Procrastination; the expanded version

If you haven’t had a chance to read the first article, you can click here to read it now. I had asked the question, is this article too short? I had a response that some people would like to learn more. So, this is the ‘more.’

Procrastination happens to all of us at some point in our lives. But if you notice it starting to become a habit you may want to take care! Habitually putting things off can lead to depression, job loss, frustration, low self-esteem, and even dementia.

If you think you have a problem with procrastination, here is a free test you can take. It’ll ask for $6.95 for the full report but you can still get a general score for free. (I have no affiliation with psychology today or the test)

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/tests/career/time-management-skills-test

Why do we procrastinate? 

There are quite a few reasons we do it.

  1. The project is something you don’t like
  2. You have a fear of failure
  3. You can only work if you feel inspired
  4. You’re depressed
  5. You have OCD or ADHD
  6. You’re not sure what needs to be done
  7. You don’t know how to do what needs to be done
  8. You forgot about it
  9. You’d rather play or the job is boring
  10. You don’t care about the project/it’s not important to you

Do any of those hit home for you?

One problem is, while some countries think in the longterm, Americans tend to think in the short-term. We tend to put off unpleasant chores because we want instant gratification. We care more about our current ‘self’ as opposed to our ‘future’ self.  

Putting things off can affect your relationships and even your job. 

What are the solutions to your time-management issues?

Try rethinking the situation. What do you want for your ‘future’ self? And how do you make that happen? Think about your goals and your dreams, and how to make those come true.  

Have you ever set the GPS for a road trip and the ETA reads 2:04? You think 2:03 would be better and try to make that happen. Even better yet if you can get it to 2:00! It’s a little game a lot of us play with ourselves as a way to entertain us during a long drive.  

Find a game you can play with your project. If it’s a writing project, set a timer and give yourself so many minutes to write the next paragraph. Maybe it’s physical training. Set a timer for how many reps you do and then try to beat your time, or hold the bar up longer.

Breakdown the project into bite-size pieces and check them off in bright green as you complete them one by one.

Make happiness your number one priority. How will you feel once the job is done? Happy? Relieved? 

Think about what you want from life and write down how to achieve it.  

Sit down and work for only 15 minutes. After the 15 minutes, see if you still need a break or if you can go for another 15.

When you make a list of what you need to do, write each step down that needs to be taken. Then take the baby-steps toward success… and don’t forget to check each one off 🙂

Promise yourself a healthy reward when you finish the job.

Recognize the warning signs of being distracted. Catch your thoughts when they start to stray and refocus your mind.  

If you put things off because it’s hard then ask for help.

Say no to distractions. That includes friends calling or checking your email.

Get clear on your priorities! 

Now take a deep breath, think about how you’ll feel when the job is finished, and go work at it for just 15 minutes. 

YOU GOT THIS!

(and don’t forget to read the first article)

Procrastination is a thief in disguise

Have you ever made a list of all the things you needed to get done, only to be overwhelmed by the size of it all? I know I have.

The real question is, does it happen frequently?

I end up putting things off because there is just so much to do!

The feeling of overwhelm can completely stop my progress.

Maybe you have also felt this way at times?

I have found that if I break things done a bit. Instead of listing every single item, I group them. I may have fifteen things to do on the internet, five things to do in the kitchen, and three different errands to run. That’s twenty-three separate items to write down.

But, if I group the internet items into categories it helps. Like, marketing, article writing, picture posting. Now I only have three items under internet chores.

So, now, I only have eleven items that I want to accomplish today. Easy! Lol, like that easy button commercial from years ago.

Instead of procrastinating, I end up accomplishing what I set out to complete for the day.

Procrastination can lead to low self-esteem, anxiety, and even depression.

Why is all of this important?

Low self-esteem, anxiety, and depression affect the brain. These can lead to improper diet, lack of sleep, lack of self-care, and a lack of social interaction.

All of these things can trigger brain issues that can lead to dementia.

If you suffer from frequent procrastination and believe you may have some of the side-effects, such as anxiety or a lack of self-caring, reach out to someone that can help.

Why is procrastination a thief? Because it can rob you of your energy, self-worth, productivity, and self-respect. It’s up to you to make sure this thief doesn’t steal your life. There is help.

If it’s a simple case of occasional procrastination, re-examine why you’re putting things off and deal with it. Occasional holding off on getting things done is something we all experience in life.

If you believe you may have a problem with it, you can contact me for further information.

Life is a balancing act.

We balance our finances, our work schedule, and our playtime. We juggle our chores along with spending quality time with the kids. It’s a constant balancing of our lives.

A large part of that is because we tend to overbook our lives. To many of us don’t know how to say, no.

You know how it is. All through life we at, every moment, every day, at each step, have to make choices. Wanting, or needing, some fun time may overrule smart decisions regarding our time. Having a slew of bills may cause us to work too much overtime which interferes with seeing the kids to their baseball practice.

We teeter on that fine line.

And the questions we have to answer! Holy cow, sometimes it can be too much.

Do I take the new job offer or stay with the current job?
Do I break my promise and eat that ice cream or stay firm?
Should I walk the dog even though it’s raining, or make him hold it?
I want that new outfit, do I spend the money?
Should I buy a new car?

And, sadly, in today’s world, there is even the question of, should I risk getting my haircut, or eating out in a public restaurant and being around so many people?

It’s a tightrope. Always one foot hesitantly in front of the other.

You know how it is, sometimes we dart a few quick steps forward, full of confidence, and then life happens. We hesitate, wobble, and take one slow step backward before moving forward again.

We do this with all aspects of life.

And that includes our health.

Some of us eat the way we think is the best for us, but then learn years later that it wasn’t the best choice for us at all. Ha! That’s me.

