Perfectionism is a trait that often drives success, particularly in your professional life where hard work and attention to detail can reap dividends in the long run. However, keeping up with your own standards of perfectionism can be a constant battle with your emotional and physical wellbeing.
Whilst the body is programmed to cope with our daily pressures to a certain extent, there may come a point where your body finds other outlets to deal with the stresses of your behaviour.
Here, we explore how the quest for perfection could be impacting your health.
The Pressures of Perfectionism
You may not think twice about triple-checking your work, meeting deadlines to the minute or making your home spotless for every visitor you greet. That’s just a part of your identity, right? However, this particular trait can bring with it stress and anxiety, particularly for business owners and professionals working in a high pressure environment.
When you are snowed under with a project, do you accept that there may be some errors or amendments to make, or work around the clock to ensure that everything is exactly right first time? This sort of ethos can have a negative impact on your wellbeing, leading us to focus on the task at hand rather than looking after our health.
Pain as a Protective Response
Many people who suffer from chronic pain say they feel like their body is working against them. In fact, it’s often them working against it. Perfectionism is just one trait that drives people to ignore the warning signs of fatigue, stress and anxiety, leading to a protective response initiated by the body that cannot be ignored.
This is one of the reasons why pain often doesn’t add up when connected to the supposed illness or injury that ‘caused’ it. What many people don’t realise, is that psychological stress can cause an inflammatory response – a physical symptom triggered when the emotional or mental warning signs have been ignored.
Understanding and Resolving Pain
Only by understanding the behaviour, issues and deepset beliefs that have caused the pain, can the sufferer find a way to address it. That’s why many people who turn to pain therapy often discover that the initial cause was in fact something internal, like the pressures caused by perfectionism at work or in their personal life.
Of course, the issues and personality will be totally unique to the individual, but pain therapy is often a personal development exercise. It helps you learn once more how to work with your body rather than against it, to resolve and avoid the pains caused by stress, anxiety, and pressure.
Being a perfectionist isn’t a bad thing. The key is knowing when to draw a line under an issue, and put yourself rather than the goal, target or task at hand first. By understanding your traits and learning how to manage them, you can protect your health and wellbeing, to prevent and address unnecessary pain.
Seeking long-term relief from chronic pain? Pain therapy could be the answer. Get in touch to request a free consultation today.