Patience is a virtue, a very famous expression but often overlooked.
We live in a world where everyone wants things to happen now. "I want it, and I want it now"- this is often the mantra we unconsciously repeat to ourselves.
Fast food, fast fashion, fast recovery, fast relationships, and promotion, in every aspect of our lives, we look for things to happen fast. And when it doesn't happen, we become angry and frustrated with ourselves and those around us.
Being a patient person is an important step towards living a happy life. It can be life-changing for those who are used to living a fast-paced life. Below are some of the positive effects of practising patience in our daily live:
- - It allows us to deal with challenges calmly and rationally and stops us from making rash decisions.
- - It helps us figure out what matters in our lives and makes us realise that success will come to those who keep trying.
- - You become kind to yourself and those around you. We become more cooperative, empathetic, and forgiving. You become a better listener and can tolerate flaws in others. This will attract more people into our lives, making us a better friend, family member, work college, and a neighbour.
- - Being impatient means, we are always on the go and on edge. This leads to mental instability which can be harmful to our health and wellbeing.
- Practising patience helps us look after our mental health. It brings us peace of mind.
- - You become more persistent. This helps us build trust with ourselves and those around us allowing us to become more successful in our lives.
How to become a patient person?
To some people, being patient comes naturally but for others, it's not as easy. In a world where everyone wants results now, it is not surprising that more and more of us are struggling to practice patience in our daily lives. To help you get started, here are 5 simple tips:
Tip 1: Look at the bigger picture: When you feel like things aren't happening soon enough, try to look at the bigger picture. Reflect on your past experiences and look at how far have you come, what you have achieved, and recognise what you are capable of.
Tip 2: Practice patience daily: One of the best ways to become a more patient person is with practice. Start with smaller things such as being patient with weight loss or waiting extra 10 minutes for your food to get to you. After a little more practice, you can move on to bigger things.
Tip 3: Be mindful of things that trigger you: Understand what is causing you to become impatient. And if it is silly small things, then tell yourself to stop it, and it's OK to wait. After all, good things come to those who wait.
You can also write down your thoughts about what's making you impatient; things that just don't seem to happen quickly enough. This will help you get your thought together, slow down, and focus on things that matter.
Tip 4: Don't compare yourself to others: We sometimes get impatient because we compare ourselves to others. Stop doing this! We need to understand that we are all different individuals going through lives at a different pace. Just remember you are living for yourself, not to please those around you.
Tip 5: Keep Calm and take deep breaths: Being impatient comes with a lot of stress and anxiety. It's essential to keep your mind and body calm to function in our daily life. Simple things such as taking a deep breath can help us clear our minds. Give yourself at least 15 minutes per day to decompress and clear your mind.
The world can be a demanding place. We all want things to happen quickly, but sometimes it is good to slow down.
Practising patience in our daily lives will help us live happy and mindful lives. Why not start with these simple tips and see how it changes your life?