Oct 18, 2021
Hello and welcome to another episode of the Marina Perry Podcast! This week, Erika Belanger joins Marina to discuss yoga, meditation, and procrastination. Erika is a certified yoga instructor, life coach, and host of the On And Off Your Mat Podcast and has dedicated years of her life to the practice of yoga and self-enlightenment.
Many people start yoga because of the exercise aspect, and it's truly one of the best places to start. But, in reality, it's only an eighth of the practice itself. The way we treat ourselves and others, breath practice, and meditation are also large pieces of yoga outside the physical movement. The exercise benefits are amazing, but yoga is ultimately training you for an ability to come into stillness with self.
Erika also uses daily practice for stress management and feeling more comfortable in her body. There's a lot of potential for yoga to help you self-regulate your central nervous system and gain the self-knowledge and understanding you need to serve yourself better every day. The practices we do every day on the mat are things we can take with us off the mat to help manage our attachments, stress, and emotional responses. If you take out the achievement-based result, can you see the practice as a way to set the tone for your day or week? Maybe you're showing up calmer or more energized and can better do the things you have to do.
Procrastination is the action of unnecessarily delaying something we should do, must do, or even want to do, almost like a force that prevents us from following through. It breaks our self-trust over time and even can be a form of self-harm and self-sabotage. Procrastination is a mechanism of negative mood repair, which means you're trying to avoid a negative feeling, so you're avoiding the task to avoid the discomfort that comes with it.
There are so many solutions to procrastination, but not all of them will work for you. So building awareness around your pattern will give you access to the right solution for your situation. Then, the strategy is to interrupt the behavior, and naturally, you're going to start replacing the undesired action with something better. It's important that you show yourself a little grace and not beat yourself up because that makes the process even harder. Take any action as soon as you can and celebrate yourself for it.
Time isn't the issue, so saying "I don't have time" doesn't make sense. Instead, Erika encourages you to rephrase it as "x isn't a priority for me because y" to put perspective into why you're procrastinating. Looking at your excuses from a different angle will show you if you're prioritizing the things you want to be prioritizing.
What You Will Learn:
IG :@erika.belanger & @onandoffyourmatpodcast
Course Coming Up: Finally Beat Procrastination, How to gain control back over your life, and harness your fullest potential Waitlist Sign Up!