The Brain Drain of Procrastination



The reality is, procrastination may be holding us back more than we realize.  When it comes to certain mundane or challenging responsibilities in life, such as difficult projects at work, studying for an exam, folding the laundry or going to the gym, procrastination is easy to do.

Procrastination stems from the desire to avoid challenging or boring situations. More than likely, if you’ve ever put off something important, it was to catch up on your favorite tv show, hang out with friends or to take a nap. There is absolutely nothing wrong with taking time for yourself. However, chronic procrastination and inactivity in life has been scientifically shown to discourage neurogenesis and intellectual enhancement—that’s no good!

How procrastination may drain your brain

  • A sedentary lifestyle can delay neurogenesis. Physical activity plays a key role in creating new neurons in the brain. Every human being has a specific protein called Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF). Put simply, this protein is responsible for neurogenesis in your brain, earning its nickname “brain fertilizer”. So, what triggers this protein to be produced? You guessed it—exercise. In a study conducted by Stanford University researcher, Dr. Ahmad Salehi and his colleagues, lab rats had their physical activity mildly elevated for five weeks. The results were startling: physical activity reversed cognitive decline due to inactivity. So, next time you are putting off going to the gym, consider how sad that makes your brain.
  • A bored mind can negatively affect your mental health. As humans, our brains require stimulation and novelty. This is what keeps our brains placid and flexible. Scientific research has proven that when our brains become bored, the brain produces dopamine (the rewarding chemical) in order to maintain a relaxed state. But the problem is, when our brains are repeatedly bored, we maintain fewer dopamine receptors. This requires the brain to yield more dopamine in the future to experience the same level of excitement. The goal is to find time to relax, while also keeping the mind stimulated. Rather than laying on the couch, binge watching daytime television or mindlessly trolling social media, choose hobbies that allow you to relax while also keeping your mind occupied. Read a book, draw or paint a picture, write in a journal, solve a sudoku puzzle or meditate. Hobbies such as these allow your mind to relax but not to become bored.


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