Rewiring the Brain: Neuroscientific Insights into Overcoming Procrastination

Christopher 'Chigg' Ba(Hons), Dip CBH, MNCH(reg)

Christopher 'Chigg' Ba(Hons), Dip CBH, MNCH(reg)

Founder:Bohangar City Practice: (ex Banking Analyst): Transforming Minds, Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy.

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What is Procrastination?

Procrastination refers to the habitual deferment of actions or tasks, a phenomenon pervasive across different age groups and demographics. This tendency can stem from numerous sources such as apprehension of failure, diminished motivation, or the overwhelming sensation of not knowing the initial step to take. The repercussions of procrastination are largely detrimental, manifesting in missed deadlines and subpar performance, accompanied by ensuing sentiments of guilt and self-reproach.

The Neuroscience of Procrastination

Recent research has shed light on the neuroscience behind procrastination. It has been found that procrastination is linked to the brain’s reward system. When faced with a task, the brain releases dopamine, a neurotransmitter associated with pleasure and reward. This dopamine release can be so strong that it can override our ability to focus on the task at hand. As a result, we may be more likely to procrastinate and seek out activities that provide a more immediate reward.

Overcoming Procrastination

Fortunately, there are a number of strategies that can help us to overcome procrastination. Cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy (CBH) is a type of therapy that can help to identify and change the thought patterns and behaviours that lead to procrastination. CBH can help to identify the underlying causes of procrastination and develop strategies to address them.

For example, CBH can help to identify and challenge negative thoughts and beliefs that may be contributing to procrastination. It can also help to develop positive self-talk and create a plan of action to help stay on track. Additionally, CBH can help to develop strategies to manage stress and anxiety, which can be a major factor in procrastination.


Procrastination can have a negative impact on our lives, but it doesn’t have to be a permanent problem. Cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy can help to identify and address the underlying causes of procrastination and develop strategies to overcome it. With the right help and support, it is possible to break the cycle of procrastination and take control of our lives.

Disclaimer, Please Read: The information provided in this article is for illustrative and informational purposes only. It does not establish a therapist-patient relationship. For medical issues or emergencies, always consult with a licensed medical professional. For non-clinical challenges related to stress, anxiety, and other emotional or behavioural concerns, considering a consultation with a therapist may be beneficial. Bohangar City Practice is a registered Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy practice, specializing in combining cognitive behavioural techniques with hypnosis to address various challenges and promote well-being. Any questions, please do reach out

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