After the big question of existence, ‘To do or not to do’ is a question that we have all grappled with at some point or another in our lives.
Over centuries, if there is one thing that has hindered human progress, it would be our ability to procrastinate.
So, What Exactly Is Procrastination?
According to Psychology Today, procrastination is the habit of putting off starting or completing something that one consciously agreed to do. It is related to our perpetual struggle with self-control and our failure to predict how we will be feeling in the future (when the task at hand is not completed).
It should be noted that it’s not choosing to delay because there is adequate time left or because waiting would be more beneficial than starting right away.
Although almost every one of us procrastinates, 20 percent of people are chronic procrastinators. These people avoid necessary tasks and keep looking for distractions.
Reasons Why We Procrastinate
Different people procrastinate for different reasons. Here are some common ones:
- Finding the project or task at hand boring
- Feeling anxious about working on the project
- Not having confidence in one’s ability
- Being fearful of failure
- Having difficulty concentrating
How Hypnosis Might Help
We procrastinate because our subconscious mind is holding us back for reasons just mentioned above. It is constantly finding reasons to stop us from taking action.
Hypnosis, by targeting this very part of the mind, can change thought patterns and can bring about action. Using suggestions, metaphors and imaginative techniques, the therapeutic procedure can be instrumental in helping people kick off the habit of procrastination.
Here’s how hypnosis can help:
- The hypnotist first teaches the client some relaxation exercises. This allows him/her to get access to the subconscious mind – the part of the mind that matters.
- He/she will then aim to find mental blocks that are holding the client back. From vulnerability avoidance to fear of success, there might be quite a few reasons that have led to procrastination.
- Using suggestive techniques, the hypnosis expert will help the client get strength and courage for action. By imagining being successful, the client’s subconscious gets ready for change.
- Finally, by dividing the task into smaller, more manageable steps, the client’s subconscious gets a better grip on the situation and can get ready for action.
Completely understanding the subtleties of the subconscious, Rekha Shrivastava helps clients in Rochester, New York get rid of their procrastination habits. Her services also include pain management, weight loss, anxiety treatment and stress management among others.