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P is for Patience

Updated: Apr 8

In the hustle of contemporary life, where immediate gratification and constant connectivity rule the day, the value of patience often gets pushed aside. Yet, this seemingly simple idea holds significant power in supporting mental health and fostering a sense of well-being.

Patience is more than just waiting for things to unfold; it's a state of mind that allows us to navigate life's challenges in a more chill way. It means accepting the present, even when it doesn't match our expectations, and trusting that everything will unfold in its own time.

Sounds good, right? But let's be real. Practicing patience is tough. This is especially true when you're eagerly waiting for that one message, in line, the next bus, or a big event. Impatience can bring on feelings of anxiety and restlessness. Coping with these discomforts requires healthy mechanisms to calm the busy mind.

When impatience kicks in, it acts as a signal, revealing underlying needs. Maybe it's the longing for closure, a sense of certainty, anticipation of change, a desire for control, a sense of urgency, or excitement about what lies ahead. Acknowledging these signals provides an opportunity for a more conscious response, steering away from impulsive reactions.

The aim isn't flawless patience but rather a step back to appreciate the present and explore alternatives within our control. We can't fast-forward time, but we can take a look at what we need right now and explore doable alternatives to get through the waiting game.

The journey towards patience is a continuous one. If you stumble along the way, that's alright; the key is to reassess, align with what's best for your well-being, and try again.

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