Home Care in Mooresville, NC – How to be More Patient
Patience is the key to everything. It can make life flow by much smoother. The problems arise when you are impatient about things that aren’t going as fast as you want them to. You might feel your body getting tense, your emotions getting short, your heart racing, you start sweating. Does this sound familiar? Most of us have moments of impatience once in a while, but if you find it’s happening on a regular basis, it’s time to start doing something to remedy it.
Why do we need patience?
“Others often see impatient people as arrogant, insensitive, and impulsive. They can be viewed as poor decision makers, because they make quick judgments or interrupt people. Some people will even avoid impatient people, because of their poor people skills and bad tempers. People with these personality traits are unlikely to be at the top of the list for promotions to leadership positions. Impatience can even affect relationships at home. The more patient you are with others, the likelier you are to be viewed positively by your peers and your managers, not to mention your family and friends.”
Signs you are becoming impatient
You may experience some physiological symptoms when impatience is taking over. Here are a few:
- The feeling like you’re rushing around
- You are making snap decisions
- You are trying to think quickly
- Irritability and anger
- Nervousness and anxiety
- Muscle tension
- Clenching your hands
- Restless feet; jiggling your knees up and down
- Shallow breathing, quick breaths
- Heart racing
What are the causes?
There are inevitably some things that trigger impatience. If you can identify them, you can empower yourself to be more patient. Write down some of these causes that you’re aware of, and some strategies on how you can implement more patience when the same or similar
situation arises again. This will help you have more choice over your emotions. Wouldn’t it be nice to choose to be patient under a circumstance when you’re most likely to become impatient (like rush hour traffic) for example? Since there’s nothing you can do to change the rush hour traffic, you might as well find a different way to perceive your situation so you don’t have to lose patience.
There is always an escalating stress level involved with impatience. Patience on the other hand, allows you to keep calm, keep your cool, and not arise your physiological responses like heartbeat, breathing, blood pressure and so on. In other words, practicing more patience is very good for your health.
If you find that you are unable as a family caregiver to learn to be patient with your elderly loved one, the best solution is hiring an in-home care provider. Removing yourself from the situation will allow you to re-group, and focus on your relationship with your senior loved one.