I worked in a health food co-op back before it was cool. I measured and bagged whole wheat, I scooped freshly made peanut butter into sterile jars and stocked shelves. I did whatever I was asked to do. And in return, I believed I was learning how to be healthy. I was a young adult and followed what these intelligent store leaders taught me.

I gave up white flour and embraced whole wheat. I made my homemade bread. I became a vegetarian. I made spaghetti sauce from scratch and cooked it for hours. I took bee pollen and royal jelly. I did it all.

I followed the recommendations of the health food world. And for all my hard work, I ended up with thyroid issues. I learned that they didn’t know as much as they thought they did about health.

Then, of course, there are those of us that eat whatever we want and don’t believe diet has anything to do with health. Sometimes that works out, but all too often it backfires on us down the road.

No matter what our belief or the actions we take, each one is a choice… a decision on our part.

And every decision or choice we make affects our lives in multiple ways.

Sometimes there are bizarre events in life. Like deciding to walk to the next lamppost only to watch a car crash into the one you were just standing at! That decision saved your life.

But then, there are little choices in our daily lives that aren’t so dramatic.

You know the ones, the “I’ll just have a little cake,” or “I’ll only have one cigarette”, or one shot of whiskey, or one slice of gluten bread, you get the idea.

Maybe you experience choices like, “Maybe I’ll just have a salad today,” or “Maybe I’ll bring water to drink instead of having that chocolate shake.” (Boy, that doesn’t sound nearly as fun; does it? Ha!)

All these less dramatic choices add up and become a dramatic choice after years of piling them on top of each other.

The outcome can be incredible.

Every thought we make, every bite of food we take, every action we create, determines our energy level. These actions are how we communicate with our cells. Our cells are always listening to us so they can make the best possible decisions for us.

In today’s world, it’s hard to know what the right choices are. Misinformation is paramount. It’s like not knowing the right words to say so a child understands what we mean.

The outcome can determine the state of our health as we age.

Do you want to grow old gracefully? Do you want to be able to walk and talk and carry on a coherent conversation? Do you want to live as pain-free as possible?

Each of these steps we take adds up to determine if we make it across that tightrope. Each step determines if we fall before reaching the end we were meant to reach.

And it’s not easy! We all know that science moves in weird jumps. One day eggs are healthy, the next day they aren’t, and then a week later they’re healthy again. How do we keep up with real science and make the right decisions?

What is the next step to take?
How do we not fall off that tightrope?

There are a lot of questions out there, and now, fortunately, there are a lot of answers.

Functional medicine health coaches learn the deep down science of what chemicals and nutrients do to the cells. We learn how the cells react to thought, particles of food, and lifestyle decisions we make. And we learn what those reactions can cause in the body. We learn how to help others turn on, or off, the switches that create health problems. And we learn how to help others turn on those switches that bring on health.

It’s a choice to take each step. Sometimes we step forward… backward… or teeter in place. It is always a choice.

Making the right choice can be confusing and frustrating. And getting it wrong can be devastating.

I’m a functional medicine health coach and I specialize in Alzheimer’s disease.

If you’d like help with making choices around your health, contact me.
I can assist you in creating a plan that will help you make it across that rope. You deserve to reach the end that you were meant to reach instead of falling off before your time.

If it looks like a duck and walks like a duck, is it always a duck?

Well, when it comes to dementia, it’s not always a duck… or rather, it’s not always dementia.

You or a loved one are showing signs of memory issues and you’re freaking out about it, that’s to be expected. You may be contemplating the future and what changes you’re going to need to make. You’re thinking about those horrible changes that may come into reality for you and your family.  

But, not only is there help for those who suffer from dementia, you, (or your loved one) may not have dementia at all.

How do you know? You need to talk to your doctor or a certified health coach that specializes in memory issues. They will help you get the correct test so you can find out what is going on.

One of the biggest culprits is a lack of B12. A deficiency in vitamin B12 can cause fatigue, rapid heartbeat, brain fogmood changes, anemia, muscle weakness, intestinal problems, and nerve damage. This can give the appearance of dementia. 

Low B1 can cause loss of appetiteexhaustionirritability, loss of reflexes, muscle weakness, blurry vision, nausea, vomiting, low heart rate, shortness of breath, and delirium.

B6 is another important vitamin. Low B6 symptoms include rashes, dry or cracked lips, sore tongue, changes in your mood, a weak immune system, low energy, tingling in feet and/or hands, seizures, high homocysteine, and foggy brain function.

Depression is another concern that mimics dementia. It can cause forgetfulness, a lack of focusslow thinkingbeing disorientated. 

Thyroid issues also are known to cause dementia-like symptoms. There are a lot of possible symptoms of thyroid issues, here are some of them; fatiguesleeping issuesdepressionanxiety, digestive issues, eye problems, brain fog, muscle aches and pains, and high cholesterol. 

Some medications can cause confusion and dementia-like symptoms. The drugs can build up inside the body leading to toxic overload. This can cause mental decline.

Lifestyle can also cause memory concerns. The way we eat can cause a lack of nutrients that lead to vitamin deficiencies.  Alcohol and/or drug abuse can cause signs of dementia.  A lack of sleep; or burning the candles at both ends causes problems.  The brain goes through a type of ‘washing’ during deep sleep and when we don’t sleep through the night it can leave unwanted toxins behind.  A big disrupter of the brain is stress that is not resolved or is longterm and also a lack of social interaction.

Dementia has many faces or causes. And a lot of these problems aren’t true dementia; what they are doing is mimicking the disease. These problems can also be a part of actual dementia: you need to find out what’s going on in your body.  

It’s important to speak to your physician or certified health coach to learn more about your health concerns. Most issues can be reversed or corrected with diet and lifestyle changes.  

Just because it looks like a duck, doesn’t mean it is one.

Contact me for more information.