Women's Health (South Africa) - - LIFE ETC -

You’re probably not a “clin­i­cal per­fec­tion­ist”, but you may feel hap­pier and more chilled if you pull back on be­ing quite so metic­u­lous. It’s okay to keep your stan­dards high, as long as they’re also rea­son­able (that means at­tain­able with­out caus­ing dis­tress). For ex­am­ple, dial down “I must al­ways get a fives­tar per­for­mance re­view” to “my goal is to get mostly five-star per­for­mance re­views”. Be care­ful not to self-crit­i­cise: it’s as­so­ci­ated with lower mo­ti­va­tion and less self-con­trol, writes Dr Kelly McGonigal in The Willpower In­stinct. Rather than ze­ro­ing in on neg­a­tive feed­back, look at the big pic­ture and learn from both your slip-ups and wins.

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