This post is part of the Five Minute Friday blog link-up. Where I join up with a community of writers and bloggers of all ages and stages who gather around a single word prompt to free write, unscripted, unedited, for five minutes. Kate said this week’s word prompt is [PRESSURE}
Isn’t it something how we can put unrealistic requirements upon ourselves causing us undue pressure?
Not that the actual task, job, or assignment is unrealistic of itself. I’m talking about how we can put pressure on ourselves. By placing to high of expectations on our own performances, expectations, requirements, urgency and demands all because for some people everything has to be just so.
Oh, I used to be one of those people regarding work and my higher education. I put to high of expectations and unrealistic requirements on myself causing pressure and stress to build up.
Take for example file review, in regard to my work in Social Services. It could be announced as planned ahead of time, or surprise reviews. My files had to be Perfect.
For me not a single item could be out of place, i’s dotted t’s crossed, everything in it’s correct section, individual plans updated with perfect form, language and reflection of my clients. Let’s add yearly informed consent, physical updates, and documentation.
I placed such unrealistically high expectations on myself causing great pressure and perfection anxiety that I actually felt sick about it at times.
Sometimes life feels like we’re living in a pressure cooker. As Christians we are in this world, but we are not of this world. When dealing with the pressures of life weather we caused them ourselves or not lets remember that no matter what may be going on around us that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us [Philippians 4:13 NIV].