Procrastination controlling your life?
You are working online and the next thing you know three hours have passed by and you’ve been surfing the internet. You sit down to get some work done and answer just one text and the next thing you know it’s dinner time. You sit on the couch just to relax for a moment, switch on a show to watch and the next thing you know you wake up and have lost the day. Are you stricken with a distraction disorder?
Getting lost in distractions from time to time is not a problem when your mind is taking a much needed break. However, when these distractions occur unconsciously and on a regular basis you have lost control of your life and are in a cycle of procrastination and avoidance.
Procrastination occurs when you postpone the inevitable. When you know you need to move forward; your heart starts to beat faster, your blood runs through your veins quicker, your throat constricts, you can’t eat or can’t stop eating, your breathing is shallow, and so on; any number of signs of stress creeping into your life. So you procrastinate, which results in being stuck, feeling guilty, and losing focus and fear increases because you procrastinate! Compounding this cycle is that the stress you are feeling is exhausting, so you are tired and sleep more, and so the cycle continues.
It’s time to break this cycle! When you realize you are heading into a procrastination habit, breathe in deeply and calmly. Take some time to have a curious and honest conversation with yourself about why you are taking time out. Explore your feelings, your situation and your options. Seek guidance in this exploration to mirror back your thoughts, beliefs and results. Project what you want to do instead and what outcome do you want. Dig deep and approach this conversation out of love and honesty.
While you explore why you are procrastinating there are actions you can take to re-energize and make conscious choices in your life:
Step outside for 15 minutes and walk. Fresh air gets you refocused
Add an exercise routine to your schedule two to three times a week. Movement stimulates your energy
Find a social group or volunteer your time a few times a week. Interacting with people lifts your spirits