The first thing is to pause and acknowledge the feeling that exists within the body. Could be anxiety, could be worry. Get clear on what it is.
The second thing is to validate yourself or validate the person who is procrastinating. Stop internally berating yourself, if that’s happening—‘I shouldn’t feel like this’, ‘I should be more confident’.
Beating yourself up about it just makes it worse. We want to be kind and use self soothing words to tell ourselves it’s okay to feel anxious, it’s okay to be scared.
The third thing is to take action and embrace the discomfort.
Tell yourself, ‘I can handle this’ then consciously move towards the uncomfortable feeling. This might seem weird, moving away from a place of comfort takes a whole bunch of energy and actually gives us more anxiety, but you will start to feel calmer once you pick up the phone and make that call, sit down and write that paper, log on and sort out your finances.
You’ll probably forget you were anxious because you’ll be doing the thing you were putting off.
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