Every day you need patience, some days more than others. I have really had to practice my patience because things were not going according to my plans. My washer has been broken for a couple of months now so I need to rely on my sister, Heidi, for help doing my wash. While I am very grateful for all of her help I do not like needing to rely on her. She has been extra busy with her job and she thinks she might have a stress fracture in her foot. Now I haven’t been able to do wash for about a week and a half now so I have almost no clean clothes. She was going to do my wash yesterday so I stripped the bed and had my roommate bring everything down for her, but it turned out she did not have time to do it yesterday. Now here I am with a stripped bed and no I do not have an extra set of sheets – yet. I also have just about no clean underwear. Now today she came to get my wash and the good news is my wash is now clean. The bad news is it is still in her car, so one more night with an unmade bed and scraping the bottom of the underwear drawer. This is where my patience has been coming in.
Please don’t get me wrong my sister has been having problems too, that is part of the reason my wash still isn’t here. So now I need patience for both of us.
I hope you are still with me because I am about to explain why I just told you that story. You see I lost most of my sight back in 2004 and becoming disabled has taught me a lot of patience. It has also taught me that you cannot do everything by yourself. So now that I am disabled I have to ask people for help and I need the patience to wait.
I thought since I have had to practice my patience this weekend I would share a couple of tips Hopefully the next time you get stressed you will be able to remember the following tips and remain calm.
First, have you ever heard the saying a good defense is a good offense? That is how you need to look at patience. You need to work on becoming more patient before you need to call on it. You practice by having a few good affirmations at the ready. Just saying simple affirmations can help get you through when you need your patience. Here are a few examples:
All is well, good things are coming my way.
It shows great strength to ask for help
I am always patient with myself and others.
Now you can think up your own affirmations. Make sure your affirmations are positive so they help.
The next tip is to breathe. Take several deep breaths, in through the nose out through the mouth. I find this works best with my eyes closed. You may want to combine these two tips so you say your affirmation while you are taking your deep breaths.
Third, take a walk. Removing yourself from the situation will give you time to calm down and clear your head. It may also stop you from saying things you will later regret. If you can’t take a walk then try going outside to get some fresh air for a few minutes. Again the removing yourself is the most important part of this tip.
Now you have 3 tips to help you the next time you need to call on your patience. If you want more tips join me for my teleseminar on Patience happening on March 1, 2016 at 3pm EST. It will be a lot of fun and you might even receive a free gift! Please go to the following link to sign up, but hurry space is limited! http://www.freshoutlookcoach.com/adding-patienc-being-toolbox/