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Perfectionism OCD and the Promise of a New Year

December 26, 2023

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The advent of a new year is synonymous with new beginnings, aspirations, and of course, New Year’s resolutions. For many, these resolutions signify hope and positive change. However, for those grappling with perfectionism OCD, this time of year can bring a unique set of challenges. Understanding the dynamics between perfectionism OCD and New Year’s resolutions is the first step toward navigating them effectively.

The Nuances of Perfectionism OCD

Perfectionism OCD isn’t merely about wanting things to be ‘perfect’. It revolves around the overwhelming fear of making mistakes, facing severe consequences for those mistakes, or believing that one’s worth is tied to perfection. Every unchecked box or perceived failure can trigger immense anxiety and guilt.

For an in-depth exploration of perfectionism OCD, check out my digital course, The OCD and Anxiety Recovery Blueprint.

New Year’s Resolutions: A Double-Edged Sword

With perfectionism OCD, New Year’s resolutions can often become more than just goals. They might morph into rigid standards of performance, where any deviation feels catastrophic.

  1. Setting Unrealistic Expectations: Ambitious resolutions can be motivating, but for someone with perfectionism OCD, they might set the stage for inevitable ‘failure’ and subsequent self-blame.
  2. Over-monitoring Progress: Tracking progress is typical, but it can become an obsessive act, leading to increased anxiety and compulsive behaviors to ‘rectify’ perceived shortcomings.

Harnessing ERP and ACT for Managing Triggers

  1. Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP): By intentionally setting slightly ‘imperfect’ resolutions or purposefully deviating from them, individuals can confront their fears head-on. Over time, the anxiety diminishes, and they can view resolutions more flexibly.
  2. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT): ACT can assist individuals in recognizing that their value isn’t tied to perfect adherence to resolutions. By promoting psychological flexibility, individuals can pursue meaningful actions even in the face of distressing thoughts.

Dive Deeper with the OCD and Anxiety Recovery Blueprint

Facing perfectionism OCD, especially during the New Year’s resolution season, can be daunting. However, equipped with the right tools and knowledge, it’s a challenge that can be met head-on. The OCD and Anxiety Recovery Blueprint digital course offers in-depth strategies, shedding light on ERP, ACT, and tailored approaches for various OCD subtypes. Get started today!

Resources for Your OCD and Anxiety Recovery

To learn more about OCD and anxiety recovery strategies and resources, visit my website at Here you can find additional support and guidance.

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