A study that was recently published in Frontiers in Psychology suggests that a novel cognitive technique can help reduce anxiety and procrastination.
The study was motivated by prior research, which shows that people often procrastinate because they’re anxious about a task that they have to complete.
In many cases, this anxiety can occur as a result of issues with people’s self-efficacy, which is a person’s appraisal of their ability to complete a specific task.
In the study, 71 university students interested in dealing with test anxiety and/or academic procrastination were divided into a control group and an intervention group.
Participants in the intervention group then attended another seminar, where they learned to investigate their stressful thoughts using a method called inquiry-based stress reduction (IBSR).
The IBSR method uses a specific set of questions to allow for the identification and exploration of stressful cognitions (e.g., “I am not able to study sufficiently”).
This, together with the fact that this method is easy to implement, makes it an attractive solution for people struggling with anxiety and procrastination. »