When is there ever a time we are not having to practice patience? Very rarely. If you are someone who feels anxious about an event to take place, or a change to happen, I’m with you. There are many times I have to remind myself to just chill, and have patience. It can be hard when you know something incredible is right around the corner, and you want it NOW.
I’ve got a few tips for you though, because if you are anything like me, you need a little reminder that every amazing thing takes time in this world. You’ve gotta (you just gotta) enjoy the little moments in between what’s going on, and what is soon to come.
Don’t be so overly anxious to reach your destination that you forget to enjoy your unique personal journey.
One of the most important things to keep in mind when practicing patience is to know that whatever it is you are waiting for will come, or it won’t. Either way, you must let it play out the way it is supposed to play out. We all need to practice patience everyday.
Here are some ways you can start practicing patience today. These little tricks have worked for me and I hope they do for you too!
– Close your eyes and take a big deep breath
This is a simple technique that you can do no matter where you are unless you are driving. Please don’t close your eyes while driving.
– Turn down the noise
I enjoy going to the beach alone and listening to music through my head phones or taking some time to visit a book store and do some browsing. Sometimes I even come home from work, put my stuff down and just lay down for 10-15 minutes. It always helps me decompress and recharge.
Like my last suggestion, you will need to find a quiet place to enjoy for about 10-20 minutes, or whatever you have time for. Somewhere calm and relaxing would be the best setting.
– Slow it down
Relax. Try not to be in a hurry, ever. (Woooo Saaawww)
– Work Out/ Gym/ Yoga
Be active and break a sweat.
– Be productive.
There is a difference (I believe) in being busy, and being productive. Being busy typically means you are doing things to occupy your time, and some of those things may be a bit unproductive. When you are crossing things off your list, creating wonderful things, or maybe helping someone in need, you are being productive. This is always rewarding, and will pay off in the moments, days and weeks to come.
Also, read the benefits below to see how practicing patience will improve your overall health and well-being.
– Reduction in stress levels and anxiety
– Better understanding of the situation and gives you time to weigh out the pros and cons
– Ability of better overcome obstacles and achieve better problem solving skills
– Better appreciation for the growth process
– Better decision-making
– Improvements in relationships
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