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Is your anxiety causing you to procrastinate? 5 signs to know

Published May 5, 2024 2:57 PM IST

  • From the fear of failure to feeling like we’re not capable enough, here are a few ways fear can cause procrastination.

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Anxiety is the condition in which a person is constantly worried about daily activities.  Some of the most common symptoms of anxiety include nausea, headache, pounding heart, and tremors.  Anxiety also makes us procrastinate on our tasks due to the fear of failure. "It's easy to think that you're just lazy, or have trouble managing your time, but a deeper process often takes place when you choose to procrastinate.  When you are faced with a task that needs to be accomplished, you are also confronted with underlying emotions and limiting beliefs working beneath the surface." wrote therapist Carrie Howard.  (Unsplash)
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Published May 5, 2024 2:57 PM IST

Anxiety is the condition in which a person is constantly worried about daily activities. Some of the most common symptoms of anxiety include nausea, headache, pounding heart, and tremors. Anxiety also makes us procrastinate on our tasks due to the fear of failure. β€œIt’s easy to think that you’re just lazy, or have trouble managing your time well, but a deeper process often takes place when you choose to procrastinate. When you’re faced with a task that needs to be done done, “are also confronted with underlying emotions and limiting beliefs operating beneath the surface,” wrote therapist Carrie Howard (Unsplash).

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We often fear that we will not get the desired result if we complete a task – so we try to postpone the task until later.  (Shutterstock)
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Published May 5, 2024 2:57 PM IST

We often fear that we won’t get the desired result if we complete a task – so we try to postpone the task until later. (Shutterstock)

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The fear of failure is caused by fear.  Fear makes us feel like we will definitely fail at what we do.  That's why we procrastinate.  (Pixabay)
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Published May 5, 2024 2:57 PM IST

The fear of failure is caused by fear. Fear makes us feel like we will definitely fail at what we do. That’s why we postpone. (Pixabay)

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We doubt our abilities and believe that we are not capable enough to complete the task before us.  This also damages our self-confidence.  (Photo by Bastian Riccardi on Pexels)
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Published May 5, 2024 2:57 PM IST

We doubt our abilities and believe that we are not capable enough to complete the task before us. This also damages our self-confidence. (Photo by Bastian Riccardi on Pexels)

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We fear that we will be judged or criticized for the quality of our work.  This makes us feel even more like we are not good enough.  (Unsplash)
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Published May 5, 2024 2:57 PM IST

We fear that we will be judged or criticized for the quality of our work. This makes us feel even more like we are not good enough. (Blast)

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When we think about how much effort it takes to complete the task, we are afraid to tackle it at all.  (Photo by Priscilla Du Preez πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ on Unsplash)
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When we think about how much effort it takes to complete the task, we are afraid to even start it. (Photo by Priscilla Du Preez πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ on Unsplash)