Everyone is likely to become impatient on occasion. But there may be serious consequences when bouts of impatience are an everyday occurrence.
HEALTH RISKS: For one thing, impatience is linked to frustration, irritation, and even anger. Such emotions can raise our stress level, which in turn can harm our health. A recent study published by the American Medical Association specifically pointed to impatience as a risk factor for hypertension, even among young adults.
There are other problems associated with the lack of patience. A recent study revealed that impatience is linked to obesity. The researchers found that impatient individuals are more likely to be obese than people who are good at waiting. In some areas, inexpensive fast food is easily available at all times of the day, and many impatient people cannot resist the temptation.
ALCOHOL ABUSE AND VIOLENT: Impatient people were more likely to drink alcohol heavily and were prone to violence
PROCRASTINATION: Could it be that they feel compelled to postphone time-consuming tasks because they do not have the patience needed to bring the tasks to completion?
POOR JUDGMENT: Impatient people often make quick, shallow choices.
FINANCIAL WOES: Impatience led many thousands of ordinary people to seek to acquire properties of much higher value than their saving justified. They thus sought to borrow collectively immense sums that they could not hope to repay for many years –and, in some cases, ever
LOSS OF FRIENDS: Who wants to be with somebody who is tapping [his or her] toes all the time [or] looking at the watch all the time? Yes, impatience is not a very attractive quality. It will drive your friends away.
HOW TO BE PATIENT; AFTER reading the preceding article, you will probably agree that the more patient you are, the more likely you are to enjoy better health, make better decisions, and have good friends. So how can you learn to be more patient? Consider the following recommendations.
Identify the causes; things or situations that make you impatient have been called impatience triggers. What triggers your impatience?
Simplify your life; slow down and smell the roses, as the old adage says. Make time to enjoy life. Make time to establish deep friendships with few people, rather than pursuing shallow friendships with a huge network of people. Budget your time, and set your priorities wisely. Beware of time-wasting hobbies and gadgets.
Be realistic; have a realistic view of life. First of all, in real life, things do not always happen as fast as we wish. Accept the fact that the time moves at the speed of time and not at the speed of your expectations. That is patience.