Slow yet rewarding: my journey to patience

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Mon Nov 14, 2022

I want to share with you four tips that helped me to become a patient person. I never imagined that I could become such a person, so this should encourage you to at least try.

The first tip is to make yourself wait and think for a moment. That is the best way to practice patience. Start with something small, like waiting and thinking for a few extra minutes before drinking that milkshake. Then slowly progress and move on to something bigger. You can also try driving in the slow lane. Don't try to speed up and cross the car in front of you. You will begin to gain more patience as you practice.

The second tip is to stop doing things that aren't important. We all have things in our lives that take our time away and we don't spend it on what is important. One way of removing stress from our lives is to stop doing those things. Take a few minutes and evaluate your week. Look at your schedule from the time you wake up until the time you go to sleep. Take out two or three things which you do that aren't important but consume so much of your time. It's time to learn to say no to things that cause stress and make us impatient. 

The third tip is to be mindful of the things making you impatient. Most people have several tasks on their mind and they jump from thought to thought without taking the time to finish the first task. We live interrupted lives as we try to multitask. It is frustrating when we feel like we aren't making any progress. It is better to be mindful of our thoughts and the best way to understand them is to write down what makes you impatient. This will help you slow down and focus on one task at a time. Slowly remove those things that stress you out.

The fourth tip is to relax and take deep breaths. Just try to relax and take deep breaths. Because taking slow deep breaths can help calm the mind and body. This is the easiest way to help ease any impatient feelings you are experiencing. If breathing doesn't help, I find that taking a long walk clears my head and can be helpful to get back to what are really important aspects of my life. The point is to find some time for yourself each day to decompress. It is time we all slow down and practice a little more patience. We would be less stressed and more mindful of the things that stress us out. If that leads us to happiness then isn't it something worth trying?

 

 

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