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5 Tips to Increase Your Patience

From fast food to instant contact via email and Smartphones, we are surrounded with products and services that provide instant gratification. The drawback to all of this instant service is that it can lead to unrealistic expectations for ourselves and others and destroys our capacity for patience.

 

Most of us are familiar with the frustration that begins to grow inside of us whenever we have to wait – for anything. Over time, this frustration causes our stress levels to build and can lead to a short temper along with increased blood pressure!

Try these methods to
increase your patience and reduce stress:

 

1.     
Take a
step back.
The next time that you feel frustrated over a delay or other
situation, try taking a step back and looking at the issue from a different
angle.

 

·        
Stewing over the circumstances isn’t helpful to
anyone. Focusing on finding a solution helps your brain change gears so that
you feel less stressed.
It’s also easier to remain patient when you
believe that a resolution is on the horizon.

 

·        
Obstacles come in many forms, from physical
circumstances that prevent us from moving forward to intangible circumstances
and external influences that can cause delays. Regardless of the circumstances,
try looking at all aspects of the situation in order to find a solution that
helps you get past the obstacle.

 

2.     
Focus on
what you’ve achieved.
Many of us naturally begin to feel impatient if we’re
making slow progress towards our goals. Rather than thinking about what you
haven’t accomplished so far and how far you have to go, focus on the progress
that you have made.

 

·        
Maintain your motivation and build your
patience by celebrating small victories as you work towards the fulfillment of
your goal.

 

·        
Take a few deep breaths when you find yourself
feeling anxious about your slow progress.

 

·        
Gentle exercises that focus on stretching and
breathing, such as yoga and meditation, can also help you to remain calm and
patient as you work towards a goal.

 

3.     
Set
realistic expectations.
Sometimes we become impatient with ourselves and
others because we have unrealistic expectations. The next time you start to
stress over a delay or other obstacle, try to be more flexible with your
schedule and expectations. Consider a range of results or behaviors
that would be acceptable to you.

 

4.     
Identify
your triggers and develop a plan to remain calm.
Everyone has certain
triggers – people, places, or things – that make them feel impatient and
stressed. Figure out your most common triggers and think of ways that would
help you successfully cope with them.

 

5.     
Laughter
is the best medicine.
Learn to laugh at little delays and frustrations.
Make up a joke about some aspect of the situation and enjoy a chuckle. You’ll
feel your stress begin to melt away.

 

As you use these tips to build your patience and reduce your
stress, you’ll learn how to pick your battles wisely and maintain your
self-control in the face of delays.

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By Rod Stone
Author and Publisher of Healthy Living information and products to improve your life.


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