Coping with Anxiety Through Procrastination
In "slider's CI 9:15 pm--more relaxed" on Tuesday, August 15th, I wrote:
"You know, the taxes were amping up my anxiety level to sky high. I'm allergic to anxiety. It drives me nuts. I know lots of people who live their whole life full of anxiety--and I don't know how they can stand it. (In case of extreme anxiety, I shut down into severe depression just to stop feeling anxious!) In fact, part of my procrastination is clearly about avoiding the things that make me anxious. It's about escapism from things I don't like and don't want to face lots of the time (I manage to do all five kinds of procrastination, though). Examining myself while going through this anxiety helped me face it and get through it--but it also elicited all kinds of squirrely behavior. Hmm. Guess I will have to show a little more sympathy to all the high-strung, annoying and, yes, squirrely people I deal with!"
I wonder how often this is the payoff for our procrastination--avoiding things we are afraid of? I've seen little snippets about this here and there in people's posts. Does anyone know whether some kind of anxiety management reduces procrastination, too?