How to Be Patient and Why It's Good for You

Patience,"the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset". Practicing patience takes great effort, especially when we live in a world where patience is almost extinct. Everything is fast, easy, and on the go. Being patient is actually a simple concept to apply, but for some reason people find it difficult to put into practice because of the fast-paced lifestyle we have grown into.

How is Being Patient Good for Me?

When you are patient you are able to manage obstacles in a better manner and it also welcomes calmness, optimism, hope, and confidence into your life. Basically, when you practice patience you are more likely to lead a successful and happy lifestyle. It's a good way to practice self-control and take mindful charge of your life. 

Here are 3 other ways patience can improve your life:

Make Better Decisions 

Patience gives you time to assess difficult situations and reflect on how you're going to take action. When you don't allow yourself patience you make rash decisions which can sometimes bring even bigger problems. Patience can also improve your self-confidence and you'll become readily aware that if you rush into making a decision it may not bring a favorable outcome. 

Live a Well-Balanced Life

As you practice patience on a regular basis, you'll be able to greatly reduce the stress in your life. This is due to the fact that you'll be more self-aware and have a better understanding of what makes you happy and focus on that joy on a regular basis. As you focus on what makes you happy, you'll become aware of how to live your life in a balanced manner instead of constantly having to put out fires. 

Establish Valuable Relationships

At this point, you're pretty familiar with the fact that patience helps you become more understanding and self-aware. As you become a more open and accepting person, you'll be more flexible towards other's mistakes and flaws. This will in turn help you build stronger and longer-lasting relationships. Patience is a mindset and it's not something that you can master overnight. If you really want to become a more patient individual, you have to be willing to do the work. 

Patience has to be embraced and accepted. It's part of a life-long journey which is why you have to be willing to be in it for the long run and accept that it takes time and dedication. If you are okay with getting out of your comfort zone for a change and recognizing that building patience takes time, then you are ready to welcome patience into your life.

How Can I Become More Patient?

Talking about the benefits of becoming more patient is one thing but how can you start practicing patience? Check out these strategies:

1. Identify your Triggers

In order for you to become more patient you have to know what triggers your impatience. What causes you to lose your patience? What do you think about or feel right before you explode? Once you know what triggers you then you can work on seeking helpful methods that can calm you down when you start feeling impatient. 

Make yourself wait before you react and practice deep breathing exercises to help you manage those triggers. Meditate and apply mindfulness into your daily life. It'll help you stay focused and in tune with reality. All these methods will work together in order to help you make rational decisions and assess situations. 

2. Focus on What's Important 

Distractions are all around us and these distractions can cause stress when we do things that aren't important and instead just take up a huge chunk of our time. In order to remove stress you simply have to stop doing things that create stress. Towards the end of the day, take some time to reflect on the tasks you have completed. Write these tasks down and then write down the tasks you have for tomorrow. 

Patience is all about having a more positive outlook on life so look at these tasks and determine which are top priority for tomorrow and which can wait a few more days. Then, go ahead and complete the important tasks. Practicing this technique on the regular will help you take control of your life and allow you to spend time doing things that truly matter. 

 3. Work on your Attitude

Attitude is everything and so is your mindset. A patient person is able to assess situations from a positive perspective. It is also easier for them to accept difficult situations as they are instead of fighting or avoiding it. Patience helps you work through obstacles and seek a solution that will enable you to keep moving forward. 

Patience is all about perspective and how you choose to look at situations. Life is constantly throwing roadblocks at you and it's up to you to apply patience in order to find your way out. If you have a positive mindset you won't let the perils of life get to you and create stress in your life. Choosing the impatient method will only impede you from taking control of your life and seeking the happiness you deserve.