How do you overcome the urge to procrastinate? Or, need some help?

Dr Gary
By Dr GaryCA Latest Reply 2018-08-29 22:50:42 -0500
Started 2018-08-01 16:15:12 -0500

My clients often talk to me about how hard it is to follow their self-care plan, especially where diet and exercise are concerned. I know it’s not easy.

It has been my experience that patients who are newly-diagnosed often struggle with procrastination. But so do those who are more experienced, maybe as a result of a major change in the requirements around their regimen. Or because they are feeling worn out on their routine.

So if you are struggling with procrastination, you are not alone. And, if so, you can do something about your procrastination.

I wrote an article about this awhile back. Here’s a link:

Okay, so what about you? In what areas of your life are you most likely to procrastinate? And a second question. Is your self-care plan one of those areas?

11 replies

2018-08-29 22:50:42 -0500 Report

Great article Dr. Gary. I also like Mel Robbins. I listen to her on YouTube. She says whenever you have a hard time doing something, count down like a rocket ship, "5…4…3…2…1…Blast Off!!"

debcox 2018-08-04 02:25:15 -0500 Report

Well, I have to say that I am a great procrastinator. I took care of myself very well from 5/2014 until 2/2016 and then life happened. I was in a tailspin for 24 months due to stress. My grandsons almost got taken away due to a custody battle, my hubby's cancer returned, I became depressed and I just stopped taking care of myself. Obviously, that did not go well. I can't help anyone, if I am not around. I am doing better now as I am getting back on track but it is hard work. I am angry at myself for letting things slide so long. I realize this does not help and I am trying hard to get back to where I was when the slide started. Honestly, I feel like I am going through the motions and while I know it will help to do the correct things, I'm hoping that my emotions catch up to my brain quickly.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2018-08-07 22:39:36 -0500 Report

Hi debcox,, thanks a lot for sharing this with us. You had a lot hit you in a short amount of time, life happened for sure. I can understand why your self-care was so affected. You're human! So I hope you won't criticize yourself, you had a lot to deal with. It's great to hear you are working on yourself. You'll get there, one step at a time. I always say this to my clients, as you just said: Go through the motions of living a healthy life, whether you feel like it or not. Let the emotions catch up later. Best wishes to you. I hope you will keep us posted on how you're doing!

Type1Lou 2018-08-03 10:00:57 -0500 Report

Just returned from a trip to the Canadian Rockies (spectacular scenery!) Now I have to get back into my exercise routine. Since we returned late yesterday, I allowed myself this morning off but tomorrow morning I set my alarm to wake up in time to get my aerobic workout in (If I don't do it at 7 am here in Florida, it just gets too hot.) I remind myself how good I feel after I've worked out.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2018-08-07 18:45:53 -0500 Report

HI Lou! Wow, that sounds like a great vacation. Getting back to the routine after a break is never easy, I know what you mean. Reminding yourself of the benefit is a great way to give yourself that extra push, I do the same thing. The benefit outweighs all the reasons not to exercise.

BB42 2018-08-02 06:34:19 -0500 Report

Inter4sting because I have lately been procrastinating concerning my exercise regimen. The summer is a very busy time and I use any and all excuses to put off exercising. I know how important it is and will, likely, as I have done in the past, start up and be consistent in the fall

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2018-08-07 18:44:15 -0500 Report

Hey BB42! I am with you on that one. It's so easy to get caught up with life and then decide to put off exercise. The more you put it off, the easier it gets to keep putting it off. And it's always hard to go back after a long break. You will get back to it, one step at a time.

suecsdy 2018-08-01 19:58:04 -0500 Report

Exercise. The food isn't that much of a struggle, but I just hate to exercise. Right now I have a good excuse because I'm still healing, but just walking the dog is not enough and I know it. It gets so darn hot here in the summer, I don't even want to be outside. I have about a month's reprieve left and then I need to get serious again.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2018-08-07 18:42:40 -0500 Report

Hey suecsdy, thanks for checking in. I know what you mean about exercise. You are in good company on that one, me included. It's so easy to come up with an excuse and talk yourself out of it. The heat and humidity of summer is certainly one good reason. Yes, cooler days are coming soon.

GabbyPA 2018-08-01 16:41:08 -0500 Report

Oh the "P" word. Yep. I work so much and am exhausted when I get home and my weekends lately have been catching up on sleep and down time, but that means my house doesn't get cleaned as it should, unfortunately. And forget the yard, specially in this heat.

I don't really procrastinate in my self care. Avoidance may be a better word. But the one place I have to be careful not to procrastinate is in a low. Sometimes I try to ignore it, think it might be something else, but there comes that moment when I know...I don't know why I do that.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2018-08-07 18:41:09 -0500 Report

Hi Gabby! I know what you mean about the work thing. I also work long days, so a lot doesn't get done around the house, at least not until the weekend. Those lows can catch up with you, that's for sure. When you hit one, it's act now, all hands on deck! Nice to see you!

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