Anxious, frustrated, burnt out...maybe you're putting too much pressure on yourself?
Living in today’s social media driven age makes it difficult to not put pressure on ourselves. Remember the Coca-Cola and Alka-Seltzer experiment in science class? Too much pressure results in an explosion. While we won’t physically explode, the feelings of being weighed down by societal and self-imposed pressure can lead to an emotional breakdown, blow up fight with a loved one, or even burnout. To avoid a physical and mental crisis, perhaps we can try to stop putting so much pressure on ourselves! Although it’s easier said than done, we can learn to let things go. Be mindful that the change will probably not happen overnight; with some self-awareness, we can teach our self to stop trying to be so perfect all the time.With the COVID-19 pandemic, in the mental health industry we have observed an increasing trend of over pressurization leading to burnout--with clients, family, and friends--even some therapists! With decision fatigue, changes, wearing multiple hats, it is very common to feel like you need to do it all and do it perfectly. Here are a few strategies to reorient yourself when you are feeling over pressurized:
8 ways to stop putting pressure on yourself1. Remember: Nobody is Perfect
2. Kick Unrealistic Expectations to the Curb!
3. Craft a Phrase
4. Recognize that nothing is that important (AKA Don’t take everything so serious)
5. Be Present
6. Accept Mistakes and Failures
7. Take a Mental Health Break
8. Show Yourself Compassion
Only one of these strategies may ring true to you and that’s great; we don’t need to do them all at once! Use that strategy to stop pressurization in its tracks--we can all use a little extra grace--especially in difficult seasons.
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