5 Tips to Less Stress Through More Patience

We have become a society that demands instant gratification. We connect with others instantly through cell phones, Facebook and Skype, anywhere we are, whatever we are doing. Our food is ready quickly and easily with pre-made packaged meals, microwaves and fast food drive through’s.  We don’t even have the time to get out of the car.


The problem with instant gratification is that we believe everything should be instant – including our ability to learn something.  The leads to unrealistic expectations for ourselves and others. Even worse, it has eroded our ability to learn patience.  Our need for instant gratification has made us very impatient which increases our stress levels.


Most of us are familiar with the frustration that begins to grow inside of us whenever we have to wait – for anything – the webpage to load or the traffic light to turn green. Over time, this frustration causes our stress levels to build and can cause our tempers to fray and our blood pressure to skyrocket!


Here are a few methods to help you increase your patience and reduce your stress level:


  1. Know yourself. Everyone has certain triggers – people, places, or things – that make them feel impatient and stressed out. Identify your triggers and develop ways that would allow you to successfully deal with them.


  1. Shift your perspective. The next time that you feel frustrated over a delay or other situation, mentally take a step back and look at the issue from a different perspective. Often our thinking about how frustrated or annoyed we are just magnifies the frustration.  Instead focus on finding a solution.  This helps you to feel less stressed.  It is easier to be patient when there is an end in sight. Try looking at all aspects of the situation in order to find a solution that helps you get past whatever obstacle is causing the issue.


  1. Look at how far you’ve come. If we’re slow to make progress towards our goals, we naturally begin to feel impatient. Focus on the progress that you have made and not what is till to be accomplished. A great way to maintain your motivation and increase your patience is by celebrating small milestones as you work towards your goal. When you find yourself feeling anxious about your slow progress, take a few deep breaths and remind yourself of what you have already achieved.


  1. Have realistic expectations. Sometimes we become impatient with ourselves and others because we have unrealistic expectations. Maybe your expectations for what you can accomplish in a given time frame are unrealistic. The next time you start to stress over a delay or other obstacle, try to be more flexible with both your expectations and your schedule. Maybe you are trying to do too much and need to reduce what you expect to accomplish within a certain time frame.


  1. Laugh. If you are able to laugh at the delays and frustrations, you will be able to enjoy your life more. A delay is an opportunity to do something different or unexpected. Find the humour in the absurd or make a joke out of the situation. Laughter releases endorphins and helps you to feel good!.


Learn to maintain your self-control in the face of delays and you will be able to increase your patience, decrease your stress and actually enjoy the journey.

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