Hello, my name is Michelle, and I am a recovering overachiever.
For many of you, overachieving does not sound like a terrible thing. However, being an overachiever can have serious consequences on a person’s mentality and emotional health. Hardworking and overachieving are not the same thing. And when I was in high school, I was an extreme overachiever, and those tendencies and characteristics still linger in me.
But how do you know if you’re an overachiever? Well, you have the desire to do everything. And I mean EVERYTHING. From hanging out with friends, to leading a club, to performing in that recital, everything. Also, you set a very high standard for yourself. You want to excel, not just succeed.
Overachievers experience more stress and anxiety then average people, and at some point you have to stop yourself and recover from it all, and here is how.
Seriously do it, and often. When you’re used to saying yes and doing so much, you need to practice saying no to what is not necessary.
Yes, do something and fail at it, obviously nothing insane that can cause harm or injury to you or others. It will help teach you that failing is okay and natural and even necessary to learn.
Take a Break
Take time away from any and all responsibilities. Stop working and enjoy a vacation from it all. It will be refreshing and can recharge you into doing what you need to do and show that taking time away is good for your mental and emotional health.
Prioritize Your Goals and What Gets You There
When you try to o everything, how do you really know it will be beneficial? You honestly don’t, so it is much more advantageous to take time and figure out what your goals are and how you can get there. Focusing you energy is much more worthwhile than doing everything.
Are/were you an overachiever? How have you helped yourself?