Tips for Patience

Being patient is not something that comes naturally. Patience is a skill. Here are some ways to strengthen this skill.

1) Try to figure out the reason of your impatience. If you are very busy, make sure you know exactly why it is so. Once you have pinpointed what things you are in such a hurry to finish, be sure to spread them out so you do things one at a time. If possible, give some of your responsibility to others; appoint them to help you out. Make a to do list, too, so you can see what you have done and need to do.

2) Make sure you know what makes you impatient. If you know what people or things make you lose your patience, you will be able to anticipate yourself, and keep calm.

3) When you are feeling particularly angry or frustrated, it will most likely be because you are feeling impatient. Step back and take in what is going on around you for a second. What people do you need to move away from, what can things can you do later, and what is important enough to be done that minute?

4) Take a deep breath, and remind yourself that you do not control time. You can manage your own time, but you cannot control it all. All things take time to occur, and being impatient won’t make the world spin faster.

5) Count to ten, and take a small break. Pause and take your mind off all that is going on, and when you start again, it will hopefully be with a renewed vigor and restored patience.

Remember that patience is important in Islam:

“These will be given their reward twice over, because they are patient, and repel evil with good, and spend out of what We have provided them.” (28.54)

We hope that these tips will help you maintain your patience!

-Adapted from Zenhabits


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