The Self-Worth Connection: Unpacking Procrastination’s Emotional Ties

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 is akin to a lingering shadow, constantly trailing one’s intentions and actions. It is a ubiquitous issue, transcending age groups and diverse backgrounds, fueled by a myriad of factors such as fear of failure, dwindling motivation, an unyielding pursuit of perfection, and at times, sheer boredom. While it can occasionally be a benign visitor in our daily lives, it harbours the potential to escalate into a formidable adversary, ushering in missed deadlines and suboptimal outcomes, coupled with a burdensome sense of guilt and shame.

The Emotional Connection to Procrastination

When it comes to procrastination, there is often an emotional component that is overlooked. Procrastination can be a sign of low self-worth or a lack of confidence in one’s abilities. People who procrastinate may be afraid of failure or of not living up to their own expectations. They may also be trying to avoid difficult tasks or situations that make them feel uncomfortable.

How to Overcome Procrastination

The first step in overcoming procrastination is to identify the underlying cause. Once the cause is identified, it is important to develop strategies to address it. For example, if the cause is fear of failure, it may be helpful to focus on the process rather than the outcome. It can also be helpful to break down tasks into smaller, more manageable pieces.

Another important step is to develop a plan of action. This can include setting realistic goals, creating a timeline, and scheduling regular breaks. It is also important to create a supportive environment by surrounding yourself with positive people and eliminating distractions.

Finally, it is important to practice self-compassion. It is normal to make mistakes and to feel overwhelmed at times. It is important to be kind to yourself and to recognize that you are doing the best you can.


Procrastination can be a sign of underlying emotional issues, such as low self-worth or a lack of confidence. It is important to identify the cause of procrastination and to develop strategies to address it. This can include setting realistic goals, creating a timeline, and practicing self-compassion. With the right strategies in place, it is possible to overcome procrastination and achieve success.

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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