Do you feel as if you get more done when you do it last minute? 🤨
Do you feel as if procrastination or having no choice BUT to do the work makes it happen faster? 🧐
Well GUESS WHAT?! IT DOES!!! BUT…
It’s NOT healthy! Want to know why?
When we wait until the last minute to do something, for one we’re constantly thinking and STRESSING about it! Which releases cortisol into our body and puts our body in stress mode AND takes us out of being focused on the PRESENT! 😳
And then when it comes down to it, where it needs to get done like yesterday and there is no more time to push back (been there many times btw), have you noticed how it becomes GO TIME and how quickly you move, think, and do?? 😱
Well there is a PERFECT explanation for this! Once in stress mode for awhile and cortisol has been released, putting you in fight or flight mode, the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) releases adrenaline as well and these “flash flood of hormones boost the body’s alertness and heart rate, sending extra blood to the muscles” causing you to get so much more done in a fraction of the time – aka adrenal rush! Which caffeine does too by the way.
The sympathetic nervous system is meant to “direct the body’s rapid involuntary response to dangerous or stressful situations”, which is why we go into fight, flight, or freeze mode, and depending on your defense mechanism, if you freeze or flight, procrastination probably terrifies you! 😰
Now imagine those that intentionally are procrastinating to get tasks done quicker – what does that do to the body? 😬
Our body is NOT meant to be in stress mode all the time! That’s when we begin to see health issues arise because when in stress mode, the cells immune system shuts down to have the body ready to fight, flight, or freeze from let’s say a saber tooth tiger (as our bodies were designed to do). 😨
Our bodies were NOT designed to be in CONSTANT stress mode, which is why there are so many more people with chronic illnesses and pains, auto immune diseases, cancers, tumors, etc. 😣
The SNS is active typically during the day due to daily stresses that may occur unless you become CONSCIOUS of your reactions and choices in life’s circumstances.
On the contrary, the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) “inhibits the body from overworking and restores the body to a calm and composed state”. 🥰
I’ve had clients that will intentionally put themselves in SNS in order to get tasks done quicker and then have all types of physical pains and symptoms. And then as they become more aware of this GO MODE behavior and begin to CHOOSE a structured schedule of getting their tasks complete, getting the proper rest and sleep rather than the 2-3 hours a night, having a peace of mind rather than constantly worrying about the task at hand, they also begin to notice their bodies start to FEEL good and the pains and illnesses begin to diminish like MAGIC! Not really tho lol, it’s SCIENCE! 🤓
Our bodies NEED rest and digestion time more than we give them! Consider balancing the two more frequently and notice how you FEEL at the end of each day and the morning you wake up! 😌
THIS is also no different than balancing MASCULINE and FEMININE Energy – YIN YANG! As I’ve mentioned plenty times before, this is necessary for all of us! ☯️
So if you DO procrastinate, will you continue doing so now? 😜