Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Surprising Signs of Being a Perfectionist

You’ve likely heard by now that there’s a pretty strong link between perfectionism and addiction. In fact, experts say that perfectionism can cause someone to turn to addictive substances or behaviors in order to quell persistent feelings of frustration, despair, shame and guilt. Plus, perfectionism distorts a person’s view of reality – and this can promote addiction and/or interfere with your recovery. 

Since perfectionism and addiction are so closely linked, it only makes sense that curbing your perfectionism will help ease your recovery. Your first step, however, is to realize (and admit) that you are indeed a perfectionist. Here, we talk about a few surprising signs that you might otherwise overlook in yourself or someone you love: 

  • You tend to binge eat often. Binge eating is a common coping mechanism for perfectionists, according to a study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Eating compulsively allows the person to numb any feelings of failure. Binge eating can have some serious mental and physical health consequences, so be sure to seek professional help if this is a common occurrence. 
  • Stress-reduction techniques don’t seem to work: In general, perfectionists are more likely to be stressed and they’re also less likely to take advantage of relaxation practices like yoga or meditation, according to a study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. To blame: A fear of not doing the techniques “just right,” noted researchers. Luckily, when it comes to relaxation there’s no right or wrong way to do it, so just try to go with the flow and focus on the end results.
  • You get sick easily: Stressing about being perfect – and not taking advantage of stress-release techniques –  can do damage to your immune system. Uncontrolled stress is certainly risky for your sobriety and it has also been found to lead to heart disease, diabetes, weight gain, a higher risk of cancer and a shorter overall lifespan. So if you find yourself coming down with every cold, flu and virus that’s out there, book an appointment with your doctor. 
  • You feel depressed. Studies have linked perfectionism with chronic feelings of sadness and anxiety – as well as a higher risk of suicide. Minding your mental health is of utmost importance, then, if you’re a perfectionist in recovery from addiction.
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