The Link Between Health, Stress & Procrastination

By Roz Jones

As you’ve probably experienced, procrastination can have a huge impact on your success in life. It can also have a big impact on your physical and mental health.

Procrastination is linked to mental health problems like stress and anxiety. When you put off tasks, it leads to stress over having to get things done at the last minute. This can lead to anxiety, fear, and feelings of depression.

This stress can then lead to physical symptoms that can be deadly such as cardiovascular disease and hypertension. Too much and continual stress is bad for your health as it can lead to insomnia, chronic headaches, stiff muscles, chest pain, fatigue, low sex drive, upset stomach, and obesity.

Procrastination leads to irritability, sadness, restlessness, and excitability, as well as a lack of focus or feeling, overwhelmed and anxious.

Our moods, resulting from procrastinating, can lead us to overeat, exercise less often, have social withdrawal, have angry outbursts, and have drug, alcohol, or tobacco abuse.

We might end up postponing health checkups that would catch problems early or not taking care of ourselves in a healthy way.

All of these can be prevented by reducing or putting a halt to procrastinating. We’ll look at ways to do this later.

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