>From Kim Kardashian’s flawlessly contoured skin on the pages of a magazine to your newly engaged friend’s stylishly manicured hand toasting her handsome fiancé on Instagram, images of perfection are everywhere. That’s why living in today’s social media–driven age, it’s hard not to put pressure on yourself. Pressure to be the perfect mother, the perfect girlfriend, the perfect wife, the perfect daughter, the perfect friend, the perfect manager—whatever you’re striving to be—it’s difficult to become when you’re under so much pressure.
>Science teaches us that too much pressure, built up over time, will often result in an explosion. While you won’t physically explode when you’re weighed down by societal and self-imposed pressure, you could experience an emotional breakdown, blowout fight with a loved one, or exhausting burnout. To avoid a physical and mental crisis, stop putting so much pressure on yourself! Although it’s easier said than done, you can learn to let things go. Know that you won’t be able to change overnight, but with some keen self-awareness, you can teach yourself to stop trying to be so perfect all the time. Here’s how to cease putting pressure on yourself.
>Below are four books that discuss the subject of perfectionism.
>How do you get yourself out of the mental pressure cooker?