5 Tips on How to be More Patient
#9 of an Inspirational Series
A Quick Look:
1. How to Build Your Power of Patience
2. Nilakshi’s Story of Patience
3. 5 Tips on How to be More Patient
4. Learning to Practice Patience –
A Personal Story
How to build your Power of Patience…
Have you ever stood in line to make a purchase to find the queue growing longer and tempers fraying at the wait for service?
This is due to the awful virus of instant gratification that has infected us all. We need to get what we want at once or we lose it totally. Like the kid in the candy aisle who throws a tantrum.
Let’s look at what patience is. Wikipedia defines patience as:
‘the ability to endure difficult circumstances such as perseverance in the face of delay; tolerance of provocation without responding in annoyance/anger; or forbearance when under strain, especially when faced with longer-term difficulties’
Nilakshi’s personal story of patience…..
Since I was a child I have had to keep patient, because I was not a good looking child for some of my relatives. I was not good enough as they thought. But you know, those negative comments and behavior made me strong. I never lost my patience over anything, I just concentrated on becoming better without any competition to others.
Now those people who thought I was full of lack… feel proud of me! And as patient as I was, I decided to simply keep my circle small and choose whom I want there. I stay away from those dramas and people and silently pray for all of them. I don’t have to prove anything to anyone, but I owe my younger self a life full of positivity, inspiration, and encouragement. So, I choose myself and I didn’t complain about anything. Rather I surrounded myself with happy people.
By Nilakshi at Meraki Musings
Here are 5 Tips on How to be more Patient
1. Identify impatience signs
Rate your impatience with these questions.
- Does your breathing become shallow?
- Do you become angry and irritable?
- Do you make hasty decisions?
- Do you clench your fists?
- Does your jawline tighten?
If you answered ‘YES’ to most of them, you may have issues with patience.
2. Know your impatience triggers
Self-reflect and draw up a list of situations that make you impatient. Next to each, list a few practical ways to deal with them.
For example, the Saturday morning grocery shop and the crazy queues.
Perhaps shop online or go early Saturday morning or late Friday night.
3. Build patience skills
These activities all simple and only require patience and time.
Do them regularly and you’re sure to find yourself growing calmer, more understanding and tolerant:
- Jigsaw puzzles
- Adult coloring books
- Paint by Numbers
- Make beaded bracelets
- Knit a scarf
These are all solo projects that are also so rewarding that they can easily grow into a new hobby.
4. Do Tai Chi
This post by the Mayo Clinic states:
‘Tai chi is an ancient Chinese tradition that, today, is practiced as a graceful form of exercise. It involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing.’
Tai Chi is a mindful exercise. Regular sessions boost your immune system, reduce stress and balance the mind and body.
Check out this YouTube video to get started with TaiChi:
Beautiful, calming and graceful. Give it a try.
5. Practice tolerance and understanding
These are the two most important values in developing patience.
To go back to the grocery shopping example, instead of getting frustrated understand that the store may be short-staffed. Or that the checkout person is still new to the job.
Why not do something to occupy yourself? Listen to a humorous podcast or read a magazine or a newspaper. You will be amazed at how quickly the time will pass.
Better still get to know the person ahead of and behind you in the queue.
Further reading you may enjoy:
The Skill of Patience
Following is a personal story of patience that you will likely relate to…..
Learning to Practice Patience While Building a Blog
What is patience? Well, based on what I know, it’s the capacity to stay calm while you’re waiting for an outcome. Especially a result that you need or really want.
Honestly, I’m struggling with that right now.
After working diligently to build a social following on Pinterest for the past year, I have over 1,600 followers and 1.5 mil monthly views. I am proud of that hard work. For anyone that blogs and counts on multiple sources of traffic, Pinterest can be a great source to tap into your audience.
Long story short, out of nowhere – My Pinterest account got suspended for apparent spam. Ouch!
My heart is broken.
After reaching out to my peers through Facebook groups I belong to for moral support, I followed their sage advice and have contacted Pinterest directly through their help form and via email. I have also read up on what to do when your account gets suspended. That being said, now I just have to wait…
Patience is required.
Here are some take-aways from my experience so far:
- I had to stop and take a deep breath when I received the news.
- Lean on friends and peers for support – the cheer ups helped my moral!
- Stay calm and rational. Perhaps this is simply an error?
- Maintain a positive attitude. It’s easy to become demotivated when faced with this kind of challenge.
- I will use this “waiting” time to focus on other areas of my business.
Hopefully, my situation will be resolved soon but until I have news, I will have to be patient. This requires determination and focus to plow along on my blogging journey at PartyPlanningSolutions.com and not let this negative experience derail my long term goals.
UPDATE: About two weeks later, Kerry’s Pinterest account was reinstated. Her Power of Patience definitely paid off. You can now visit her on Pinterest at Party Planning Solutions.
When not brainstorming awesome party ideas, I can usually be found with a cup of coffee or glass of wine in hand 😉 I’m addicted to Pinterest and have 3 cats. Founder @ PartyPlanningSolutions.com
I hope you resonated with some of these ways to be more patient in life.
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