Procrastination and Mental Health

What is procrastination, and how is it related to mental health? 

Procrastination means delaying or postponing tasks or activities. It is the habit of putting off or avoiding doing something that needs to be done. If you have struggled with feelings of procrastination in the past, that is okay. It is important to understand that procrastination is closely linked to our mental health, and that dealing with lack of motivation and drive can be a sign that we need to take time for self care. We may subconsciously hold ourselves back due to fear of failure, anxiety at the unknown, perfectionism, and overwhelm. Procrastination can be a challenging experience to overcome, but it is possible to do with compassion and patience for yourself. 

One of the best ways that I have found to cope with and overcome feelings of procrastination is by changing my mindset.

We can use positive affirmations to shift the way we are thinking about a situation, and find inspiration, motivation, and discipline to move through what we are facing. 

Read on as I share 5 tips for dealing with procrastination:

  1. Break tasks into smaller, manageable chunks.
  2. Set specific and achievable goals.
  3. Use positive self-talk and visualization to stay motivated.
  4. Reward yourself for completing tasks.
  5. Prioritize your tasks by importance and deadline.

Try these supportive affirmation for overcoming procrastination and building motivation:

I am motivating myself 

I am practicing compassion with myself 

I am believing in myself 

I am taking the time to rest and care for my needs 

I am being calm, and restoring my energy 

I am giving my mind, body, and spirit what it needs 

I allow myself to focus on each present moment 

I am capable, focused, and strong 

My actions are fruitful 

I am achieving my goals 

I am achieving what I truly want to achieve every day

I am taking action now 

I am living the life I love 

I am so grateful for this moment 

I am living knowing that I am enough 

When you begin to struggle with feelings of procrastination, take it as a sign that it may be time to recharge your batteries and engage in some nourishing self care. Once you are feeling balanced and re-energized, you will have an easier time moving forward. Be patient with yourself, and take things one small step at a time. You are capable of overcoming and achieving everything that you desire! It all starts with one breath, one step in the right direction.