These are trying times for us all. Dealing with anxiety and stress can be a struggle. When we are overwhelmed most of the time, we end up feeling exhausted. It’s times like this that we can use patience to manage anxiety and stress.
Use Patience to Manage Anxiety and Stress
Patience Over Everything
Unlike the common notion, patience isn’t an inborn quality. It is a quality that you have to work on daily. In the fast paced life today, stress has become common, and patience is one of the simplest ways to deal with it. Allow yourself to slow down and experience each moment in its present state. Patience teaches you that it is okay to not do everything in one go- it is okay that there are tasks that are yet to be done.
It teaches you to be grounded and experience the present, which is a quick ways to stop stress and anxiety right in its tracks.
Ditch the Control
A lot of us tend to be unhappy with our lives and are stressed and anxious because we want to have control over everything in life. When things don’t go the way we want them to, we get frustrated and overwhelmed. We don’t rest until things go back to the way they ‘are supposed to.’
The more we learn that we are not always in control of everything in our life, the better we get at patience. The next time you’re in a situation that you don’t like and don’t seem to have any power over, relax. Slow down and listen to what life seems to be telling you. Try to look at things from a different perspective. Is there something you can do? Is the situation teaching you something? Will you having control over the situation make it better? Will you be happier after that happens?
More often than not, what most of us really need to distract ourselves and get ourselves into a more positive, productive frame of mind is just a little change in direction. One of the best ways to ditch all your anxiety for good is to immerse yourself completely into something else- it can be literally anything that helps keep you engaged- taking up a new sport, learning a new skill, reading a good book, etc.
Analyze your current situation and and see if changing paths is something you can do. Think over whether it will help you heal and give you peace of mind and then take it from there.
Once you start to bring more patience into your life, you’ll see how you transform into a more compassionate, peaceful and happy individual.