Guidepost #2: Cultivate Self-Compassion – Let go of perfectionism
After diving into all three books by Brene Brown I realized that The Gifts of Imperfection is the perfect companion to the work I do around the effect stress, anxiety, and feeling like enough have on loving your body and living a fulfilling life. To share in these gifts I am writing about a guidepost a week from the book for the next 10 weeks and how to embrace each one. I will also gift a journal prompt with each guidepost for you to use. I love this book and encourage you to pick up a copy!
Ooph, this is a big topic. No one really wants to admit to being a perfectionist, unless you know you’re right J Here are some perfectionist type tendencies –
- “I’ll take care of it” but what I really mean is, “I can take care of it better”
- List maker – journal entries are probably in list form too
- Nothing you do ever feels like enough
- Nothing but the best
- Overworked with plenty of open projects
- Put tons of pressure on yourself
- “I am right you just have to see” attitude
- Don’t feel like you’re enough
- Want the right data or information
This can affect your health in all sorts of ways, right? If nothing ever feels like it’s enough and there’s tons of pressure to get something right it’s hard to enjoy the journey. Health is a journey and so is self-compassion. It means having patience when something doesn’t go as planned or when you’re practicing vulnerability.
Today’s journal exercise wills help you embrace self-compassion. And no it doesn’t require you giving yourself a hug. Unless you need one, than hug away!
Cultivate Self-Compassion Journal Prompt - Set 10 minutes on a timer and place pen to paper.
I feel most at peace when…