Festive Perfectionism – Finding Joy in the Imperfections

Do you feel the pressure to have a ‘perfect’ Christmas?

In this episode, I discuss the concept of festive perfectionism.

This refers to the pressure people put on themselves to achieve a perfect holiday period with perfect crafts, baking, decorations, and activities.

I share tips on how to let go of this pressure and embrace imperfections to find joy and connection in the holidays. Plus I encourage listeners to evaluate what really serves them during the holiday season and to allow themselves to not do everything perfectly.

00:00 Introduction to Festive Perfectionism

01:33 Observations on the Rise of Festive Perfectionism

03:30 Areas of Festive Perfectionism

04:11 Crafts: Embracing Imperfections

05:53 Baking: Tolerating Mess and Imperfection

07:39 Decorating the Tree: Letting Go of Symmetry

08:46 Activities and Days Out: Avoiding Overstretching

09:30 Conclusion: Choosing What to Perfect

To calm the overwhelm you might feel right now, download this free worksheet, Calm the Overwhelm: www.thethomasconnection.co.uk/calm

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Michaela Thomas
Michaela Thomas

Senior Clinical Psychologist & CBT Psychotherapist

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