Think Positively About Waiting

Think Positively About Waiting

Do you have trouble waiting? Why? If you were delayed a few minutes or even a few hours, what’s the worst that could happen? Would you or a loved one die? Would you miss your opportunity of a lifetime? If this is the case, it makes sense if you are in a hurry. But if not, studies have shown that feeling time pressured and getting angry is likely detrimental to your health.

Instead, try a different approach. Think about waiting not as wasted time but as precious moments. If you are waiting without any companions, so much the better. Savor waiting like it’s the best experience you ever had. Actually try and slow time down as if you are on an exclusive vacation that you never want to end.

This is an example of the power of reframing- turning a stressful situation around by finding more constructive ways to think about it until you feel better. See if you can do this the next time you have to wait. I’ve been waiting for someone for quite a while right now and am enjoying it immensely. Really. Anyway, I used the time to write to you about waiting.


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