3 Powerful Practices to Overcome Procrastination
Have you ever been part of an instance where you put on your laptop and your to-do list is ready, only to realize a couple of hours later that you haven’t completed any of your tasks and you’re currently watching cat videos on Youtube? Not to fret, you’re part of a whole community of individuals who have this habit called procrastination. It basically means that you put off work for a few minutes or hours and keep doing so, until you realize that you do not have the time required to devote to your work. While this happens occasionally to almost everyone, there are times when it deeply affects your mental and physical health and quality of life. Here’s Team Illuminations not letting you procrastinate your mental health no more!
How and Why does Procrastination manifest?
Procrastination usually involves consciously putting off a task and doing something else. Your logical brain must be wondering, why would you do that? Why would you lose focus when you have a deadline looming over your brain? The reason why procrastination takes place is because we put aside things that we believe are unpleasant and choose to do something that is easier, more enjoyable and less stressful. Or at the very least, we think this choice leads to lesser stress.
On the other hand, procrastination throws us further into the rabbit hole of delayed work, more pressure and stress and not enough time to do it all. It’s a sort of a vicious cycle, where your unconscious mind believes it’s helping you by distracting you from this difficult, impossible task. Your unconscious mind uses procrastination as a defense mechanism, hoping the task will go away but it never actually disappears, leading to more mayhem than the beginning.
How to Overcome Procrastination?
We know that our unconscious mind regulates how we act and what we believe in. These beliefs then guide our actions in our daily life. When we have negative thoughts or fear regarding particular jobs or tasks, they remain unchanged and are stuck in our minds. Some practices to change our perception and overcome procrastination are:
With psychotherapy and counseling, you can identify the cause of your procrastination and analyze the very root of this emotional block. Whether it’s guilt, inadequacy, shame, anxiety, with the help of a therapist,you can explore the reason for these feelings and reestablish them to help you perform your daily routine. Many things that seem perfectly healthy to us are detrimental to our well-being and a counseling session helps to point that out. If you want to get a hold on your procrastination, go ahead and book a counseling session in Dubai with Team Illuminations, where some of the best therapists and life coaches will help you overcome your procrastination and get you back on track.
2. Hypnosis or Hypnotherapy
During hypnotherapy, the subconscious mind can be accessed and can be fed information to break and change negative thought patterns that we believe in. A state of heightened relaxation is induced in an individual during hypnosis which helps transform and replace existing old beliefs with new improved habits and thoughts. Hypnotherapy benefits individuals as one learns to recognize negative lifestyle factors, build confidence and motivation to do tasks in a timely manner. A study in 2012 showed how patients suffering from anxiety disorders overcame procrastination through hypnosis. Hypnotherapy is a way to deal with procrastination and well-ness center in Dubai, Illuminations provides many courses and classes with their trained and certified professionals.
3. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) lies on the principle that all your thoughts, actions and feelings are interconnected and that if they are harmful thoughts, they can trap your progress and productivity. It is a method where you focus on current problems, rather thanpast. You talk through your problems with your therapist and break them down into smaller components, identifying the gaps in your beliefs and understanding. In this way you change your perception and behavior and can learn to stop your mind from distracting you with procrastination. To gain a holistic healing experience, book a free consultation at Illuminations in Dubai to jump-start ticking off those things on your to-do list!