When do we learn to tell ourselves that anything less than perfection means failure? Don’t get me wrong, being a “perfectionist” certainly has its perks–It has set me apart from the crowd and allowed me to achieve whatever it is I set my mind to. However, when it comes to our health, putting such intense pressure on ourselves 24/7 takes its toll. I’m writing this blog today because while I am going 90mph, plowing my way through last-minute assignments and finals week, I find myself completely and totally overwhelmed. Over the next two weeks, there will be days when I simply will not have time to go to the gym without overexerting myself. As hard as that is for me, I have to learn to remind myself that it’s okay to take a few days off.

When I am stressed/upset, everything I eat disagrees with me, so it is extremely important that I make efforts to get the nutrients I need. However, for some individuals, stress and anxiety are what cause them to emotionally eat.When it comes to living healthy, we need to learn to remind ourselves that slip-ups are part of the process. If you find yourself mindlessly eating a bag of candy, instead of getting depressed and hating yourself for it, tell yourself, “today was hard, tomorrow will be better.” One way to prevent this is allowing yourself planned portioned treats throughout the week (a handful of m&ms, small mug of ice cream, 2 oreoes).

No one is perfect. We have all given into temptation and ate that plate of triple cheese nachos, but remember that does not cancel out all of your hard work. Week in and week out, you are making efforts to live the healthiest life possible so be proud of that! For my fellow perfectionists, we must learn to be more aware of our bodies’ and minds’. We must be able to recognize when we have gone too far.