Procrastination is not a smart strategy

When a person fails to install a balanced and healthy lifestyle, many times this is related to a difficulty establishing priorities in your life. In a world where we all have multiple obligations and responsibilities, where it seems that 24 hours are not enough, It is very normal to postpone our own needs and the aspects that make our well-being.

Prioritizing yourself implies understanding the importance of working daily in all those aspects that promote well-being, physical and mental health, as well as personal and spiritual development. It involves taking care of both your interior and exterior. It is also related to self-esteem, self-care and self-esteem.

Behind this habitual attitude of procrastinating, there may be several factors. The first is self-devaluation, since procrastination can be a subtle form of lack of self-worth and self-esteem.. Everything is more relevant than self-care for these people, and they can really feel inside that the well-being of others comes before their own.

The second factor can be related to the need to constantly seek to please others, leading to one’s own postponement, to prioritize the needs and demands of others, by mandates or patterns that they developedto please others, seeking their approval, attention or affection.

In situations of acute or chronic stress, burnout syndrome or post-traumatic stress.

In situations of acute or chronic stress, burnout syndrome or post-traumatic stress, our brain can go into automatic pilot, that is, in survival mode, discovering a complete disengagement and disconnection of the person from their own needs and completely altering circadian rhythms, habits and routines. This fact can lead to people forgetting or postponing what is important in order to attend to what is urgent.

Finally, many people may engage in this behavior when they need to gain a secondary benefit or exert control over or manipulate others. This behavior generates mutual dependence between the parties, where one sacrifices himself completely for the welfare of the other, completely postponing his own needs, but achieving a change in the veneration and recognition of the environment.

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Whatever the cause, procrastinating is not a smart strategy. It does not benefit us in any way and reflects the need to redefine our way of connecting with others. People who prioritize their well-being and self-carethey are not only happier and more productive, but have better bonds and greater longevity.

Some recommendations:

  1. Establish a routine at the beginning of the day dedicated exclusively to self-care or personal development. Also, incorporate small routines or moments of enjoyment and pleasure throughout the day.
  2. Taking care of our personal image, not only in grooming and clothing, but in other small details: a good massage, a day at the spa, a nice hairstyle, proper posture and the best smile, are your best letter of introduction.
  3. Schedule consultations in detail and do not postpone annual medical check-ups. Listen to the signals of our body and attend to the symptoms in time.
  4. Invest in education, personal development and spirituality. Readings, retreats and courses, events, activities that inspire usconstructive relationships, environments that promote our well-being.
  5. Attend to symptoms when they appear and learn to manage stressthrough body-mind therapies or activities that generate enjoyment, leisure spaces and freeing up our schedule.
  6. Learn to say NO, avoid relationships and toxic people, evade the dependency and manipulation mechanisms that many people use. It is also necessary at certain times to know how to ask for help. Understand and accept our own vulnerability, our humanity.
  7. Finally, Diet, physical activity and adequate rest are three key elements, that you should never postpone. Your health is too precious a good, invest time in preserving your health.

In short, as one sentence says: “A caregiver with him neglected, will not be able to take care of what is entrusted to him.” Self-procrastination is not a sign of altruism.Rather, it is inconsistent, dangerous, unintelligent, and ineffective behavior when it comes to meeting our responsibilities, setting priorities, and caring for others.

*Medical MN 88956. Health Coach @dra.anahitimo.

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