While many of you may be still on break enjoying the summer (or hiding from the heat), others may be starting to think about Semester 1 or you might even be back at study already. Wherever you may be, you have likely received your grades back from 2017, and might have even reflected on things that went well, and the things that didn’t.
One of the most common barriers to academic success and wellbeing that we see in students at Counselling, is Perfectionism.
“How can this be a barrier? Wouldn’t perfectionism make your work BETTER?” I hear you collectively ask.
Perfectionism, can be defined as striving to meet unreasonably high or inflexible standards, judging your self-worth (how you feel about yourself) based on your ability to achieve these standards, and continuing to strive for the standards despite experiencing negative consequences.
Sometimes, people are able to meet their high standards, however this comes at a cost to their relationship, feeling highly anxious, problems with sleep or neglecting their physical health or friendships. For others, the pressure to perform well can be debilitating, and can lead to avoidance and procrastination, and at times failing to submit work or complete courses.
For more information on what Perfectionism is, and how it can be problematic, check out my earlier blog post which explores this in more detail.
If you already know that Perfectionism is a problem for you and you want to learn more, we will be running a series of four workshops on Overcoming Perfectionism in March 2018.
Sessions will focus on strategies to shift from problematic perfectionism to healthy striving, including how to manage self-criticism and procrastination.
The workshops will be held over four weekly sessions, from 3-4.30pm on Wednesdays, commencing Wed 7th March 2018 at Callaghan campus.
Places are limited. To register your place, complete the online registration form or email onlinecounselling at newcastle.edu.au for more information.