Procrastination Posted on 18 Feb 19:11 , 0 comments
Probably the entire population
has at some point in their lives put off doing important tasks, if not as an adult, most likely they will have put off doing their homework as a child, or revising for an exam at high school or college, because they either felt they had more important things to do; they didn’t recognize the importance of the work they had to do; they lacked the confidence in themselves to carry out the task; or they felt under too much pressure.
This is something that many of our young people will currently be facing during exam time. Therefore, they need as much support and encouragement as possible to help them to get through this difficult time of their lives. It is important to not presume that they are just being lazy, or they place too much importance on their social life.
There may be other more concerning reasons why they procrastinate with their school or college work, and this behaviour if not addressed, will follow them throughout their lives.
Procrastination can for some people become part of who they are. It is a learnt behaviour, which is affected by an individual’s belief system established from their early childhood experiences.
It is strongly linked
with confidence and self esteem, and is more prevalent in people who suffer with depression and anxiety. It can also be an issue for people who have perfectionist traits and unrealistic high standards, due to parents and/or teachers pushing them too hard.
The busy pace of life doesn’t help either, as most people struggle with their time. If there are too many things to focus on, and there is the feeling of being pulled in too many different directions, then frustration and tiredness, resulting in depleted energy levels, can ultimately lead to feelings of despair and hopelessness; further resulting in shutting down and avoiding situations and people.
This can also lead to fears and phobias, affecting everyday situations as well as those that caused the stress in the first place. Usually some form of psychological therapy and re-education around coping mechanisms and time management is needed, to get life back on track again.
It is important
to deal with the issue as soon as you are aware of it. If you feel that you procrastinate in a way that is starting to affect your work or relationships, then it is time to do something about it, before it has a damaging affect on your mental health and other areas of your life.
Prevention is the key to good mental and physical health and wellbeing. However, it is difficult to prevent the damage of inappropriate learnt behaviour in childhood, but prevention can begin once awareness has been established.
Within our hypnotherapy practices, we both see many people who have problems with procrastination as a main issue or as an additional issue alongside other personal problems. Once they become aware of the underlying issues which affect it, and the self limiting beliefs they may be running, they are then able to find ways to manage their lives more effectively.
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