and positive thoughts. Quiet your negative thoughts about perfectionism can help you remain realistic about what you set out to accomplish.
    2. Try mindfulness. Practicing mindfulness is a great way to increase self-awareness and relieve stress. Mindfulness can be helpful in teaching one healthy ways to let go of their stresses and become in tune with reality.
    3. Boost self-esteem. Perfectionism can negatively impact one’s self-esteem. Individual’s often gauge their self-worth by how perfectly they perform various tasks, resulting in a decreased self-esteem when these high expectations are not met. Instead of being self-critical, look for ways to boost one’s self-esteem, such as getting ​social support, practicing ​self-care, and assisting others in need.

 
 

Trails Carolina can help

Trails Carolina is a wilderness therapy program that helps teens ages 10-17 who are struggling with behavioral and emotional issues. This program uses adventure-based therapy to help students gain a new sense of self-awareness, confidence, and independence. The skills they learn throughout the wilderness program offer long-term benefits towards their ability to successfully self-navigate in the real world. By removing teens from their fast-paced environment into a safe, nurturing, and peaceful environment, they are able to focus on improving and reflecting upon their behavior. Trails Carolina gives students the tools they need to lead happy and healthy lives. We can help your family today!
Contact us at 800-975-7303

Avatar of Francis Van De Beuken

Francis Van De Beuken

Get started today

Contact us today to learn how Trails Carolina can help your family

Contact Us LP

Trails saved my daughter’s life. Amanda is an amazing human and a brilliant therapist. I am so grateful to her, Science Steve, and the other wonderful people who could reach my daughter at a time when I could not.

Margot Lowman August 2022

Great life changing experience for our son. After becoming addicted to gaming during covid he was very depressed. At Trails he experienced the wilderness, Science Steve, learning survival skills and top notch therapy and support etc… I highly recommend! This gave our son and our family a renewed family bond full of love and excitement about his bright future.

Winnifred Wilson July 2022

 

Outstanding clinical work and superb staff! There’s a great culture at this company and it shows with how they engage with families/clients.

Kristin Brace June 2022

 

Depression And Anxiety Are More Common Than You Think

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illnesses in the U.S. It is common for someone who suffers from an anxiety disorder to also suffer from depression and vice versa. The number of children and adolescents that struggle with anxiety and/or depression has increased over time. According to a report from 2011-2012, more than 1…
Mental Health New Year's Resolutions

New Year’s Mental Health Resolutions for 2022

Traditionally the start of the new year is a time for adjustments and goal setting. We reflect on what we didn’t like about the previous year and optimistically make plans for bettering ourselves for the next. This time is ideal for incorporating these new year’s resolutions into one’s personal life. Most people focus on their…

Exercise and Mental Health

  Not every person can tolerate modern psychotropic medications intended to treat many of these psychological conditions. At least 20% of people cannot tolerate medications for allergies or other reasons. Because of that, finding alternative solutions that can be adjusted to personal treatment plans is important. Exercise has many health benefits for both mind and…
trails carolina reviews

Trails Carolina’s wilderness camps for troubled teens are dedicated to helping teens work through behavioral or emotional difficulties, build trusting relationships with their family and peers, and achieve academic success.