Things don’t always have to be “perfect.” It’s OK to let go of that pressure. But sometimes that’s easier said than done. Here are ways to help with perfectionism.
Educators: Reminds students that making mistakes is part of learning, and not everything requires the same amount of detail or care. This will help kids to not “sweat the small stuff.”
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to respond to students with empathy.
If you have ADHD: People with ADHD often have trouble shifting their perspective from one situation to the next. Try to be kind to yourself. Remind yourself that sometimes good is good enough.
Hear from a
woman with ADHD who struggles with perfectionism.
Parents and caregivers: Avoid telling kids to try their best. The word best can make kids stress even more about performance.
praise kids’ efforts
to help them focus on what matters, like just completing the task.
If these tips aren’t helpful, consider speaking with a health care provider. Learn about the
different types of emotional help
that are available.