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77. Advice from a recovering perfectionist

Work smarter, not harder!


We’ve all heard that phrase and had it drummed into us. But what does it actually mean?


In this episode, Alice explores perfectionism and cutting through the feelings surrounding it. Why do we always strive for perfection, and is it actually benefiting us and our mental health? Alice gives out some handy advice and shares her personal experiences with perfectionism.


Also discussed:

  • Separating our performance from our feelings of how it might reflect our character

  • Finding connections in our industry and sharing the fuck ups along the way

  • Exploring where the feelings might have originated from

  • Building resilience to the negative thoughts


Recorded June 2021


Dark Coffee starts brave and bullshit-free conversations around mental health, wellbeing and business.


Join wellbeing advocate Alice Lyons as she attempts to normalise the conversation around mental health, from suicide to satisfaction and everything in between.


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Podcast presented and edited by Alice Lyons.


Music Credit: ‘Infinite Landscape’ by Corinne.