Mental Health First

In a recent episode on Real Talk With Beckie and Angie, we got into a revealing conversation about prioritizing mental health over perfectionism. Beckie was shocked by a few of the things I shared. You may be too!

Humans have different ways of doing things – other habits, routines, and preferences. For some people, a messy home is a significant source of stress and anxiety, while it’s not that big of a deal for others. Ultimately, what matters most is how we feel about our choices and whether they contribute positively to our mental health and well-being.

Jaw Dropping Conversation

In this “Jaw Dropping Conversation” podcast episode, I discuss my journey towards letting go of my perfectionist tendencies and giving myself permission to prioritize differently. At one point in time, I felt like everything had to be perfect in the house before I could go to bed. This included cleaning the counters, taking the burners off the stove, and making sure everything was organized. However, as time passed, my priorities shifted, and I realized it was okay to let some things go.

An example of prioritizing my mental health over perfectionism is that I might skip things like organizing the linen closet but instead close the door and go outside for a walk. These small shifts in priorities allow me to give myself permission to relax and not worry so much about their environment being pristine all the time. And ultimately, it doesn’t matter if everything is perfect – what matters is how I feel about myself and my choices.

Beckie Kullberg and Angie Strader Podcast YouTube scene

A hidden secret about me is I despise folding clothes. I have laundry baskets full of my own unfolded clothes. This is one area I procrastinate! The Darkly Comforting World of Laundry Procrastination

Learn to LET GO

I also talk about my partner, Jake, and how I’ve learned to let go of some of my perfectionist tendencies since he moved in. While it’s important to have a general sense of order, it’s also okay to accept that different people have different priorities and ways of doing things.

Reminder: We Don't Have To Be Perfect

This blog post and podcast episode is a good reminders that we don’t have to be perfect all the time. It’s okay to prioritize differently and give ourselves permission to let some things go. At the end of the day, what’s most important is our mental health and well-being. So, if you’re struggling with perfectionist tendencies, take a step back and ask yourself if you are prioritizing your mental health or trying to be perfect. What truly matters to you? You don’t have to be perfect, things don’t have to be perfect, and you don’t have to live in a pristine environment all the time. After all, a little mess never hurts anyone – but chronic stress and anxiety can have serious long-term effects. 


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