Wondering how to have more patience to zap stress? You’re not alone.
From fast food to instant contact via email and Smartphones. Fact is, we are surrounded with products and services that provide instant gratification.
But there are two drawback to all of this instant service.
- It can lead to unrealistic expectations for ourselves and others.
- It also destroys our capacity for patience.
Unrealistic expectations = More stress!
On the other hand, learning how to have more patience helps us reduce chronic stress and overwhelm in life.
Most of us are familiar with the frustration that begins to grow inside of us whenever we have to wait – for anything. (And I mean…anything!! Myself included).
Over time, this frustration causes our stress levels to build and can lead to a short temper along with increased blood pressure!
Are you starting to see the importance of learning how to have more patience?
Try these methods to learn how to have more patience and reduce stress.
Take a step back.
The next time that you feel frustrated over a delay or other situation, do this. Try taking a step back and looking at the issue from a different angle. It took me some time to learn to do this, but it’s crucial for anyone who want to learn how to have more patience.
- 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. It could be physical circumstances that prevent us from moving forward. Or it could be intangible circumstances and external influences that can cause delays. Regardless of the circumstances, try looking at all aspects of the situation. That’s the best way to find a solution that helps you get past the obstacle.
Focus on what you’ve achieved.
Many of us naturally begin to feel impatient if we’re making slow progress towards our goals. (I am GUILTY of this big time!!!) 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.
- Do gentle exercises that focus on stretching and breathing. Yoga, Tai chi, or meditation could be good choices. Stretching and deep breathing help you to remain calm and patient as you work towards a goal.
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.
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. Once you identify them, think of ways that would help you successfully cope with them.
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. You will also learn how to maintain your self-control in the face of delays and unexpected events.
Life is too short! You are too blessed to be stressed!
Learn how to have more patience to reduce chronic stress using the 5 tips above.
If I did it, I know you can do it too!