“Have patience. All things are difficult before they become easy.”
Impatience is among the top contributors to stress. Do you often find yourself growing frustrated by small tasks? Do you procrastinate or avoid something out of fear that it will use up too much of your time and energy? These are both indicators that you may need to practice patience.
The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it.
– Arnold H. Glasow
Do you want to learn how to be more patient? Here are some tips that may help you to become a more patient being.
- Practice, Practice, Practice – You must practice daily to build the habit. Repeat these steps daily to help improve the skill.
- Avoid Triggers – First, we must narrow down what our triggers are. Ask yourself: “Why am I frustrated?” Is there a certain task that causes you to grow frustrated? Are time constraints making you antsy? Once we have pinpointed what the triggers are, we must then work to avoid them in the future.
- Deep Breath – Deep breaths release endorphins and help to relieve stress. If you begin to feel yourself growing impatient, pause and take a few deep breaths.
- Count to 100 – Along with a few deep breaths, experiment with counting to 100. The action of counting distracts you, helping to take your mind off of your frustrations. Or count to 20. Or repeat a favorite quote or verse to yourself.
- Take Your Time – Take your time and work at a pace that you’re comfortable with to help eliminate stress and triggers.
- Time Out – Take a time out. Step away from what you’re doing for a moment and allow yourself time to relax. Then, with a calm mind, resume the action.
- Love and Laughter – Laugh often with loved ones. Laughter is an amazing way to relieve stress!
- Hugs – Offer hugs, share hugs, ask for hugs. There is actually science behind the benefits of hugging, for stress relief and overall health.
- Remind Yourself: Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff – Focus your energy and attention on the more pressing, higher priority items and remember that the small mundane tasks are not worth the stress. Put it in perspective, avoid making mountains out of mole hills.