Is Therapy a “Waste of Time?”

When you are asked to carve out part of your day to talk to your therapist, it can make therapy appear like a time-consuming endeavor. However, the benefits of therapy do not occur immediately. So, when considering if treatment is a waste of time, it is important to think about its long-term effects.

One of the symptoms of depression is a lack of energy and no desire to carry out tasks that you want or need to complete. Similarly, those who suffer from anxiety can expend so much energy worrying about the task at hand that they end up putting off their work. As a result, often depression and anxiety go hand in hand with procrastination. The issue with procrastination is that it initially disguises itself as a helpful coping mechanism. However, it can lead to wasted time and a more massive pile of work to tackle.

A big part of therapy is tackling what causes you to shut down in the first place. Whether it’s a lack of energy or anxiety about your performance, therapy can offer you the tools to take control of your time once more.

Meanwhile, here are some other tips to help you in your journey to combat procrastination:

It is not possible to be perfect. Also, there is never the ideal time for anything, so start now.

Making an effort is a good thing!

Failure is a part of life. It is NOT dangerous or shameful. It’s worth giving things a shot.

Have you cancelled or put off going to therapy because you feel like it is taking up too much time in your schedule? Do you procrastinate? How do you feel when you procrastinate?

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