Procrastination can be your doom if you want to live healthy today! Procrastination seems worse and worse over the years and finally scientists are chiming in!
I’m the Queen of Justification!
“I worked in the yard almost a full day yesterday, just a couple cold one’s after. I’m going to go get a burger and fries!” Says I all together too often, with different justifications of course! I call myself the “Queen of Justifying.”
Justifying is but another form of procrastination. I’m just making an excuse for not taking care of myself. I want to live healthy today, not tomorrow or the week after. As I age, I am accumulating health issues and more daily pills. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, … . I’m no different from millions of other mid-50’s Americans making excuses for ordering fried chicken strips instead of grilled!
“In 1978, only about 5% of the American public thought of themselves as chronic procrastinators. Now it’s 26%,” says University of Calgary professor Piers Steel in a 30 page study in Psychological Bulletin. “People who procrastinate tend to be less healthy, less wealthy and less happy,” Steel said.
It seems a general consensus that procrastination does affect a person’s health causing stress and it also generally seems to impact health negatively. So, how do I get myself over this? Tired now, work on the tomorrow, …..
Talk the Talk/ Walk the Talk!
Over the years I have read countless self-help, motivation books. Been to workshops and conventions, watched webinars and DVD’s. I am a self-help guru! I can give the best advice, I know exactly what to say at the right time. Why then am I still over weight, depressed and not as happy as I’d like?
The biggest obstacle to living healthy today is myself! I seem to be either white or black when it comes to getting off my tush and doing something healthy, no gray areas. I’m either 100% go hard or don’t go at all, or – I’m just all together too tired today. As I think about this, having that attitude is causing me stress right now! Wow!
There’s a term I like to use, especially since my husband passed away in 2015, “If it’s gonna be it’s up to me!” When I really don’t want to do something, this is what I say to myself to get me going. So why isn’t this working with my health? I know what to do, how to do it. I also know it works when applied, I’ve done this before.
Start Walking, ….
So you see? I have the knowledge, I keep putting off, or procrastinating, on putting it into practice. I have a strong suspicion that I’m not alone?
Let’s work together, or hopefully my personal journey will inspire someone to get up off their tush and move! Please leave me a question or comment on my thoughts. Let’s grow and learn together!
Growth is never ending!