One of the most corrosive sources of self-criticism comes from believing we need to be perfect, to have it all figured out by now, to be organised and have our shit together. I don’t know about you, but I know I don’t on most days.

woman-586185_1920This pressure that we voluntarily put on our shoulders doesn’t actually make us any better. On the contrary, this attitude can cause us to spiral into obsessive thinking, anxiety, and depression.

Instead, we should celebrate the fact that we survived through the day regardless of mistakes or forgetfulness. Taking a more playful approach to life is a great act of self-compassion and a great stress reliever. Instead of spiralling down, we forgive ourselves and start anew the next day.

“Relish everything that’s inside of you, the imperfections, the darkness, the richness and light and everything. And that makes for a full life.” – Anthony Hopkins