Wayne Gretzky once said, “Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases and its toll on success and happiness is heavy.”
Though I’m no doctor, I tend to agree. Living in a realm of procrastination can lead to inactivity, which increases the risk of not just obesity but a number of health issues. In fact, a recent study by Bishop’s University found that people prone to procrastinating have an increased risk of both cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure.
If you’re not aware, high blood pressure is a condition where the force of blood against the walls of your arteries is much higher than normal. With long-term pressure, the arteries can harden and increase the risk of other conditions, like heart disease and stroke.
Inactivity also increases the risk of gallstones, osteoporosis, adult-onset diabetes, colon cancer, breast cancer, and depression and anxiety.
Besides these health-related effects, procrastination has also been linked to a range of stress-related health issues, including headaches, digestive issues, cold/flu, and insomnia.
I know there were times when I would fall into the land of procrastination, and I’d quickly get a headache. Thinking about the “thing” I was putting off for tomorrow, and then delay after delay, allowed the self-inflicted avoidance to cause the headache.
You may not think about the health related issues that can come from procrastination, however you should. Knowing what can impact your health is important. If you consistently procrastinate, it will impact your ability to achieve.
Implementing the strategies and tactics discussed in the previous weeks can prevent these health-related issues to appear.
To help determine if you are procrastinator, here is a link to a survey you can take and view your score.
You can avoid these health related issues by doing one thing: don’t delay. Take the action required.
Here is to your health and the avoidance of the stealer of achievement!