How To Find Perseverance When You're A Perfectionist!
The tendency toward self-criticism is more prevalent among those who live with anxiety or depression, even when our problems stem from issues beyond our control. The focus is more on fixing the problem than it is on calming, confronting, and caring for ourselves. When we notice our shortcomings, instead of judging them or going blind to them by pretending we did nothing wrong, acknowledge them, let yourself and others know they exist; own your behavior, and then keep going. You can use perspective-taking to broaden your outlook- you’re not the only one who has flaws! Everyone does, ya! Instead of stigmatizing your failures, see that they are shared and common. They’re not so terrible or demoralizing when you remember that everyone is human and has inadequacies. Personal groundbreaking discoveries can come from disappointing moments of failure if you can keep your head on straight, find perseverance, and meaning during difficult moments.
If you need an exercise to give you courage, to clear your mind, and find perseverance try this frog pose.
Long Deep Breathing. Sit in Easy Pose with spine straight. Begin breathing long and deep through both nostrils. Focus on the life-giving flow of breath for 3 minutes. To end, inhale, suspend the breath a few seconds, then relax the breath.
Frog Pose. Squat down on the toes, knees wide apart. Heels are touching, and raised up off the ground. Place the fingertips on the ground between the knees. The face is forward. Inhale as you raise the hips up, keeping the fingertips on the ground, heels up, knees locked.
Exhale down, face forward, knees outside of arms. 10 times. On the tenth, stay down and take three deep breaths. On the third breath exhale completely and suspend the breath out as you apply mulbandh. Suspend the breath out 10-20 seconds.
Repeat Frog Pose 26 times. On the last time, stay down and take three deep breaths. On the third breath, suspend the breath out and again apply rootlock. Feel energy rise along the spine as you suspend the breath out.