Overcoming Perfectionism: 5 Ways to Help Avoid Anxiety & Depression & Find Peace! by 30Seconds Mom

3 years ago
Overcoming Perfectionism: 5 Ways to Help Avoid Anxiety & Depression & Find Peace!

An article on Yahoo Lifestyle, "The 'Irrational Desire' Driving Millennials and Gen Z Into Depression," mentioned a study that shows kids these days are more obsessed with perfection than many previous generations were, and this obsession is associated with increased depression and anxiety. According to Lee Volpe, author of "Black Sheep Tries Bleach: Humorous Stories to Ease Life’s Growing Pains," laughter may seem out of reach at times, but learning to go with the flow and laughing at the imperfections along the way is where many can find joy and ultimately … peace. Here is some advice from Volpe to help avoid anxiety and depression:

  • STOP: What feels like forever is only just a moment.
  • BREATHE: In the quiet moments you may hear the most.
  • LAUGH: Find the “fun” – you have to sometimes. Humor is in any given situation, even in the most inappropriate, you can still see the “sick” humor, whether you turn a blind-eye or not.
  • PLAY: Go find your own fun, your “tribe” of people, your favorite things – and spoil yourself!
  • LOVE: Love yourself, your “beauty marks,” as well as your "scars." They make you uniquely you, our differences are what make us shine.

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Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead
Thank you for this. My 11 year old may just be a perfectionist (I worry he got it from me) and we're working with him on laughing at himself, bring proud of himself, not setting unrealistic expectations for himself etc.
Meredith Schneider
30Seconds Mom , this is so helpful! Not only for me but I'm also gonna share this with my kids. My 6yr old was getting frustrated the other day drawing a picture and it wasn't turning out the way she wanted it to. It wasn't perfect she said, and then was saying out loud that she was the worst drawer. Uggggh! I then had to explain to her being a drawer or an artist, you don't have to be perfect. Picasso wasn't perfect. Being an artist, your art can be whatever you want it to be.

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