**Stress and Procrastination
-People who procrastinate experience a lot of stress.
-In a 2012 study examining the relationship between stress, self-compassion and procrastination, researchers found that procrastinators tend to have high stress and low self-compassion, suggesting that self-compassion provides “a buffer against negative reactions to self-relevant events
-According to traditional thinking, procrastinators, have a time management problem.
-Psychologists are realising this is wrong.
-Experts like Tim Pychyl at Carleton University in Canada and his collaborator Fuschia Sirois at the University of Sheffield in the UK have proposed that procrastination is an issue with managing emotions, not time.
-The task being put off is making them feel bad – perhaps it’s boring, too difficult or the person is worried about failing – and to make themselves feel better in the moment, so they start doing something else, like watching videos.
-This fresh perspective on procrastination is beginning to open up exciting new approaches to reducing the habit; it could even help people improve their own approach to work.
-Procrastination – while effectively distracting in the short-term – can lead to guilt, which ultimately compounds the initial stress
-Being inclined to procrastinate on a regular, long-term basis – is associated with a host of adverse mental and physical health consequences, including anxiety and depression, poor health such as colds and flu, and even more serious conditions like cardiovascular disease.
-Procrastination has adverse consequences through two routes – first, it’s stressful to keep putting off important tasks and failing to fulfil your goals, and second, the procrastination often involves delaying important health behaviours, such as taking up exercise or visiting the doctor.
**The Relaxation Response
-The relaxation response is the rest and digest part of the nervous system.
-It basically undoes the work of the stress response after a stressful situation.
-The relaxation response happens when we feel safe, nurtured or taken care of.
-It can block effects from your body’s response to stress.
-This is good for your mental and physical health.
**Effective Relaxation Techniques
-The most effective relaxation technique is one that works for you!
-Different relaxation techniques will help different people at different times.
-What works for you this week, may not work next week.
-But it might work again next month.
-Our needs vary and so it’s important to have a toolbox of relaxation techniques to help you on a regular basis.