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Cynthia touched on today’s tip in her comment yesterday. She wrote, “Healthy bodies build creative minds.” Healthy bodies are also less likely to procrastinate. The endorphins and other benefits of physical exercise increase the ability for your brain to function.
In Procrastination: Why You Do It, What to Do About It Now by Jane B. Burka and Lenora M. Yuen, the authors explain how your brain reacts to stress and how exercise allows more blood to flow to the brain. That increased blood flow heals the Hippocampus, which is a part of the brain where long-term memory resides and affects your ability to see events in context. Exercise also releases endorphins, making you happier about the task at hand, and exercise creates the protein BNDF, which stimulates the growth of new neurons in your brain.
The feelings that cause procrastination–and procrastination itself–can lead to a shrinking of your Hippocampus. Since the Hippocampus is essential to help you to put the task you’re facing into perspective, a shrunken Hippocampus makes it that much harder to overcome procrastination.
Through exercise, the Hippocampus can heal significantly and quickly. The book quotes a study on rats that showed a 30 percent increase in blood flow to the Hippocampus after just three months of regular exercise. So, with a healthier Hippocampus, endorphins, and BNDF, you’re better off all around! You’ll be able to accomplish tasks more easily, and procrastination should be less of a problem.
Procrastination: Why You Do It, What to Do About It Now is fascinating, and I suggest you check it out if you are interested in the psychology (and physiology) behind procrastination.
Eating healthier helps to combat procrastination too! Less sugar and caffeine (*sigh*). More protein, fruits, and veggies.
Starting an exercise routine is a hard thing to do, but I’m sure you won’t regret it.
What are your favorite junk food/beverage habits? What items could you convince yourself to swap them out for?
What can you do today to give your brain a boost?
In what other ways can a writer live more healthily that could help to defeat the enemy, procrastination?