Meaning Experiment of the Week – Patience

How patient would you say you are? Or better yet, when your patience is tested how do you fare?

In the week approaching there will most likely be many opportunities for you to see how patient you can be. If you are finalising your Christmas shopping this week and dealing with the crowds you may find your patience challenged more than you would like.

Or perhaps you plan to attend the Christmas Sales early next week and you may require more patience than normal to deal with the bustling crowds.

It’s also that time of year when you tend to spend time with people that you might not normally choose to spend time with. Maybe you’re really tired after a long year of working and you’d prefer this holiday to be a time to relax rather than a time to interact. How patient will you be with those around you?

If you have children then they are likely a lot more hyperactive at the moment than usual. Do you have enough patience in your reserves for them?

This time of year can be frantic and when you are already overtired and a little stressed, your level of patience may not be what you would like it to be. This week observe your levels of patience and try these techniques to remain as calm and serene as you can.

Feel your Impatience

To improve your patience you first need to be aware of when your level of impatience is on the rise. Usually you will notice your heart begin to beat faster, there will be a tightening in your chest or stomach and you’ll feel a shortness of breath.


Instead of snapping at a relative, swearing under your breath or beeping your horn in anger at an inconsiderate driver, take a breath first. A few deep breaths is more miraculous than you might realise.

Keep Some Perspective

When you feel yourself losing your patience, and after you’ve taken a few deep breaths, try to gain some perspective on whether it is really worth your energy. I’m sure the vast majority of the time you’ll find that it is a complete waste of your attention.

Change Your Focus

Change what you are thinking about at that moment. If you are waiting in what seems like a never ending line at the shops, think about something pleasant that you are planning to do later that day or evening. Daydream. Observe the other people in line with you. Change your focus and you’ll notice the physical symptoms dissipate straight away.

The above are a few quick things for you to experiment with and I’d love you to share any other strategies that you think you might want to try when situations becoming trying this week.