There’s nothing like chronic illness to put your patience to the test. When you become sick, you spend a lot of time waiting – waiting to figure out what’s wrong with you, waiting for treatment options, waiting to find a new ‘normal’ again. There are no quick fixes or overnight cures.
And all the while, your illness doesn’t take a break. That’s the big difference between getting worked up over being stuck in traffic or other irritating situations – you can’t escape your own body and mind.
The urban dictionary defines patience as ‘the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, problems or suffering without becoming annoyed or anxious.’ But in a world of instant gratification, being patient is slowly becoming an old-fashioned virtue.
Take a look at these 14 patience quotes to help you hang in there when your persistence is being tested.
No one knows what the future will bring, but that doesn’t stop most of us from wondering what might happen. While fantasizing about your dream trip, that cute date or your next career move can be motivating and constructive, worrying too much triggers all kinds of physical and emotional reactions.
When you’re overly concerned about a troubling situation, you probably have trouble sleeping and experience tense muscles, poor concentration and high stress levels. Excessive worrying may even lead to anxiety disorders, digestive problems, high blood pressure and a weakened immune system.
Just like ruminating about past events, you can stop your worrying from becoming problematic by moving your body, engaging in constructive forms of distraction and practicing mindfulness.
Take a look at these 12 stress-busting quotes about worrying to face your future, come what may, with more confidence.
But our modern-day fixation on happiness has some downsides. When you expect to wake up with a smile every day, it can be hard to deal with the sadness and anxiety you’ll inevitably feel. Accepting negative emotions as a normal part of life may actually protect you from developing depressive symptoms. What’s more, because there’s so much focus on what you yourself can do to feel happier, our positivity culture puts a lot of responsibility on a person’s shoulders. If you aren’t jumping for joy, you must be doing something wrong.
One of the reasons why we struggle with the pursuit of happiness, is the way we define being happy.
What does ‘happiness’ mean to you?
Happiness can mean a lot of different things to different people. In the English language and positive psychology field, ‘happiness’ can refer to:
fleeting emotions of joy, excitement and pleasure;
a collection of multiple positive emotions over time;
a global assessment of your life satisfaction.
You’ve probably read plenty of headlines about “20 ways to feel happier instantly” in the past few years. And although it’s important to learn how you can cultivate more positive emotions like hope, joy and awe, we pay a lot of attention to our day-to-day fluctuations in happiness. But being cheerful all the time under tough circumstances like chronic illness, financial problems and relationship troubles is hard – and arguably not that healthy.
What if we’d focus more on happiness as an overall, long-term sense of contentment? Instead of being triggered by outside events or momentary thoughts, true happiness would be more about how satisfied you are with your life most of the time. Not that you should be happy-go-lucky every day, but that you experience an enduring appreciation of your family and friends, career or life-as-a-whole.
To ponder what true happiness means to you, take a look at these 12 uplifting happiness quotes.
From biblical tales to action hero movies, courage is a virtue that’s universally admired. Many stories portray the courageous knights, explorers and freedom fighters as people who are fearless and bold.
But in reality, courage doesn’t mean you’re not afraid. On the contrary: without fear, there is no courage.
Courage is about feeling the fear yet deciding to act anyway. Not in a reckless way, but thoughtfully taking necessary risks. More than just physical bravery, courage is also about keeping your head held high when life gets tough. It’s about standing up for what’s right, even if you might get hurt. As Brené Brown has shown us, there lies true courage in daring to be vulnerable.
Thankfully, courage isn’t something you’re born with or not – it’s a skill that can be cultivated. Do you want to be braver? Take a look at these 12 courage quotes.
Do you feel stuck in the moment? Scared and overwhelmed, not knowing what to do or how to take back control of your life?
You want to move on, but you don’t know where to start. Even if you do, it’s scary to stand at the beginning of a long, challenging journey like working on your recovery or going after your dreams. Like Guy Kawasaki said, “The hardest thing about getting started is getting started.”
If you feel like you’re drowning in the mud, pause for a moment and take a step back. Breathe in deeply and slowly until you feel calmer and clear-headed. Then, get all your concerns, to-do’s and plans out of your head and unto paper. That way, it’s easier to see what your priorities are and which activities you can delete or delegate.
Finally, the ‘only’ thing left to do, is actually doing what needs to be done. The only one who can change your life is you, so stop waiting for permission or that perfect timing that will never come. Just take the first step – no matter how tiny – and you’ll discover that once you get started, it gets easier to keep moving forward.
Take a look at these 12 quotes that will motivate you to take action and get one step closer to your goal today.
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